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November & December at Medical Museion


Winter is coming and in this newsletter we are looking back at some Autumn highlights as well as forward to Sandra Dudley’s seminar on “The possibilities of things: an object-centred view and its implications for museums” on November 15th. You can find details of how to attend in person or online below, along with reports on the opening of the new exhibition Obesity – What’s the problem?, Culture Night 2012, the 225th Anniversary of The Royal Academy of Surgeons, and the influx of sociologists for the 4S/EASST conference. Keep an eye out for our Christmas Calendar on Facebook in December. We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!
Sandra Dudley

Sandra Dudley Visits Medical Museion

In mid-November Medical Museion receives a visit from Sandra Dudley, head of Exhibitions and Collections at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester. Dudley has a background in anthropology and has researched at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford and the Smithsonian in Washington DC among other places.
 
At Medical Museion we are particularly excited to hear about her views on materiality and the impact of sensory and aesthetic qualities in museum exhibits. She will give a seminar entitled: “The possibilities of things: an object-centred view and its implications for museums” (see abstract here).
 
Thursday 15th November in the auditorium. Seminar at 15-16.30 followed by drinks in the reception room.
A video of the talk will be made available online shortly after the seminar. Link will appear here.

Grand opening of 'Obesity - What's the problem?'

More than 100 people gathered in the auditorium on 3rd October for opening of new exhibition Obesity – What’s the problem?. The exhibition is best described as a case study into the Gastric Bypass operation and the new metabolic research that surrounds it. The exhibition gives a window onto how we understand and treat severe obesity today, but doesn’t aim to provide easy solutions to this complex issue. You can see an exhibition video teaser here, you can catch a glimpse of the opening in this video here, and you can read the opening speeches here – and you might have spotted the exhibition on the electronic calendar AOK.
Culture Night 2012

Report from Culture Night at Medical Museion

Culture Night took place on a clear Autumn night on 12th October and we were delighted to welcome approximately 1400 visitors. The permanent exhibitions along with Balance & Metabolism, Experiences of Ageing and Obesity – What’s The Problem? were open to the public. CEKU (Center for Clinical Education) presented live scans of the human body and taught interested visitors how to sew like a surgeon, on long-suffering rubber arms. Assistant professor Adam Bencard and consultant surgeon Jesper Olsen gave introductory speeches on The History of Surgery, and Robots in the Operating Theatre, respectively. Warming glühwein was served with a smile in the courtyard.
Get a sense of the ambience and watch the Culture Night presentation video here.

The 225th Anniversary of The Royal Academy of Surgeons

Medical Museion’s exhibition building, originally The Royal Academy of Surgeons, celebrated its 225th birthday on the 25th of October. The academy had been founded two years earlier but the building in Bredgade was not ready for use until 1787. The neoclassical building was created by the Danish Architect Peter Meyn who had prepared himself well for the task by going on a fieldtrip to Paris. This is especially evident when walking through the main rooms including the auditorium, which to this day continues to make a big impression on visitors. The auditorium has been used for a range of educational purposes since 1787. In the past, it was the scene of anatomical dissections. Today, the auditorium is used for PhD defences and has recently housed the event series Body|Medicine|Object – Close Encounters of the Material Kind. The event series will be continued in 2013.

Sociologists, Nordic Food, and Twitter

On October 17-20, thousands of scholars of science and technology arrived in Copenhagen for the 4S/EASST conference at Copenhagen Business School. They were treated to new nordic food, cycling trips, so many presentations that the programme book was an inch thick, and, of course, an invitation to visit the new exhibitions at Medical Museion. International scholars with very different perspectives on obesity then gathered in the auditorium of Medical Museion for an introductory talk by anthropologist Astrid Jespersen and lead curator Bente Vinge Pedersen, and then headed into the exhibition for close encounters with the kinds of surgical instruments, medicines, and tissue samples that many of them write about in their research.
There was also a very lively debate at the conference about how sociological insights into how science works ‘in the real world’ can be brought together with public perspectives to produce more democratic science policy. You can sample this and other debates on the Twitter storify put together by Museion Director Thomas Söderqvist.

