Nederlandse Vereniging voor Medische Geschiedenis

CANCELLED!! 22 April 2020 Colloquium Missions of The Medical Museum

11 maart 2020, door Webredactie NVMG

Op woensdag 22 april 2020 vindt in Leuven een colloquium plaats van het Leuven Interdisciplinary Platform for the Study of the Sciences (LIPSS) over de missie van het medische museum.



Colloquium- 22 April 2020 – Leuven

Leuven Interdisciplinary Platform for the Study of the Sciences (LIPSS)


Medical objects from the past stir our imagination. Having lost their original functions within the medical enterprise, they gain new meanings as scientific heritage and testimonies of the experience of illness and healing. They may surprise us by their esthetic nature, previously less visible, and reveal the particularity of present-day health care to us, acting as a welcome mirror. This colloquium questions the academic potential of these objects and the institutions – medical museums – that collect, preserve, examine and present them to the public. What are their functions and audiences? Can we use them when teaching (medical) students? May we integrate them in our interdisciplinary research? Four internationally renowned experts offer their views on these matters and share best practices.



Faculty Club (Groot Begijnhof 14, 3000 Leuven) – Heilige Geestzaal


12h45:             Coffee and welcome


13h:                  Introduction by Pieter Adriaens (KU Leuven) and Joris Vandendriessche (KU



13h15:              Ken Arnolds (Medical Museion, University of Copenhagen): Medical museums

                          and academic research


14h:                  Michael Finn (Museum for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine,

                          University of Leeds): Object-centered learning in a medical museum


14h45:             Coffee break


15h15:              Natasha McEnroe (Science Museum, Londen): How to make a medical

                          historical exposition for a broad audience?


16h:                 Coffee break





Leercentrum Agora (Edward Van Evenstraat 4 , 3000 Leuven) – Auditorium Emma Vorlat


19h-20h30:        Manon Parry (University of Amsterdam): Human Curiosities: Uses (and

                            Abuses) of Medical Museums



Information and Registration


Attendance is free, but registration is required. Please confirm your attendance by sending an e-mail to Joris Vandendriessche ([email protected]). On the Leuven Interdisciplinary Platform for the Study of the Sciences (LIPSS), see



Medical Museion, voorheen Kirurgisk Akademi in Copenhagen, Denmark