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. 

Forthcoming Volume

Volume 2, 2014


Sandra Dudley & Kylie Message


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

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

Translated Objects: the Olov Janse Case
Johan Hegardt & Anna Källén

Hybridity: Objects as Contact Zones. A critical analysis of objects in the West African collections at the Manchester Museum
Emma K. Poulter

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

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

From the Margins to the Centre: La Bienal de São Paulo, the Biennale of Sydney and the Istanbul Biennial
Rebecca Coates

FORUM: Museums and Mental Health

Amy Jane Barnes

The Beautiful Mind: The Role of Museums in Interacting with Visitors with Mental Illness
Chia-Li Chen, Chun-Hung Lin, Shih-Ku Lin,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

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


Mediation in Museums
Projects and Workshops Report
Alice Semedo

Museums, Collecting, Agency: A Symposium
Tanya Zoe Robinson

Inhabited Exhibitions
Per B. Rekdal


Fetish Modernity, touring exhibition at the Museum of Ethnography, Stockholm
Johanna Zetterstrom-Sharp

Remaking an ethnographic museum in Cologne: The New Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum – Cultures of the World
Ciraj Rassool

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, 2013
Jeanette Atkinson

Staatliches Museum Ägyptiescher 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

Finding identity in Peruvian National Museums
Christian Mesia

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