The museum is closed around Christmas and New Year

Medical Museion is closed for public museum visitors from 22nd December until 2nd January. We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Popular picks from our web universe

The Medical Museion blog continues to feature voices from across the curatorial, exhibition, and academic staff, and highlights activities here alongside current debates across medical science, science communication, and museology. Here are a few recent highlights.
Benefits of science communication - for the scientist

BY NINA BJERGLUND ANDERSEN 6 OCT 2012
How can communicating your research benefit you as a researcher? This was the theme of module 3 of the Public Health Science Communication Course and also a question raised on this blog in aprevious post. To my surprise finding good literature on this topic was not easy, but thanks to the help of you readers (thank you for all your tips) and the students in the class we did manage to get up with a list of benefits which I’d like to share here. (read more)
Putting the magic back into medicine

BY THOMAS SÖDERQVIST 31 OCT 2012
Just learned from a job ad on the UKMCG-list that the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds is launching a new research and curatorial project titled “Putting the Magic Back into Medicine”. The project, which is funded by Arts Council England, is meant to lay the foundations for transforming the Thackray Museum’s identity by, as they put it, “overcoming the perception of medicine as scary and serious”. Instead they want to “make medicine magical” for their visitors, both kids and adults. (read more)
DIY microscopy: A hack for Medical Museion

BY KARIN TYBJERG 11 OCT 2012
What is “hacking”? A way to customize one’s surroundings by readily available means.  At a recent workshop on biohacking organized by Labitat in collaboration with Medical Museion I tried a very fine hack – a web cam customized for communicating microbiology. The hack is based on an ordinary cheap web cam. With a small screw driver most webcams can be relieved of their shell and their electronic innards laid bare. (read more)

November & december på Medicinsk Museion

Vinteren nærmer sig og i dette kombinerede november/december-nyhedsbrev skuer vi både tilbage til et par højdepunkter i efteråret og fremad til det kommende seminar med Sandra Dudley: ”The possibilities of things: an object-centred view and its implications for museums”. Nedenfor kan du læse om, hvordan du kan deltage i seminaret enten i egen person eller online. Nedenfor kan du ligeledes læse friske stemningsrapporter fra åbningen af den nye udstilling Fedme – hvad er problemet?, Kulturnatten 2012, Det Kgl. Kirurgiske Akademis 225-års fødselsdag og sociologers tilstrømning til 4S/EASST-konferencen. I december kan du i øvrigt følge vores særlige julekalender på Facebook. Vi ønsker dig en god jul og et godt nytår!

Sandra Dudley

Sandra Dudley besøger Medicinsk Museion

Midt i november får Medicinsk Museion besøg af Sandra Dudley, som er leder af Exhibitions and Collections ved School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester. Dudley kommer fra en baggrund i antropologi og har forsket ved bl.a. Pitt Rivers Museum i Oxford og Smithsonian Institution i Washington D.C..
På Medicinsk Museion er vi særlig spændte på at høre om hendes interesser i materialitet og den æstetiske og sanselige oplevelse af genstande. På seminaret vil hun tale om: “The possibilities of things: an object-centred view and its implications for museums” (se abstract her).
 
Torsdag d. 15. november i auditoriet. Foredrag kl. 15-16.30 fulgt af drinks I receptionslokalet.
En video af Sandra Dudleys oplæg vil blive gjort tilgængelig online her efter seminaret.

Åbningen af 'Fedme - hvad er problemet?'

Over 100 mennesker fyldte Høresalen, da Medicinsk Museion den 3. oktober åbnede udstillingen Fedme - hvad er problemet?. Udstillingen kan bedst beskrives som et casestudie af operationen Gastric Bypass og den nyeste metabolismeforskning, der også siger noget mere generelt om, hvordan vi forstår og behandler svær overvægt i dag. Det er en kompleks problemstilling, og udstillingen lover heller ingen nemme løsninger. Se en videoteaser for udstillingen her, få et glimt af åbningsaftenen i videoen her, og læs åbningsaftenens taler her – måske er du også faldet over udstillingen i den elektroniske kalender AOK.

Sociologer, nordisk madkunst og Twitter

Den 17.-20. oktober samledes tusinder af forskere i videnskab og teknologi ved Copenhagen Business School til 4S/EASST-konferencen. De fremmødte blev præsenteret for ny nordisk madkunst, cykelrejser og så mange præsentationer, at konferencens programbog var en tomme tyk, og sidst men ikke mindst selvfølgelig en invitation til at besøge Medicinsk Museions nye udstilling. Internationale forskere med meget forskellige perspektiver på fedme samledes i Medicinsk Museions auditorium for at høre de indledende taler ved antropolog Astrid Jespersen og chefkurator Bente Vinge Pedersen. Efterfølgende stimlede folk til udstillingen for at få et nærmere kig på de mange kirurgiske instrumenter, medicintyper og vævsprøver, som mange af dem selv skriver om i deres forskning.

