Museums in a Digital Culture: How Art and Heritage Become Meaningful

edited by Chiel van den Akker and Chiel Legêne
Amsterdam University Press, 2017
eISBN: 978-90-485-2480-8, Cloth: 978-90-8964-661-3

The experience of engaging with art and history has been utterly transformed by information and communications technology in recent decades. We now have virtual, mediated access to countless heritage collections and assemblages of artworks, which we intuitively browse and navigate in a way that wasn't possible until very recently. This collection of essays takes up the question of the cultural meaning of the information and communications technology that makes these new engagements possible, asking questions like: How should we theorise the sensory experience of art and heritage? What does information technology mean for the authority and ownership of heritage?

Dr. Susan Lêgene is Professor of Political History at the Department of History at the VU University Amsterdam. Her research focuses on processes of inclusion and exclusion in colonial and postcolonial nation state formation.Dr. Chiel van den Akker is lecturer Historical Theory at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is the author of Elementaire Deeltjes - Geschiedenis (Athenaeum 2019) and The Exemplifying Past. A Philosophy of History (Amsterdam University Press 2018).

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