Fyrirlestur Karen Hvidtfeldt Madsen, University of Southern Denmark. 9. apríl 2013,.á vegum Rannsóknaseturs í safnafræðum.

Abstract: A number of Danish museums and institutions have during the recent years developed smartphone apps, through which the user can get information about the historical places they pass, or be guided to them, e.g. Historisk Atlas (Southern Denmark), Aarhus Street Museum (Den gamle by, Aarhus), Stemmer fra Fortiden (Roskilde Museum) and 1001 Stories of Denmark (The National Cultural Agency). According to the museums, these are new and untraditional ways of communicating local and national history. They aim to tell ‘forgotten stories’ at the locations where they happened and where the citizens move in order to create identity by adding new meaning to the places through narrations of the past. Thus the place seems to replace the museum object, as memories are ‘performed’ on location. I wish to examine the use of mobile digital devices in museum communication, identify rhetorical strategies, the relation between ‘expert’ and user generated knowledge and to discuss issues of affective memory and identity politics.

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