Museums in Focus

Series Editor:

Committed to the articulation of big, even risky, ideas in small format publications, Museums In Focus challenges authors and readers to experiment with, innovate, and press museums and the intellectual frameworks through which we view these. It offers a platform for approaches that radically rethink the relationships between cultural and intellectual dissent and crisis and debates about museums, politics and the broader public sphere.

Museums In Focus is motivated by the intellectual hypothesis that museums are not innately ‘useful’, safe’ or even ‘public’ places, and that recalibrating our thinking about them might benefit from adopting a more radical and oppositional form of logic and approach. Examining this problem requires a level of comfort with (or at least tolerance of) the idea of crisis, dissent, protest and radical thinking, and authors might benefit from considering how cultural and intellectual crisis, regeneration and anxiety have been dealt with in other disciplines and contexts.

Books published in the series are between 30,000 and 50,000 words in length and fully refereed. If you would like to discuss submitting a proposal, please contact the series editor:

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  • A Museum in Public: Re-visioning Canada’s Royal Ontario Museum book cover

    A Museum in Public

    Re-visioning Canada’s Royal Ontario Museum, 1st Edition

    By Susan L.T. Ashley

    Not satisfied with the assertion that museums have taken great strides in becoming representative, relevant and open in their preoccupations, A Museum in Public contends that the supposedly public nature of their institutional role continues to be a rhetorical one. This book critically examines…

    Hardback – 2019-09-15 
    Museums in Focus

  • Global Trends in Museum Diplomacy: Post-Guggenheim Developments book cover

    Global Trends in Museum Diplomacy

    Post-Guggenheim Developments, 1st Edition

    By Natalia Grincheva

    Global Trends in Museum Diplomacy traces the transformation of museums from publicly or privately funded heritage institutions into active players in the economic sector of culture. Exploring how this transformation reconfigured cultural diplomacy, the book argues that museums have become…

    Hardback – 2019-07-18 
    Museums in Focus

  • Interpreting Objects in the Hybrid Museum: Convergence, Collections and Cultural Policy book cover

    Interpreting Objects in the Hybrid Museum

    Convergence, Collections and Cultural Policy, 1st Edition

    By Helena Robinson

    Interpreting Objects in the Hybrid Museum examines the recent trend for converged collecting institutions and uses its investigation as a catalyst for critical reflection by all stakeholders on the risks, as well as advantages, of integration for cultural engagement. Drawing on three case…

    Hardback – 2019-03-12
    Museums in Focus

  • Sharing Authority in the Museum: Distributed objects, reassembled relationships book cover

    Sharing Authority in the Museum

    Distributed objects, reassembled relationships, 1st Edition

    By Michelle Horwood

    Sharing Authority in the Museum provides a detailed and fully contextualised study of a heritage assemblage over time, from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Focussing on Māori objects, predominantly originating from the Ngā Paerangi tribe, housed in Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum, the…

    Hardback – 2018-11-13
    Museums in Focus

  • Museums and Racism book cover

    Museums and Racism

    1st Edition

    By Kylie Message

    Racism is a hot topic in museums today, as well as an urgent social issue. Focused on the broad field of multicultural policy, Museums and Racism examines how the Immigration Museum in Melbourne, Australia, has responded to political culture and public debate around racism. Analysis focuses on the…

    Hardback – 2018-05-15
    Museums in Focus

  • The Disobedient Museum: Writing at the Edge book cover

    The Disobedient Museum

    Writing at the Edge, 1st Edition

    By Kylie Message

    The Disobedient Museum: Writing at the Edge aims to motivate disciplinary thinking to reimagine writing about museums as an activity where resistant forms of thinking, seeing, feeling, and acting can be produced, and to theorize this process as a form of protest against disciplinary…

    Hardback – 2017-10-03
    Museums in Focus