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Queering the Museum

Queering the Museum

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Sullivan Nikki, Craig Middleton
November 15, 2019

Queering the Museum develops a queer analysis of the ways in which museums construct themselves, their core business, and their publics through the, often unconscious, use of inherited ways of knowing and doing. Providing a critique of both the practices and conventions associated with the modern...

Anti-Museum

Anti-Museum

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Adrian Franklin
November 12, 2019

Anti-Museum charts the development of the anti-museum as a concept and as it has been realised in practice. Drawing on a range of case studies, including the New Museum and PS1 in New York, Mona in Australia, Art42 in Paris and Donald Judd’s Marfa, the book assesses their potential to engage museum...

Museums, Infinity and the Culture of Protocols: Ethnographic Collections and Source Communities

Museums, Infinity and the Culture of Protocols: Ethnographic Collections and Source Communities

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Howard Morphy
October 31, 2019

Museums, Infinity and the Culture of Protocols enters into a dialogue about museums’ responsibility for the curation of its collections into an infinite future, whilst also tackling contentious issues of repatriation and digital access to collections. Bringing into focus a number of key debates...

Collecting Activism, Archiving Occupy Wall Street

Collecting Activism, Archiving Occupy Wall Street

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Kylie Message
September 25, 2019

Collecting Activism, Archiving Occupy Wall Street explores the material collections produced by participants of Occupy Wall Street in 2011 that bear witness to the experience and agency of ‘the 99%’. Examining processes of collection development as a lens through which to investigate the...

Science Museums in Transition: Unheard Voices

Science Museums in Transition: Unheard Voices

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Hooley McLaughlin, Judy Diamond
September 06, 2019

Science Museums in Transition: Unheard Voices considers how museums can adapt their exhibits, programs, and organizational structures to the diversity of ideas, people, and cultures that speak to modern science. This collection contains individual expressions by museum insiders addressing a range...

A Museum in Public: Revisioning Canada’S Royal Ontario Museum

A Museum in Public: Revisioning Canada’S Royal Ontario Museum

1st Edition

Susan L.T. Ashley
August 20, 2019

Not satisfied with the assertion that museums have taken great strides in becoming representative, relevant and open in their preoccupations, A Museum in Public contends that the supposedly public nature of their institutional role continues to be a rhetorical one. This book critically examines...

Global Trends in Museum Diplomacy: Post-Guggenheim Developments

Global Trends in Museum Diplomacy: Post-Guggenheim Developments

1st Edition

Natalia Grincheva
July 02, 2019

Global Trends in Museum Diplomacy traces the transformation of museums from publicly or privately funded heritage institutions into active players in the economic sector of culture. Exploring how this transformation reconfigured cultural diplomacy, the book argues that museums have become...

Interpreting Objects in the Hybrid Museum: Convergence, Collections and Cultural Policy

Interpreting Objects in the Hybrid Museum: Convergence, Collections and Cultural Policy

1st Edition

Helena Robinson
March 12, 2019

Interpreting Objects in the Hybrid Museum examines the recent trend for converged collecting institutions and uses its investigation as a catalyst for critical reflection by all stakeholders on the risks, as well as advantages, of integration for cultural engagement. Drawing on three case...

Sharing Authority in the Museum: Distributed objects, reassembled relationships

Sharing Authority in the Museum: Distributed objects, reassembled relationships

1st Edition

Michelle Horwood
November 13, 2018

Sharing Authority in the Museum provides a detailed and fully contextualised study of a heritage assemblage over time, from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Focussing on Māori objects, predominantly originating from the Ngā Paerangi tribe, housed in Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum, the...

Museums and Racism

Museums and Racism

1st Edition

Kylie Message
May 15, 2018

Racism is a hot topic in museums today, as well as an urgent social issue. Focused on the broad field of multicultural policy, Museums and Racism examines how the Immigration Museum in Melbourne, Australia, has responded to political culture and public debate around racism. Analysis focuses on the...

The Disobedient Museum: Writing at the Edge

The Disobedient Museum: Writing at the Edge

1st Edition

Kylie Message
October 03, 2017

The Disobedient Museum: Writing at the Edge aims to motivate disciplinary thinking to reimagine writing about museums as an activity where resistant forms of thinking, seeing, feeling, and acting can be produced, and to theorize this process as a form of protest against disciplinary...

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