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Global Mobilities

Refugees, Exiles, and Immigrants in Museums and Archives, 1st Edition

Edited by Amy K. Levin


522 pages

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Global Mobilities illustrates the significant engagement of museums and archives with populations that have experienced forced or willing migration: emigrants, exiles, refugees, asylum seekers, and others. The volume explores the role of public institutions in the politics of integration and cultural diversity, analyzing their efforts to further the inclusion of racial and ethnic minority populations. Emphasizing the importance of cross-cultural knowledge and exchange, global case studies examine the conflicts inherent in such efforts, considering key issues such as whether to focus on origins or destinations, as well as whether assimilation, integration, or an entirely new model would be the most effective approach. This collection provides an insight into diverse perspectives, not only of museum practitioners and scholars, but also the voices of artists, visitors, undocumented immigrants, and other members of source communities. Global Mobilities is an often provocative and thought-inspiring resource which offers a comprehensive overview of the field for those interested in understanding its complexities.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction. Global Mobilities.

Part I: Frameworks: Theory, Practice, and Policy

2 Museums, Refugees, and Collaborative Social Transformation.

3 European Museums in an Age of Migrations: Twelve Propositions for Twenty-First Century Museums.

Part II: Histories of exiles, refugees, and expatriates

4 Forgotten by History: Refugees, Historians, and Museums in Britain.

5 Exhibiting Fraught Histories of Migrations: Museums in Elmina, Ghana.

6 Migration Histories, the Past, and the Politics of Memory at Robben Island.

7 “A Safeguard Against Oblivion”: Memorializing French Algeria in the Centre de

Documentation des Français d’Algérie.

Part III: Museums Interpret Emigration and Immigration

8 Polish History, the Polish Diaspora, and the Emigration Museum in Gdynia.

9 The Polish Museum of America: Shaping Cultural Identity.

10 Displaying the Diversity of Community History at Hackney Museum.

11 Restoring and Utilizing the Past: The Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum.

12 Visitors’ Opinions on the Inclusion of Migrants in Museum Exhibitions: Migrant and

Non-Migrant Communities in Greece.

13 Occupying the Immigration Museum: The Sans Papiers of Paris at the Site of Their

National Representation.

14 Longing and Belonging: The Representation of Immigrant Communities in Canadian


15 Settling In: Cross-Cultural Engagement at the Oregon Jewish Museum.

Part V: Archives, Digital Collections, and Libraries.

16 Expanding the Boundaries of History: The Expatriate Archive Centre.

17 Beyond Museums: Multicultural Material Heritage Archives in Australia.

18 “Photo Seeks Family”: Digitization, Visual Repatriation, and Performative Memory


19 Libraries and Museums in Norway: Promoting Integration in the Land of Gender


Part VI: Case Studies

20 The “Isle of Home” is Always on Your Mind: Subjectivity and Space at Ellis

Island Museum.

21 Residues of Border Control.

22. California Modernism, European Émigré Artists, and the Summer Sessions at

Mills College in Oakland, California.

23 Thank You for Coming: Notes on Labels, Language, and Living a Life.

24 “I Will Freely Circulate in the Intermediate Space”: Cahun and Moore's Resistance

to Gender and National Boundaries.

25 Conclusion: Tomorrow’s Heritage of Migration

About the Editor

Amy K. Levin was Chair of English at Northern Illinois University, USA, where she also directed the Women’s Studies Program and coordinated Museum Studies. She began a new career as an independent scholar in January 2016, researching and teaching on race, class, and gender in museums.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology