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21.01. 2013

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by Cornelia Weber Original in German, displayed in English

University Collections
by Cornelia Weber Original in German, displayed in English

Published: 2012-12-19
Eu­ro­pean uni­ver­si­ties house a va­ri­ety of col­lec­tions that played, and con­tinue to play, an im­por­tant role in the de­vel­op­ment of aca­d­e­mic tra­di­tions, in the found­ing and dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion of in­di­vid­ual dis­ci­plines, and in the con­crete prac­tice of re­search and teach­ing. For a long time his­to­ri­ans of sci­ence have ne­glected these col­lec­tions, but in re­cent years a grow­ing con­cern with the ma­te­r­ial di­men­sions of knowl­edge cul­tures (Wis­senskul­turen) has awak­ened a greater in­ter­est. Yet al­though in­creased ef­forts are being made to iden­tify them, clas­sify their con­tents and groups of ob­jects, analyse their func­tions and us­ages, and to ex­plore the his­tory of in­di­vid­ual ob­jects and col­lec­tions, fun­da­men­tal re­search into the full Eu­ro­pean di­men­sion of col­lec­tions re­mains a desider­a­tum. With this back­ground in mind, this ar­ti­cle at­tempts to pro­vide a first his­tor­i­cal sur­vey and ty­pol­ogy of Eu­ro­pean col­lec­tions.

http://www.ieg-ego.eu/en/threads/crossroads/knowledge-spaces/cornelia-weber-university-collections