Der var også en livlig debat ved konferencen om, hvordan sociologiske perspektiver på hvordan videnskab virker i ”den virkelige verden” kan føres sammen med offentlighedens perspektiver med det mål at skabe en mere demokratisk videnskabspolitik. Du kan få et indblik i denne og andre af konferencens debatter via museumchef Thomas Söderqvists kompilerede Twitter storify.

Det Kgl. Kirurgiske Akademi 225 år

Medicinsk Museions udstillingsbygning fyldte rundt sidst i oktober. Helt præcist var det den 25. oktober for 225 år siden, at huset blev indviet og taget i brug som uddannelsesinstitution. Det Kongelige Kirurgiske Akademi var formelt stiftet to år tidligere, men huset stod først klar til indvielse i 1787. Den nyklassicistiske bygning blev tegnet af Peter Meyn, der havde forberedt sig grundigt til opgaven under en studierejse til Paris. Det kan især mærkes i husets centrale rum: Høresalen, der stadig overvælder og betager besøgende i huset. Salen har dannet centrum om undervisning lige side. I dag bruges den ofte til Ph.d.-forsvar, og senest har Medicinsk Museion lanceret eventserien Krop|Medicin|Ting – nærkontakt af den materielle slags, der i foråret tiltrak et engageret publikum. Eventserien vender tilbage i foråret 2013. Mere om det i et kommende nyhedbrev.   

Stemningsrapport fra Kulturnatten på Medicinsk Museion

Kulturnatten blev afviklet med stor succes på en klar efterårsaften den 12. oktober. Museet fik besøg af ca. 1400 mennesker, der foruden de permanente samlinger og udstillingerne Balance og Stofskifte, Oplevelser af aldring samt Fedme – Hvad er problemet? kunne opleve en række aktiviteter og oplæg. I samarbejde med Center for Klinisk Uddannelse (CEKU) kunne man se scanninger af kroppen live og lære at sy som en kirurg ved at lukke suturer i gummiarme. Adjunkt Adam Bencard og overlæge Jesper Olsen gav introduktioner til hhv. kirurgiens historie og robotter på operationsstuen. I gården blev der serveret varmende glögg med højt humør. Få et stemningsfuldt glimt af Kulturnatten i dette videoklip.

Museet holder lukket omkring jul og nytår

Medicinsk Museion holder ferielukket for museumsbesøgende fra den 22. december og åbner dørene for offentligheden igen den 2. januar. Glædelig jul og godt nytår!

Populære indslag fra vores webunivers

Medicinsk Museions blog er stadig stedet, hvor husets medarbejdere – fra museumsinspektører over konservatorer til forskere skriver om deres arbejde, og deltager i aktuelle diskussioner indenfor medicinsk videnskab, forskningskommunikation og museologi.
Benefits of science communication - for the scientist

AF NINA BJERGLUND ANDERSEN 6 OKT 2012
How can communicating your research benefit you as a researcher? This was the theme of module 3 of the Public Health Science Communication Course and also a question raised on this blog in aprevious post. To my surprise finding good literature on this topic was not easy, but thanks to the help of you readers (thank you for all your tips) and the students in the class we did manage to get up with a list of benefits which I’d like to share here. (læs mere)
Wee, endnu et nyhedsbrev...

AF DANIEL NOESGAARD 5 NOV 2012
II kender det sikkert. Corporate nyhedsbreve fra afdelingen, HR, kommunikationsafdelingen, osv. Opfordringer til at bidrage med historier og links til forskellige lukkede fora, hvor der kan deles og netværkes. Men hvorfor skal vi dog tvinges til at bruge tid og kræfter på at lave en masse indhold, som næsten aldrig bliver læst og tit kun findes i et statisk format, der ikke tillader kommentarer og opfølgning?
Jeg blev i sidste uge gjort opmærksom på begrebet “dark social media“. (læs mere)
Putting the magic back into medicine

AF THOMAS SÖDERQVIST 31 OKT 2012
Just learned from a job ad on the UKMCG-list that the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds is launching a new research and curatorial project titled “Putting the Magic Back into Medicine”. The project, which is funded by Arts Council England, is meant to lay the foundations for transforming the Thackray Museum’s identity by, as they put it, “overcoming the perception of medicine as scary and serious”. Instead they want to “make medicine magical” for their visitors, both kids and adults. (læs mere)
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