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Routledge Research in Museum Studies


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This series presents the latest research from right across the field of museum studies. It is not confined to any particular area, or school of thought, and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

To submit proposals, please contact the Routledge Editor, Heidi Lowther ([email protected])

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Narratives of Vulnerability in Museums American Interpretations of the Great Depression

Narratives of Vulnerability in Museums: American Interpretations of the Great Depression

1st Edition

By Meighen Katz
June 24, 2019

Narratives of Vulnerability in Museums is a study of the challenges museums face when they present narratives of instability, uncertainty, and fear in their exhibitions. As a period of sustained societal and personal vulnerability, the Great Depression remains a watershed era in American history. ...

Museums and Photography Displaying Death

Museums and Photography: Displaying Death

1st Edition

By Elena Stylianou, Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert
June 07, 2019

Museums and Photography combines a strong theoretical approach with international case studies to investigate the display of death in various types of museums—history, anthropology, art, ethnographic, and science museums – and to understand the changing role of photography in museums.  ...

Representing the Nation Heritage, Museums, National Narratives, and Identity in the Arab Gulf States

Representing the Nation: Heritage, Museums, National Narratives, and Identity in the Arab Gulf States

1st Edition

Edited By Pamela Erskine-Loftus, Mariam Ibrahim Al-Mulla, Victoria Hightower
June 07, 2019

The 1970s saw the emergence and subsequent proliferation across the Arabian Peninsula of ‘national museums’, institutions aimed at creating social cohesion and affiliation to the state within a disparate population. Representing the Nation examines the wide-ranging use of exhibitionary forms of ...

The Personalization of the Museum Visit Art Museums, Discourse, and Visitors

The Personalization of the Museum Visit: Art Museums, Discourse, and Visitors

1st Edition

By Seph Rodney
June 03, 2019

The Personalization of the Museum Visit examines a fundamental shift in institutional behavior in museums located in the United States and the United Kingdom. Contending that art museums have moved toward a new paradigm of public engagement, it posits that modern museum visitors are treated as ...

The Private Collector's Museum Public Good Versus Private Gain

The Private Collector's Museum: Public Good Versus Private Gain

1st Edition

By Georgina S Walker
May 29, 2019

The Private Collector’s Museum connects the rising popularity of private museums with evolving models of collecting and philanthropy, and new inter-relationships between private and public space. It examines how contemporary collectors construct museums to frame themselves as cultural arbiters of ...

Diversity and Philanthropy at African American Museums Black Renaissance

Diversity and Philanthropy at African American Museums: Black Renaissance

1st Edition

By Patricia A. Banks
May 02, 2019

Diversity and Philanthropy at African American Museums is the first scholarly book to analyze contemporary African American museums from a multifaceted perspective. While it puts a spotlight on the issues and challenges related to racial politics that black museums collectively face in the 21st ...

Biculturalism at New Zealand’s National Museum An Ethnography of Te Papa

Biculturalism at New Zealand’s National Museum: An Ethnography of Te Papa

1st Edition

By Tanja Schubert-McArthur
March 27, 2019

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa has been celebrated as an international leader for its bicultural concept and partnership with Māori in all aspects of the museum, but how does this relationship with the indigenous partner work in practice? Biculturalism at New Zealand’s National Museum ...

Museum Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship A New Model for a Challenging Era

Museum Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship: A New Model for a Challenging Era

1st Edition

By Haitham Eid
March 19, 2019

Museum Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship makes a contribution towards building a museum perspective of innovation that takes into consideration the unique role of museums in society. Beginning and ending with the idea of museum innovation in a wider sense, the book takes digital innovation as ...

Museums as Cultures of Copies The Crafting of Artefacts and Authenticity

Museums as Cultures of Copies: The Crafting of Artefacts and Authenticity

1st Edition

Edited By Brita Brenna, Hans Dam Christensen, Olav Hamran
December 13, 2018

Few institutions are warier of copies than museums. Few fields of knowledge are more prone to denounce copies as fake than the heritage field. Few discourses are as concerned with authenticity, aura, originals and provenance as those concerning exhibiting and collecting. So why is it that these are...

The Rise of the Must-See Exhibition Blockbusters in Australian Museums and Galleries

The Rise of the Must-See Exhibition: Blockbusters in Australian Museums and Galleries

1st Edition

By Anna Lawrenson, Chiara O'Reilly
December 04, 2018

Blockbuster exhibitions are ubiquitous fixtures in the cultural calendars of major museums and galleries worldwide. The Rise of the Must-See Exhibition charts their ascent across a diverse array of museums and galleries. The book positions these exhibits in the Australian cultural context, ...

Collecting and Exhibiting Computer-Based Technology Expert Curation at the Museums of the Smithsonian Institution

Collecting and Exhibiting Computer-Based Technology: Expert Curation at the Museums of the Smithsonian Institution

1st Edition

By Petrina Foti
November 05, 2018

Computer technology has transformed modern society, yet curators wishing to reflect those changes face difficult challenges in terms of both collecting and exhibiting. Collecting and Exhibiting Computer-Based Technology examines how curators at the history and technology museums of the Smithsonian ...

Museums and the Ancient Middle East Curatorial Practice and Audiences

Museums and the Ancient Middle East: Curatorial Practice and Audiences

1st Edition

Edited By Geoff Emberling, Lucas P. Petit
September 18, 2018

Museums and the Ancient Middle East is the first book to focus on contemporary exhibit practice in museums that present the ancient Middle East. Bringing together the latest thinking from a diverse and international group of leading curators, the book presents the views of those working in one ...

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