Workshop 5: objects
North Carolina Museum of natural sciences (Raleigh, NC), spring 2019
This workshop – to be organized in collaboration with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences - will examine how particular palaeontological objects have been presented and discussed in public contexts, whether these be organisms, periods, specimens, institutions like museums and research laboratories, and individual palaeontologists. In doing so, it will encourage reflections on how particular things have either been the focus of public discussion or been occluded in these processes.
Some potential questions will be:
- Which organisms, periods, institutions and styles of work have been most prominent in public presentations of palaeontological research, and why has this been?
- Which organisms, periods, institutions and styles of work have been less prominent, and why? Has this always been the case?
- What techniques have been used to attempt to overcome these challenges?