Museum Worlds

Advances in Research

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Editors: Sandra Dudley, University of Leicester, and Kylie Message, Australian National University

NEW IN 2013!

Museum Worlds: Advances in Research is a multidisciplinary, refereed, annual journal that publishes work that significantly advances knowledge of global trends, case studies, and theory relevant to museum practice and scholarship around the world.

Responding to the need for a rigorous, in-depth review of current work in its field, Museum Worlds: Advances in Research contributes to the ongoing formation of Museum Studies as an academic and practical area of research that is rapidly expanding and alive with potential, opportunity, and challenge that parallels the rapid growth of museums in just about every part of the world.

Museum Worlds aims to trace and comment on major regional, theoretical, methodological, and topical themes and debates, and to encourage comparison of museum theories, practices, and developments in different global settings. Each issue includes a conversation piece on a current topic, as well as peer-reviewed scholarly articles and review articles, book and exhibition reviews, and news on developments in museum studies and related curricula in different parts of the world. Drawing on the expertise and networks of a global Editorial Board of senior scholars and museum practitioners, the journal both challenges and develops the core concepts that link different disciplinary perspectives on museums by bringing new voices into ongoing debates and discussions. Articles are of exceptional quality and general interest from around the world.

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Current Volume

Volume 2, 2014


Kylie Message and Sandra Dudley


The Sacred and the Museum: Repatriation and the Trajectories of Inalienable Possessions
Chip Colwell

Hybridity — Objects as Contact Zones: A Critical Analysis of Objects in the West African Collections at the Manchester Museum
Emma K. Poulter

Translated Objects: The Olov Janse Case
Johan Hegardt and Anna Källén

Assessing Museums Online: The Digital Heritage Sustainability (DHS) Framework
Ana Luisa Sánchez Laws

The Cosmohermeneutics of Migration Encounters at the Immigration Museum, Melbourne
Philipp Schorch

Dubai’s Museum Types: A Structural Analytic
John Biln and Mohamed El Amrousi

From the Margins to the Center: The São Paulo Biennial, the Biennale of Sydney, and the Istanbul Biennial
Rebecca Coates

Forum: Museums and Mental Health

Amy Jane Barnes

Beautiful Minds: The Role of Museums in Interacting with Visitors with Mental Illness
Chia-Li Chen, Chun-Hung Lin, Shih-Ku Lin, and Tak-Cheung Lau

Compassionate Museums?
Joanna Besley

"Your Rhonda Is Downstairs!" The Need for a Whole-of-Museum Approach to Survivors of Trauma
Adele Chynoweth

Museum of Memory: Promoting Healing in Cambodia through History, Culture, and Arts
Savina Sirik, Pechet Men, and Kunthy Seng

The Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent, and the Debate on Normality in Society
Patrick Allegaert

Mental Health and the Museum: Institutional Spaces for Memories and Interaction
Catharine Coleborne

A Museum of the Mind
Colin Gale


Museum Mediators in Europe: Connecting Learning in a Field of Experience
Alice Semedo

Museums, Collecting, Agency: A Symposium
Tanya Zoe Robinson

Inhabited Exhibitions
Per Bjorn Rekdal

Exhibit Reviews

Fetish Modernity, Museum of Ethnography, Stockholm
Johanna Zetterstrom-Sharp

Remaking an Ethnographic Museum in Cologne: The New Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum — Cultures of the World
Ciraj Rassool

The George W. Bush Presidential Center, Dallas, Texas
Bruce Levy

Moving on Asia: Towards a New Art Network 2004–2013, Gallery LOOP, Seoul, and City Gallery Wellington
Vera Mey

L’Art Nouveau: la Révolution Décorative, Tamara de Lempicka: la Reine de l’Art Déco, Pinacothèque de Paris
Jeanette Atkinson

Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst, Glyptothek and Alte Pinakothek, Munich
Elizabeth Rankin

Tangible Splendor: The Chi Chang Yuan Collection of Lacquer with Mother-of-Pearl Inlay, National Museum of History, Taipei
Ying Ying Lai

First Peoples, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum
Linda Young

The National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History, and the National Museum of Peruvian Culture, Lima
Christian Mesia Montenegro

David Bowie Is, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, and Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
Conal McCarthy

Book Review Essays

Denton, Kirk, Exhibiting the Past: Historical Memory and the Politics of Museums in Postsocialist China;
Lu, Tracey L.-D., Museums in China: Power, Politics, and Identities;
Varutti, Marzia, 
Museums in China: The Politics of Representation after Mao
Duncan M. Campbell

Harrison, Rodney, et al., eds., Reassembling the Collection: Ethnographic Museums and Indigenous Agency
Alison Petch

Mejcher-Atassi, Sonja, and John Pedro Schwardz, eds., Archives, Museums, and Collecting Practices in the Modern Arab World
Sarah-Neel Smith

Paine, Crispin, Religious Objects in Museums: Private Lives and Public Duties
Ryan Brown-Haysom

Wintle, Claire, Colonial Collecting and Display: Encounters with Material Culture from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Nélia Dias

Book Reviews

Bennett, Tony, Making Culture, Changing Society
Elizabeth Plumridge

Golding, Viv, and Wayne Modest, eds., Museums and Communities: Curators, Collections and Collaboration
Conal McCarthy

Krmpotich, Cara, and Laura Peers, eds., This Is Our Life: Haida Material Heritage and Changing Museum Practice
Kaitlin McCormick

Message, Kylie, Museums and Social Activism: Engaged Protest
Mark O’Neill

Scott, Carol, ed., Museums and Public Value: Creating Sustainable Futures
Lee Davidson

Su, Xiaobo, and Peggy Teo, The Politics of Heritage Tourism in China: A View from Lijiang
Vivian Ting

Van Broekhoven, Laura, et al., eds., Sharing Knowledge and Cultural Heritage: First Nations of the Americas—Studies in Collaboration with Indigenous Peoples from Greenland, North and South America
Alison K. Brown

West, Andy, Museums, Colonialism and Identity: A History of Naga Collections in Britain
Arkotong Longkumer