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Raingard Esser (Faculty of Arts)

Raingard Esser
Raingard Esser

Things that Matter. Materials and Culture in/for the Digital Age. A Virtual Exhibition of Objects in University Libraries, Museums and Collections

The project builds on the international VLE Research Master course “Things that Matter” with staff and students from the RUG and the universities of Uppsala and Durham. The aim of the module is three-fold: 1st It brings our University collections to the attention of a wider academic and non-academic public. 2nd It invites students to use VLE technologies to create and share their own “Virtual Exhibition”. 3rd It requires them to critically reflect on the changing nature of objects such as books and scientific instruments as source materials; the history and practice of collections and collecting, digitization and its challenges (both technological and intellectually) and the relevance of national contexts and socio-political agents in charge of collecting, preserving and presenting objects. I will use the FIT Fellowship to critically evaluate the pilot project with a view to publish a joint article on the method, theoretical framework and practical implementation of this approach to virtual learning together with my partners in Uppsala and Durham. On the basis of these reflections, we will prepare a follow-up module for Research Master students of our partner institutions in 2019. Lastly, we want to give the project a durable and visible online platform on the websites of the University Libraries and Museums involved.

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