The Symposium


Lost Museums: a Symposium on the Ephemerality & Afterlives of Museums & Collections

The official symposium website

May 6 – 8, 2015
Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, RI

Held in conjunction with the year-long exhibition project on Brown’s lost Jenks Museum, the symposium will address the history of museums from a new direction: not their founding, but their disappearance.

We have received about 180 proposals from all over the world (including North America, Europe, Africa, and Latin America) addressing these questions. From that impressive pool, we have invited 30 presenters to join us in Providence May 6-8, 2015.

Follow up:

A selection of papers from the Symposium was published as a special issue of the Museum History Journal  in 2017: Volume 10, Issue 1. Access here. 


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