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.
Table of Contents
Part I. Departures
1. Traversing Citizen Science and Citizen Humanities: Tacking stitches
Palmyre Pierroux, Per Hetland, & Line Esborg
Part II. Democratizations
Chapter 2. Museums as Sites of Participatory Democracy and Design
Palmyre Pierroux, Mattias Bäckström, Brita Brenna, Geoffrey Gowlland & Gro Ween
Chapter 3. Participation and Engagement in a World of Increasing Complexity
Chapter 4. Infrastructures that Democratize? Citizen participation and digital ethics
Part III Divides
Chapter 5. Knowledge Infrastructures for Citizen Science: The taming of knowledge
Chapter 6. Engaging Disenfranchised Publics Trough Citizen Humanities Projects
Chapter 7. Engaging Older Adults in Science Education: Making the case for relevant, neighborhood-focused interventions
Karen Knutson & Kevin Crowley
Part IV. Drives
Chapter 8. Remembering in Public: A Case Study of Museum-User Communication on Facebook
Chapter 9. The Participatory Turn: Users, publics, and audiences
Per Hetland & Kim Christian Schrøder
Chapter 10. Searching for Deeper Meanings in Cultural Heritage Crowdsourcing
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
Chapter 12. The Participatory Epistemic Cultures of Citizen Humanities: Bildung and epistemic subjects
Dick Kasperowski, Christopher Kullenberg & Frauke Rohden
Chapter 13. The Quest for Reciprocity: Citizen science as a form of gift exchange
Part IV. Deductions
Chapter 14. Citizen Science, Citizen Humanities: Relevance for Museum Research and Practice
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.