Conference Program - Texts and Things
Thursday 16 February
10:00 Welcome “Beware, you are part of a laboratory experiment!”
10.15 Plenary session 1: ”Grossraum” as texts and things
Ketil Gjølme Andersen: The politics of space. Approaching National Socialism through OT’s large-scale construction projects.
Henrik Treimo: Bringing the Atlantic Wall into the Museum space. Reflections on the relationship between exhibition making and academic research.
Hans Otto Frøland: The political economy of forced labor in Norway 1940-45. What did the Todt project tell us?
Brita Brenna: Exhibition making as historical resarch and outreach.
13.00 Plenary session 2: Exhibition making and our access to history
Serge von Arx: Engaging with materiality, text and space: Scenography as research
Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov: Texts as objects, objects as texts: ethnographic conceptualism.
14.00 Plenary session 2: continues
Rob van der Laarse: Musalisation of the Holocaust and other genocides.
Christine Glauning: The Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre in Berlin-Schöneweide
15.15 Plenary session 2: continues
Ken Arnold: Thinking Things Through - Knowledge and museum understanding.
15.45 Panel discussion
Potential and challenges regarding exhibition making as research. Moderator: Peter Bjerregaard
16:30 – 18:00 Dinner
18:00 Grossraum - Official exhibition opening
19:00 SENT – public event at the museum
20:00 Public lecture
Gilly Carr: Legacies of forced labour: taboo heritage and archaeology in the Channel Islands
21.00 Public lecture
Serge von Arx: The senses spaces memories - and vice versa (On the responsibility of the artist)
Friday 17 February
10.00 Ulrich Herbert: The Nazi forced labor program and the role of the OT
10.30 Åshild Andrea Brekke: Trust, risk and the art of shifting paradigms –some perspectives on participatory practices and drivers for change in Norwegian museums
11.10 Parallel sessions
1. Todt in comparative perspective
Gunnar Hatlehol: OT and forced labor: The workers of Einsatzgruppe Wiking
Torgeir Sæveraas: OT and the building of Festung Norwegen
Mari Olafson Lundemo: The relationship between Einsatzgruppe Wiking and Einsatz Finnland
2. The Thing’s method
Henrik Treimo: Introduction to the method and the project Olsen's Telescope
Tone Cecilie Simensen Karlgård: Congo Gaze - People, Encounters and Artifacts
Reidun Johannessen og Gro Røde: Things Talk! Old Things + New people= New Stories?
13.30 Parallel sessions continue
1. Economy and Ideology
Simon Gogl: OT and the use of German private building firms: private enterprise in ideological context
Marianne Neerland Soleim: The use of Soviet POWs in forced labor in Norway and the tension between economic and ideological factors
Mats Ingulstad: Einsatzgruppe Wiking and the Norwegian construction industry
2. The Thing’s method
Geoffrey Gowlland: Trapped
Ellen Lange: Skeletons in the closet
15:30 Closing remarks
Ketil Gjølme Andersen: (TBA)