The museum’s cultural history research covers:
The museum is currently busy gathering objects from the decommissioned TYRA-field, Denmark’s largest subsea reservoir of natural gas. In relation to this undertaking, our researcher is currently investigating the history of the field and its role in developing a Danish understanding for the necessity of security of supply. TYRA opened in 1984 tasked with pushing the Danish energy supply to become independent of Arab oil imports, which—for years—had been dominant in securing energy to Danish industry and private consumers. Ever since the 80s, the role of natural gas has been discussed, which was again actualized with the recent decision by the government to end all extraction and production of oil and gas from Danish part of the North Sea by 2050.
Mysteries of the Sea
In preparation for the coming exhibition, Mysteries of the Sea, the museum is interested in understanding what role mysteries, faith and superstition plays in relation to maritime culture and business through history. A special emphasis is placed on the notion of the »re-enchantment« that seems to occur around the beginning of the 19th century.
Rathjen, Kasper (2022): ’Den maritime Grundtvig’, i Kølle, Lone Martinsen (red.), Den store mand – Nye historier om Grundtvig, København: Gads Forlag.
Rathjen, Kasper (2021): ’Den forsvindende fortid – den udeblivende fremtid. Museernes skiftende temporalitet 1789-2021’. Kulturstudier, nr. 1.: s. 1-30.
Rathjen, Kasper (2020): ’Museet i tidens tegn – Et tidsligt blik på museumsaktivismen’. Nordic Museology, 2: s. 4-18.
Rathjen, Kasper (2020): ’Mellem videnskab og folkelighed’, i I Krydsfeltet Oplysning Oplevelse – Dansk museumsformidling i 400 år, Odense: Syddansk Universitetsforlag, s. 97-129.
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