1st Edition

Museum as Process
Translating Local and Global Knowledges

Edited By

Raymond Silverman

ISBN 9780415661577
Published August 27, 2014 by Routledge
322 Pages

USD $56.95

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Book Description

The museum has become a vital strategic space for negotiating ownership of and access to knowledges produced in local settings. Museum as Process presents community-engaged "culture work" of a group of scholars whose collaborative projects consider the social spaces between the museum and community and offer new ways of addressing the challenges of bridging the local and the global.

Museum as Process explores a variety of strategies for engaging source communities in the process of translation and the collaborative mediation of cultural knowledges. Scholars from around the world reflect upon their work with specific communities in different parts of the world – Australia, Canada, Ghana, Great Britain, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Africa, Taiwan and the United States. Each global case study provides significant insights into what happens to knowledge as it moves back and forth between source communities and global sites, especially the museum. Museum as Process is an important contribution to understanding the relationships between museums and source communities and the flow of cultural knowledge.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Museum as Process Raymond A. Silverman  2. Indigenous Ontologies, Digital Futures: Plural Provenances and the Kwakwaka’wakw Collection in Berlin and Beyond Aaron Glass  3. Wampum Unites Us: Digital Access, Interdisciplinarity and Indigenous Knowledge—Situating the GRASAC Knowledge Sharing Database Heidi Bohaker, Alan Ojiig Corbiere and Ruth B. Phillips  4. Projectishare.com: Sharing Our Past, Collecting for the Future Jennifer Shannon  5. Open Access Versus the Culture of Protocols Howard Morphy  6. The Veracity of Form: Transforming Knowledges and their Forms in the Purari Delta of Papua New Guinea Joshua A. Bell  7. Translating Knowledge: Uniting Alutiiq People With Heritage Information Sven Haakanson, Jr.  8. From Entangled Objects to Engaged Subjects: Knowledge Translation and Cultural Heritage Regeneration Lea S. McChesney  9. The Price of Knowledge and the Economies of Heritage in Zuni, New Mexico Gwyneira Isaac  10. Public History in Alexandra: Facing the Challenges of Tourism and Struggle Heroization Noor Nieftagodien  11. The Culture Bank: Micro-Credit, Living Objects and Community Development in West Africa Todd Vincent Crosby  12. Locating Culture with/in a Ghanaian Community Raymond A. Silverman  13. Communities and Museums—Equal Partners? Sheila Watson  14. Challenging Museum Sustainability: Governance, Community Participation and the Fickle Political Climate in Southern Luzon (Philippines) Towns Ana Maria Theresa P. Labrador  15. Ko Tawa: where are the glass cabinets? Paul Tapsell  16. The Interrogative Museum Ivan Karp and Corinne A. Kratz




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Raymond Silverman is Professor of History of Art and Afroamerican & African Studies and founding Director of the Museum Studies Program at the University of Michigan.