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 public museum, and the ontological assumptions that inform them, the authors consider recent discourse around inclusion in museums and explore the ways this has been taken up in practice. Highlighting the limits of particular approaches to inclusion, and the failure to move away from a traditional museological paradigm, the book outlines an alternative critical museological approach that the authors refer to as ‘queer’. Providing readers with the critical tools necessary for a profound rethinking of museum practice, the book also responds to and problematises the growing call for social inclusion.
Queering the Museum will appeal to academics, students, and museum and arts sector practitioners with an interest in critical theory or queer practice. It will be of particular interest to those working in the fields of museum studies, sociology, archaeology, anthropology, cultural studies, media, social policy, politics, philosophy, and history.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1.From LGBTIQ+ inclusion to queer ethics; 2. Queer/ing display; 3. Queer/ing meaning-making; 4.Queer/ing engagement; Conclusion
Nikki Sullivan is Manager of the Centre of Democracy in Adelaide, South Australia. She is also Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts, University of Adelaide.
Craig Middleton is Curator at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra. His research and practice explore political histories and histories of activism, LGBTIQ+ histories, and critical museology.