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Science Museums in Transition

Unheard Voices, 1st Edition

Edited by Hooley McLaughlin, Judy Diamond


94 pages

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Hardback: 9781138489974
pub: 2019-09-06
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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 of particular perspectives – Native American, African American, Latinx, Islamic, Israeli, Danish, white North American. These reflections provide guidance to the museum community as to how their institutions can become more thoughtful, more welcoming to diverse audiences, and more cognizant of the ways that different people incorporate science into their daily lives. As a whole, the book emphasizes the need for museums to engage in dialogue with their visitors – not merely to present them with information – and to offer the opportunities to share experiences, exchange perspectives, and thereby advance science learning through a dynamic and collective process.

Science Museums in Transition is intended to further discussion on how museums address the political and social ramifications of science and, as such, should be of great interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students working in the fields of museum studies, science, anthropology, education and history. It should also be essential reading for museum professionals around the globe.

Table of Contents

Contributor Biographies

  1. Inclusion and Relevance in Natural History Museums
  2. by Judy Diamond

  3. Re-Exhibiting Africa at the Penn Museum: An Interview with Penn Museum Curator Tukufu Zuberi
  4. by Monique Scott

  5. Science, Islam and Critical Thinking: Lessons for Museums
  6. by Rana Dajani

  7. Museum Mantras, Teachings from Indian Country: Posterity is Now; Failure is an Option, and Repatriation is a Foundation for Research
  8. by Jen Shannon

  9. Ensuring Our People Have a Place that Feels Like Home
  10. by Elijah Benson, Royce Young Wolf, and Mary Baker "Price" with Jen Shannon

  11. Reflections on Empowering Youth in Science Museums
  12. by Marianne Achiam

  13. Promoting Responsible Citizenship in Science Museums through Student Curated Exhibits
  14. bySherman Rosenfeld and Ron Blonder

  15. Conflicts Between Traditional Knowledge Systems And Western Science: Do We Need To Revise Our Thinking in Order to Engage Youth from All Heritages?
  16. by Laura Huerta Migus

  17. Navigating Worldviews in Conversation with David Begay and Nancy Maryboy
  18. by Laura Huerta Migus

  19. Youth and the Challenge to Define the Museum of the Future

by Hooley McLaughlin


About the Editors

Hooley McLaughlin is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Information Studiesat the University of Toronto in Canada.

Judy Diamond is a Professor and Curator at the University of Nebraska State Museum in the USA.

About the Series

Museums in Focus

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:

Further information about Professor Message's work can be found here:

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Museum Studies
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / General
SCIENCE / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology