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Vetenskapens behov av avbildningar: En objektbiografisk fallstudie av Félix Thiberts moulager
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The Need for Imaging in Science : An Object Biographical Case Study of Félix Thibert’s Moulages (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis investigates a part of the material culture of higher education through an object biographical case study of Félix Thibert’s moulages. The object biography operates with a diachronic perspective that offers an object-centered historiography of university collections, revealing that the need for collecting and imaging in science consistently remains, even though the role and significance of pathological moulages in research and education have changed over time. The moulages are epistemic things as described by Hans-Jörg Rheinberger. They embody what we do not yet know and they become marginalized when no one expects them to generate new discoveries. Their ontology and function are dependent on the dominating epistemic culture. John V. Pickstone outlines three ways of knowing, which gradually have dominated since the Renaissance: natural history, analysis and experiment. Thibert’s moulages are clearly anchored in analysis as a way of knowing for which the museum is an important arena. The findings of this thesis show that university museums and their collections were of immense importance for the production of knowledge during the 19th century, while today they often fall short of their knowledge-generating potential. There are nevertheless methods that can help them reach their full potential, among them a displaying method proposed by Karin Tybjerg considered in this thesis and the object biography of which this thesis consists. This is a two-year master’s thesis in Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies.

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2019. , p. 62
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Uppsatser inom musei- & kulturarvsvetenskap, ISSN 1651-6079 ; 138
Keywords [en]
History of science, Knowledge production, Object biography, University collections, Anatomical models
Keywords [sv]
Vetenskapshistoria, kunskapsproduktion, objektbiografi, universitetssamlingar, anatomiska modeller
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Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-391086OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-391086DiVA, id: diva2:1343641
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Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies
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Master Programme in ALM
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Available from: 2019-08-21 Created: 2019-08-19 Last updated: 2019-08-21Bibliographically approved

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