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Helmut F. Stern Professor, Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures
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“Non/Simultaneities. Exhibiting Time and History in Contemporary Germany”
Profoundly affected by the cultural and political transformations of the past decades, museum culture has grown in importance, contributing new images and narratives of history. The present study brings into focus a number of German history museums and exhibition projects that have responded to deindustrialization and unification by consciously opening up the temporal and ideological layers of museum discourse. Multiple voices, histories and methodologies become superimposed in simultaneous projections. Barndt considers exhibition projects ranging from post-industrial landscape exhibitions to new museums in industrial ruins, a number of specifically innovative national and regional history exhibitions. As the time of nature and the figure of ruin feature prominently in these projections, she attends to the question of how these exhibitions develop connective tissues that bind natural history on the one hand, to representations of social, cultural, and industrial history on the other. In following these leads, this study contributes to an understanding of the museum as a medium that fundamentally shapes its audience's sense of time -- through architectural form, exhibition narrative, and specific modes of display.
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