Lecture series: Cultural Heritage in a Digital World – the Future of the Museum and Digital Research Technologies

Date of event:   15/11/2021 − 17/01/2022

Series Title: Cultural Heritage in a Digital World: the Future of the Museum and Digital Research Technologies
Lecture Format: In person and online
Date: 15 November 2021; 6 December 2021; 17 January 2022
Organized by: Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies and Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany

In this lecture series researchers and curators discuss how to bring new life to East Asian art by exploring digital technologies and virtual environments. Each speaker addresses the different functions that digital tools have in their work, and how these help them answer new research questions and broaden access to East Asian heritage. The use of photography in the conservation of ancient sites andarchitectural reconstruction is the focus of Dr. Frances Terpak’s talk; architectural modelling and digital simulation of movement are employed by Dr. Pania Yu in her analysis of Chinese landscape painting; and the development of a virtual environment for the museum is addressed by Dr. Stephan von der Schulenburg in connection to the challenges posed by the Covid pandemic.


LECTURE 1: Monday, November 15, 2021

Dr. Frances Terpak (Senior Curator and Head of Photographs, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles)
Palmyra and Beijing: Uses of Early (Colonial) Photography in Conservation, Digital Humanities, and Critical Museum Studies


LECTURE 2: Monday, December 6, 2021

Dr. Pania Yu (Postdoctoral Researcher, CATS, Heidelberg University)
Suzhou Surging Wave Pavilion: Translating Landscape Paintings into Architectural Drawings


LECTURE 3: Monday, January 17, 2022

Dr. Stephan von der Schulenburg (Curator Asian Collection, Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt)
Applied Arts in Perspective: Collecting and Displaying Asian Art in Frankfurt


All lectures will be in person and on line. Limited seats available in room: CATS 010.00.01. This lecture series is organized by Prof. Dr. Sarah E. Fraser in conjunction with her Winter 2021-22 seminar “Decolonizing the Museum: Cultural Heritage in the Post-Pandemic World“ and the “Digital Humanities Certificate.” Lectures by Dr. Terpak and Dr. von der Schulenburg are supported by the Gleichstellungsbüro of Heidelberg University.

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