1st Edition

A History of Participation in Museums and Archives Traversing Citizen Science and Citizen Humanities

Edited By Per Hetland, Palmyre Pierroux, Line Esborg Copyright 2020
    312 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    310 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Traversing disciplines, A History of Participation in Museums and Archives provides a framework for understanding how participatory modes in natural, cultural, and scientific heritage institutions intersect with practices in citizen science and citizen humanities.

    Drawing on perspectives in cultural history, science and technology studies, and media and communication theory, the book explores how museums and archives make science and cultural heritage relevant to people’s everyday lives, while soliciting their assistance and participation in research and citizen projects. More specifically, the book critically examines how different forms of engagement are constructed, how concepts of democratization are framed and enacted, and how epistemic practices in science and the humanities are transformed through socio-technological infrastructures. Tracking these central themes across disciplines and research from Europe, Canada, Australia and the United States, the book simultaneously considers their relevance for museum and heritage studies.

    A History of Participation in Museums and Archives should be essential reading for a broad academic audience, including scholars and students in museum and heritage studies, digital humanities, and the public communication of science and technology. It should also be of great interest to museum professionals working to foster public engagement through collaboration with networks and local community groups.

    Part I. Departures

    1. Traversing Citizen Science and Citizen Humanities: Tacking stitches

    Palmyre Pierroux, Per Hetland, & Line Esborg (University of Oslo, Norway)

    Part II. Democratizations

    Chapter 2. Museums as Sites of Participatory Democracy and Design

    Palmyre Pierroux (University of Oslo, Norway), Mattias Bäckström (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway), Brita Brenna (University of Oslo, Norway), Geoffrey Gowlland (University of Oslo, Norway) & Gro Ween (University of Oslo, Norway)

    Chapter 3. Participation and Engagement in a World of Increasing Complexity

    Bernard Schiele (University of Quebec, Canada)

    Chapter 4. Infrastructures that Democratize? Citizen participation and digital ethics

    Jenny Kidd (Cardiff University, UK)

    Part III Divides

    Chapter 5. Knowledge Infrastructures for Citizen Science: The taming of knowledge

    Christine Hine (University of Surrey, UK)

    Chapter 6. Engaging Disenfranchised Publics Trough Citizen Humanities Projects

    Line Esborg (University of Oslo, Norway)

    Chapter 7. Engaging Older Adults in Science Education: Making the case for relevant, neighborhood-focused interventions

    Karen Knutson & Kevin Crowley (University of Pittsburg, USA)

    Part IV. Drives

    Chapter 8. Remembering in Public: A Case Study of Museum-User Communication on Facebook

    Emily Oswald (University of Oslo, Norway)

    Chapter 9. The Participatory Turn: Users, publics, and audiences

    Per Hetland (University of Oslo, Norway) & Kim Christian Schrøder (Roskilde University, Denmark)

    Chapter 10. Searching for Deeper Meanings in Cultural Heritage Crowdsourcing

    Sanita Reinsone (University of Latvia, Latvia)

    Part V. Development

    Chapter 11. Museums that Connect Science and Citizen: Using boundary objects and networks to encourage dialogue and collective response to wicked, socio-scientific problems

    Mary Ann Steiner, Mandela Lyon & Kevin Crowley (University of Pittsburg, USA),

    Chapter 12. The Participatory Epistemic Cultures of Citizen Humanities: Bildung and epistemic subjects

    Dick Kasperowski, Christopher Kullenberg (University of Gothenburg, Sweden), & Frauke Rohden (University of Oslo, Norway)

    Chapter 13. The Quest for Reciprocity: Citizen science as a form of gift exchange

    Per Hetland (University of Oslo, Norway)

    Part IV. Deductions

    Chapter 14. Citizen Science, Citizen Humanities: Relevance for Museum Research and Practice

    Palmyre Pierroux (University of Oslo, Norway)


    Per Hetland (PhD) is Professor at the Department of Education, University of Oslo, Norway. Hetland holds a Dr. Philos. in science communication from University of Oslo and a PhD in innovation studies from Roskilde University, Denmark. His current research is focused on natural history research museums and citizen science.

    Palmyre Pierroux (PhD) is Professor at the Department of Education, University of Oslo, Norway. She leads the Cultural Heritage Mediascapes project, which examines how participatory democracy concepts and digital media and technologies are transforming knowledge and communication practices in the cultural heritage sector.

    Line Esborg (PhD) is Associate Professor at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo, Norway. Esborg serves as Senior Advisor at the Norwegian Folklore Archives, and her research is centered on folklore, digital heritage, and the politics of identity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.