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Museums and Migration

History, Memory and Politics, 1st Edition

Edited by Laurence Gourievidis


264 pages

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Recent decades have seen migration history and issues increasingly featured in museums. Museums and Migration explores the ways in which museum spaces - local, regional, national - have engaged with the history of migration, including internal migration, emigration and immigration. It presents the latest innovative research from academics and museum practitioners and offers a comparative perspective on a global scale bringing to light geo- and socio-political specificities. It includes an extensive range of international contributions from Europe, Asia, South America as well as settler societies such as Canada and Australia.

Museums and Migration charts and enlarges the developing body of research which concentrates on the analysis of the representation of migration in relation to the changing character of museums within society, examining their civic role and their function as key public arenas within civil society. It also aims to inform debates focusing on the way museums interact with processes of political and societal changes, and examining their agency and relationship to identity construction, community involvement, policy positions and discourses, but also ethics and moralities.


"Ultimately, Museums and Migration provides an extensive and diverse set of examples that showcase the ways in which museums have led or responded to calls for increased visibility and participation of migrant and indigenous communities in artistic and educational spaces. The authors engage with the theoretical material laid out in Gourievidis's introduction and in the first part of the book, and apply their findings to current and historical case studies. In drawing these connections between theory and practice, the authors successfully interrogate the role of the museum in national identity formation, and help to lead the next phase of museum studies that recognizes and supports migrant contributions to community-building across the globe." - Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite, Journal of Curatorial Studies

Table of Contents

1. Representing migration in museums: history, diversity and the politics of memory Laurence Gouriévidis Part 1: Museums and migration history: issues and challenges 2.Who is the city museum in a transcultural Europe? Francesca Lanz 3. Returning to racism: new challenges for museums and citizenship Kylie Message 4. ‘Whose cake is it anyway?: museums, civil society and the changing reality of public engagement Bernadette Lynch Part 2: Engaging with cultural diversity: migration in museums 5. Immigration: politics, rhetoric and participatory practices in Italian museums Anna Chiara Cimoli 6. World in the East End at the V&A Museum of Childhood Eithne Nightingale 7. The museum in a multicultural setting – the case of Malmö museums Christina Johansson 8. The Ulster American Folk Park and heritage diversity in Northern Ireland Karine Bigand 9. A museum of our own Susan Ashley 10. Identification, hybridisation and authentication: representing the heritage of migrants in four cultural institutions of Sucre, Bolivia Tamara Glas Part 3: Migration history and national narratives in museum 11. The migrant and the museum: place and representation in Ireland Elizabeth Crooke 12. The recognition of migrations in the construction of Catalan national identity? Representations of the history of migrations and cultural diversity in Catalan museums (1980-2012) Fabien Van Geert 13. Migration history and nation-building: the role of museums and memorials in post-devolution Wales Marco Giudici 14. Migration exhibitions and the question of identity: reflections on the history of the representation of migration in Australian museums 1986-2011 Mary Hutchison and Andrea Witcomb 15. Heritage and the reframing of Japan’s national narrative of Hokkaido: negotiating identity in migration history Julie Higashi

About the Series

Museum Meanings

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology