Heritage’s revival as a respected academic subject has, in part, resulted from an increased awareness and understanding of indigenous rights and non-Western philosophies and practices, and a growing respect for the intangible. Heritage has, thus far, focused on management, tourism and the traditionally ‘heritage-minded’ disciplines, such as archaeology, geography, and social and cultural theory. Widening the scope of international heritage studies, A Museum Studies Approach to Heritage explores heritage through new areas of knowledge, including emotion and affect, the politics of dissent, migration, and intercultural and participatory dimensions of heritage.
Drawing on a range of disciplines and the best from established sources, the book includes writing not typically recognised as 'heritage', but which, nevertheless, makes a valuable contribution to the debate about what heritage is, what it can do, and how it works and for whom. Including heritage perspectives from beyond the professional sphere, the book serves as a reminder that heritage is not just an academic concern, but a deeply felt and keenly valued public and private practice. This blending of traditional topics and emerging trends, established theory and concepts from other disciplines offers readers international views of the past and future of this growing field.
A Museum Studies Approach to Heritage offers a wider, more current and more inclusive overview of issues and practices in heritage and its intersection with museums. As such, the book will be essential reading for postgraduate students of heritage and museum studies. It will also be of great interest to academics, practitioners and anyone else who is interested in how we conceptualise and use the past.
"This new edition of People of the Earth continues the highly authoritative and well-written coverage of Brian Fagan’s thorough and accessible introduction to global (pre)history. Now with coauthor Nadia Durrani, the volume captures our humanity’s identity through deep time and our earthly space in a factual narrative readily intelligible to a broad readership. From our human origins 7 million years ago to the Shang Dynasty of China, we are taken on a time-traveling machine with numerous layovers, surprises and counterintuitive storylines."
Vernon L. Scarborough, University of Cincinnati, USA
Table of contents
Notes on contributors
Sheila Watson, Amy Jane Barnes and Katy Bunning
Part I: Heritage contexts, past and present
Introduction to Part I
Amy Jane Barnes
David C. Harvey
Editorial Collective/Raphael Samuel
Cintia Velázquez Marroni
Guðrún D. Whitehead
Part II: Authenticity and tourism
Introduction to Part II
13. Touring the slave route: inaccurate authenticities in Bénin, West Africa
Timothy R. Landry
14. Steampunking heritage: How Steampunk artists reinterpret museum collections
15. Why fakes?
16. The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction
17. After authenticity at an American heritage site
Eric Gable and Richard Handler
18. Makeover for Mont-Saint-Michel: a renovation project harnesses the power of the sea to preserve one of the world’s most iconic islands
19. Resonance and wonder
20. ‘Introduction’ to In Search of Authenticity: The Formation of Folklore Studies
Part III: Emotions and materiality
Introduction to Part III
21. Invoking affect
22. The archaeology of mind [extracts]
Jaak Panksepp and Lucy Biven
23. 'The trophies of their wars': affect and encounter at the Canadian War Museum
24. Huddled masses yearning to buy postcards: the politics of producing heritage at the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island National Monument.
25. The Holocaust and the museum world in Britain: a study of ethnography
26. Senses of place, senses of time and heritage
Gregory John Ashworth and Brian Graham
27. Making heritage pay in the Rainbow Nation
28. The concept and its varieties
29. Materiality matters: experiencing the displayed object
30. Concepts of identity and difference
31. Emotional engagement in heritage sites and museums: ghosts of the past and imagination in the present
32. The Third World
33. Turkish delight: Antonio Gala's La pasión turca as a vision of Spain's contested Islamic heritage
34. ‘The cliffs are not the cliffs’: the cliffs of Dover and national identities in Britain, c.1750 – c.1950
Part IV: Diversity and identity
Introduction to Part IV
35. Museums as intercultural spaces
36. Gradients of alterity: museums and the negotiation of cultural difference in contemporary Norway
37. Museums in a global world: a conversation on museums, heritage, nation and diversity in a transnational age
Conal McCarthy, Rhiannon Mason, Christopher Whitehead, Jakob Ingemann Parby, André Cicalo, Philipp Schorch, Leslie Witz, Pablo Alonso Gonzalez, Naomi Roux, Eva Ambos and Cirai Rassool
38. Reflections on the Confluence Project: assimilation, sustainability, and the perils of a shared heritage
39. Ethnic heritage for the nation: debating 'identity museums' on the National Mall
40. Heritage interpretation and human rights: documenting diversity, expressing identity, or establishing universal principles?
41. Un-placed heritage: making identity through fashion
Malika Kraamer and Amy Jane Barnes
Part V: Participatory heritage
Introduction to Part V
42. Research on community heritage: moving from collaborative research to participatory and co-designed research practice
Andrew Flinn and Anna Sexton
43. Beyond the rhetoric: negotiating the politics and realising the potential of community-driven heritage engagement
44. From representation to participation: inclusive practices, co-curating and the voice of the protagonists in some Italian migration museums
Anna Chiara Cimoli
45. Museums, trans youth and institutional change: transforming heritage institutions through collaborative practice
46. Embrace the margins: adventures in archaeology and homelessness
Rachael Kiddey and John Schofield
47. Developing dialogue in co‐produced exhibitions: between rhetoric, intentions and realities
Nuala Morse, Morag Macpherson and Sophie Robinson
48. Community engagement, curatorial practice and museum ethos in Alberta, Canada
Part VI: Contested histories and heritage
Introduction to Part VI
49. Contested townscapes: the walled city as world heritage
50. Reassembling Nuremberg, reassembling heritage.
51. Can there be a conciliatory heritage?
52. Palimpsest memoryscapes: materializing and mediating war and peace in Sierra Leone
53. Representing the China Dream: a case study in revolutionary cultural heritage
Amy Jane Barnes
54. Contested trans-national heritage: the demolition of Changi prison, Singapore
55. The politics of community heritage: motivations, authority and control
56. 'To make the dry bones live': Amédée Forestier’s Glastonbury Lake Village
James E. Phillips
57. ‘Introduction’ to Contested Landscapes: Movement, Exile and Place
58. Sensuous (re)collections: The sight and taste of socialism at Grūtas Statue Park, Lithuania
Leicester Readers in Museum Studies was launched in 1994 under the editorship of Professor Susan Pearce, the then Head of the Department of Museum Studies. Having continuously developed subject bibliographies since its founding in 1966, in the late 1980s the Department converted these into study packs of published materials for students. These became the basis of the first series of Readers. It was determined that each volume should have a strong editorial vision which would be expressed in a significant introductory essay and in section introductions. Professor Eilean Hooper-Greenhill followed Sue Pearce as series editor. In 2007, Simon Knell became editor of a newly designed and more thematically diverse second series. He invited editors from outside the Leicester department.
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