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Museums in Focus


About the Series

Committed to the articulation of big, even risky, ideas in short-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: [email protected]

Further information about Professor Message's work can be found here: https://www.routledge.com/authors/i14753-kylie-message.

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Self-Determined First Nations Museums and Colonial Contestation The Keeping Place

Self-Determined First Nations Museums and Colonial Contestation: The Keeping Place

1st Edition

By Robert Hudson, Shannon Woodcock
April 04, 2022

Self-Determined First Nations Museums and Colonial Contestation explores Indigenous practices of curation, object repatriation, and cross-cultural community engagement in a dynamic Koori museum. Grounded in the fact that Gunai Kurnai people have never ceded sovereignty, the text reorients dominant...

Reflections on Critical Museology Inside and Outside Museums

Reflections on Critical Museology: Inside and Outside Museums

1st Edition

By J. Pedro Lorente
March 15, 2022

Reflections on Critical Museology: Inside and Outside Museums offers a reflective and reflexive re-assessment of museum studies and the first wide-ranging account of critical museology. Drawing on an extensive range of examples from museums and across the museological literature, which are ...

Digital Access and Museums as Platforms

Digital Access and Museums as Platforms

1st Edition

By Caroline Wilson-Barnao
July 26, 2021

Digital Access and Museums as Platforms draws on interviews with museum practitioners, along with a range of case studies from public and private institutions, in order to investigate the tensions and benefits involved in making cultural collections available using digital technologies. Taking a ...

Museums and Atlantic Slavery

Museums and Atlantic Slavery

1st Edition

By Ana Lucia Araujo
April 12, 2021

Museums and Atlantic Slavery explores how slavery, the Atlantic slave trade, and enslaved people are represented through words, visual images, artifacts, and audiovisual materials in museums in Europe and the Americas. Divided into four chapters, the book addresses four recurrent themes: wealth ...

Museums as Agents for Social Change Collaborative Programmes at the Mutare Museum

Museums as Agents for Social Change: Collaborative Programmes at the Mutare Museum

1st Edition

By Njabulo Chipangura, Jesmael Mataga
April 12, 2021

Museums as Agents for Social Change is the first comprehensive text to examine museum practice in a decolonised moment, moving beyond known roles of object collection and presentation. Drawing on studies of Mutare museum, a regional museum in Eastern Zimbabwe, this book considers how museums with ...

Museums and Racism

Museums and Racism

1st Edition

By Kylie Message
March 31, 2021

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 ...

Queering the Museum

Queering the Museum

1st Edition

By Nikki Sullivan, Craig Middleton
November 14, 2019

Queering the Museum develops a queer analysis of the ways in which museums construct themselves, their core business, and their publics through the, often unconscious, use of inherited ways of knowing and doing. Providing a critique of both the practices and conventions associated with the modern ...

Anti-Museum

Anti-Museum

1st Edition

By Adrian Franklin
November 12, 2019

Anti-Museum charts the development of the anti-museum as a concept and as it has been realised in practice. Drawing on a range of case studies, including the New Museum and PS1 in New York, Mona in Australia, Art42 in Paris and Donald Judd’s Marfa, the book assesses their potential to engage museum...

Museums, Infinity and the Culture of Protocols Ethnographic Collections and Source Communities

Museums, Infinity and the Culture of Protocols: Ethnographic Collections and Source Communities

1st Edition

By Howard Morphy
October 31, 2019

Museums, Infinity and the Culture of Protocols enters a dialogue about museums’ responsibility for the curation of their collections into an infinite future while also tackling contentious issues of repatriation and digital access to collections. Bringing into focus a number of key debates ...

Collecting Activism, Archiving Occupy Wall Street

Collecting Activism, Archiving Occupy Wall Street

1st Edition

By Kylie Message
September 18, 2019

Collecting Activism, Archiving Occupy Wall Street explores the material collections produced by participants of Occupy Wall Street in 2011 that bear witness to the experience and agency of ‘the 99%’. Examining processes of collection development as a lens through which to investigate the ...

Science Museums in Transition Unheard Voices

Science Museums in Transition: Unheard Voices

1st Edition

Edited By Hooley McLaughlin, Judy Diamond
September 05, 2019

Science Museums in Transition: Unheard Voices considers how museums can adapt their exhibits, programs, and organizational structures to the diversity of ideas, people, and cultures that speak to modern science. This collection contains individual expressions by museum insiders addressing a range ...

A Museum in Public Revisioning Canada’s Royal Ontario Museum

A Museum in Public: Revisioning Canada’s Royal Ontario Museum

1st Edition

By Susan L.T. Ashley
August 23, 2019

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 ...

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