The vast number of documents that Cesare Lombroso (1835-1909) donated to the University of Turin are now accessible online — an incredible resource for the history of science and the history of Italy and Europe.
The Lombroso Project was established by the Museum System of the University of Turin, with the support of the CRT Foundation and the Department of History of the University of Turin.
Read about the Lombroso Project and access the documents here.
Reframing university collections — Research Infrastructure
ANU, Canberra, Australia
Call for Papers
The Council of Australian University Museums and Collections is currently calling for proposals for our symposium to be held at the Australian National University on April 6.
While the symposium is primarily a way for us to gauge the Australian experience of this issue, we also welcome international perspectives. Even if you are not able to attend the symposium, we’d love to hear responses to these questions from your part of the world. We’d be interested in putting together a document to be made available at the symposium that gives an international perspective.
So recasting the symposium questions for an international audience:-
How have universities dealt with the issue of legacy collections?
What are the advantages and pitfalls of valuing legacy collections based on their potential for new research?
How do you manage a collection to be ready for research that might currently be unforeseeable
What does this mean for collections whose research potential is unknown?
We welcome the thoughts of university curators, researchers, professional staff, administrative staff, university leaders and students who would like to help shape our thinking on this issue.
Published this year, on the material culture of universities: Materielle Kultur in universitären und außeruniversitären Sammlungen, edited by Ernst Seidl, Frank Steinheimer and Cornelia Weber. Berlin: Koordinierungsstelle für wissenschaliche Universitätssammlungen in Deutschland.