1st Edition

National Museums New Studies from Around the World

Edited By Simon Knell, Peter Aronsson, Arne Amundsen Copyright 2011
    504 Pages
    by Routledge

    504 Pages
    by Routledge

    National Museums is the first book to explore the national museum as a cultural institution in a range of contrasting national contexts. Composed of new studies of countries that rarely make a showing in the English-language studies of museums, this book reveals how these national museums have been used to create a sense of national self, place the nation in the arts, deal with the consequences of political change, remake difficult pasts, and confront those issues of nationalism, ethnicity and multiculturalism which have come to the fore in national politics in recent decades.

    National Museums combines research from both leading and new researchers in the fields of history, museum studies, cultural studies, sociology, history of art, media studies, science and technology studies, and anthropology. It is an interrogation of the origins, purpose, organisation, politics, narratives and philosophies of national museums.

    Part 1: Introductions and Reflections -- 1. National Museums and the National Imagination; 2. Explaining National Museums; 3. Myths of Nationality; Part 2: Origins and Ideologies -- 4. Loading Guns with Patriotic Love; 5. Narrative and Imagination; 6. National Art Museum Practice as Political Cartography in Nineteenth-Century Britain; 7. Placing Britain in the British Museum; 8. Producing an Art History of the Nation; 9. Reimagining the Nation in Museums; 10. National Art Museums and the ‘Modernization’ of Turkey; 11. Political Change and the National Museum in Taiwan; 12. The British Museum in Print; Part 3: Museology and Participation -- 13. The Nation Disrobed; 14. Taking Part; 15. Representing Wales at the Museum of Welsh Life; 16. Same Exhibitions, Different Labels?; 17. Re-Thinking Korean Cultural Identities at the National Museum of Korea; 18. The Aesthetics and Narratives of National Museums in China; 19. The Dutch National Historical Museum; 20. Who Authors the Nation?; 21. Recounting History; Part 4: Ourselves and Others -- 22. Kaesŏng Koryŏ Museum; 23. The National Museum as Palimpsest; 24. Exhibiting China in London; 25. Exhibiting the Congo in Stockholm; 26. After the Fall of the Berlin Wall; 27. The Ijzertoren Memorial Museum; 28. Postcolonialism, Ethnicity and the National Museum of Ireland; 29. Facing Up to Diversity.


    Simon Knell is Professor of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester.

    Peter Aronsson is Professor in Cultural Heritage and the Uses of History at a multi-disciplinary Culture Studies Department at Linköping University.

    Arne Bugge Amundsen is an award-winning Professor of Cultural History and Head of the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo.

    Amy Jane Barnes is completing research in the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester.

    Stuart Burch is a Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University where he teaches museum studies, heritage management and public history.

    Jennifer Carter is Assistant Professor of Museum Studies in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto.

    Viviane Gosselin is a researcher affiliated with the Centre for the Study of Historical Consciousness at the University of British Columbia.

    Sally Hughes is Senior Lecturer in Publishing at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, Oxford Brookes.

    Alan Kirwan is undertaking research at the University of Leicester.