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 new, multi-disciplinary, refereed, annual journal from Berghahn Journals that will publish 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 the broad field of Museum Studies, Museum Worlds: Advances in Research will contribute to the ongoing formation of Museum Studies, as an academic and practical field of research which 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: Advances in Research aims to trace and comment on major regional, theoretical, methodological and topical themes and debates, and 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 will both challenge and develop the core concepts that link different disciplinary perspectives on museums by bringing new voices into ongoing debates and discussions. Articles will be of exceptional quality and general interest from around the world. 

Current Issue

Volume 1, 2013

Sandra Dudley and Kylie Message



Critical Museology: A Manifesto
Anthony Shelton

The End of the Beginning: Normativity in the Postdigital Museum
Ross Parry

National Museums, Globalization, and Postnationalism: Imagining a Cosmopolitan Museology
Rhiannon Mason

Colonial Visions: Egyptian Antiquities and Contested Histories in the Cairo Museum
Christina Riggs

Heritage: Renovation, Relocation, Remediation, and Repositioning Museums
Mary Bouquet

Piazzas or Stadiums: Toward an Alternative Account of Museums in Cultural and Urban Development
Lisanne Gibson

Exhibitions as Research: Displaying the Technologies That Make Bodies Visible
Anita Herle

‘Ceremonies of Renewal’: Visits, Relationships, and Healing in the Museum Space
Laura Peers

Cultural Collisions in Socially Engaged Artistic Practice: ‘Temple Swapping’ and Hybridity in the Work of Theaster Gates
Janet Marstine


Museums in a Global World: A Conversation on Museums, Heritage, Nation, and Diversity in a Transnational Age
Convened by Conal McCarthy and edited by Jennifer Walklate



After the Return: Digital Repatriation and the Circulation of Indigenous Knowledge Workshop Report
Workshop Report
Joshua A. Bell, Kimberly Christen, and Mark Turin

International Seminar on Museums and the Changing Cultural Landscape, Ladakh Conference and Project Report
Manvi Seth



Steampunk, Bradford Industrial Museum, UK
Jeanette Atkinson

Framing India: Paris-Delhi-Bombay . . ., Centre Pompidou, Paris
Tracy Buck

E Tū Ake: Māori Standing Strong/Māori: leurs trésors sont une âme, Te Papa, Wellington, and Musée du quai Branly, Paris
Simon Jean

The New American Art Galleries, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
Alan Wallach

Scott’s Last Expedition, The Natural History Museum, London
Peter Davis

Left-Wing Art, Right-Wing Art, Pure Art: New National Art, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
Ewa Klekot

Focus on Strangers: Photo Albums of World War II
Philipp Schorch

A Museum That Is Not: A Fanatical Narrative of What a Museum Can Be
Wing Yan Vivian Ting

21st Century: Art in the First Decade, QAGOMA, Brisbane
Caroline Turner and Glen St John Barclay

James Cook and the Exploration of the Pacific, Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn
Jennifer Wagelie

Land, Sea and Sky: Contemporary Art of the Torres Strait Islands, QAGOMA, Brisbane, and Awakening: Stories from the Torres Strait, Queensland Museum, Brisbane
Graeme Were



Buszek, Maria Elena, ed., Extra/Ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art
Fiona P. McDonald

Hansen, Tone, ed., (Re)Staging the Art Museum
Fiona P. McDonald

Phillips, Ruth B., Museum Pieces: Towards the Indigenization of Canadian Museums
Conal McCarthy

Sandell, Richard, and Eithne Nightingale, eds., Museums, Equality and Social Justice
Shelley Ruth Butler