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.
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
Museums have undergone enormous changes in recent decades; an ongoing process of renewal and transformation bringing with it changes in priority, practice and role, as well as new expectations, philosophies, imperatives and tensions that continue to attract attention from those working in, and drawing upon, wide-ranging disciplines.
Museum Meanings presents new research that explores diverse aspects of the shifting social, cultural and political significance of museums and their agency beyond, as well as within, the cultural sphere. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and international perspectives and empirical investigation are brought to bear on the exploration of museums’ relationships with their various publics (and analysis of the ways in which museums shape – and are shaped by – such interactions).
Theoretical perspectives might be drawn from anthropology, cultural studies, art and art history, learning and communication, media studies, architecture and design and material culture studies, amongst others. Museums are understood very broadly – including art galleries, historic sites and other cultural heritage institutions – as are their relationships with diverse constituencies.
The Series Editors invite proposals that explore the political and social significance of museums and their ethical implications. If you have an idea for a book that you think would be appropriate for the series, then please contact the Series Editors to discuss further.