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Museum Worlds

Advances in Research

Aims & Scope

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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 Issue

Volume 4, 2016



Guest editors: James L. Flexner and Kylie Message


Introduction: Dark and Bright Futures for Museum Archaeology
James L. Flexner


Comparative Colonialism and Collections-Based Archaeological Research: Dig Less, Catalog More
Julia A. King

Why Is It Necessary to Include the Gender Perspective in Archaeological Museums? Some Examples from Spanish Museums
Lourdes Prados Torreira

“The Changing of the Guards”? British Prehistoric Collections and Archaeology in the Museums of the Future
Catherine J. Frieman and Neil Wilkin

Integrating Research and Collections Management: The Ho‘omaka Hou Research Initiative at the Bishop Museum
Mara Mulrooney, Charmaine Wong, Kelley Esh, Scott Belluomini, and Mark D. McCoy

Democratizing the Digital Collection: New Players and New Pedagogies in Three-Dimensional Cultural Heritage
Jane-Heloise Nancarrow

Obligations to Objects: Tangled Histories and Changing Contexts of the Burnett River Rock Engravings
Brit Asmussen, Lester Michael Hill, Sean Ulm, and Chantal Knowles

Repatriation as Inspiration: Multigenerational Perspectives on American Archaeology-Museum Relationships
April M. Beisaw and Penelope H. Duus

With an Open Mind and Open Heart: Collections Care at the Laboratory of Archaeology
Kate Roth

Analyzing Museum Collections in Scandinavia: New Insights in Revised Modernity and Its Implications on Archaeological Material
Niklas Ytterberg

Steamships to Suffragettes: A Case Study of Interpretative Museology, Public Engagement, and Digital Development
Nicolas Bigourdan, Kevin Edwards, and Michael McCarthy

Curation as Public Scholarship: Museum Archaeology in a Seventeenth-Century Shipwreck Exhibit
Sarah A. Buchanan

Archaeology and Ethnographic Collections: Disentangling Provenance, Provenience, and Context in Vanuatu Assemblages
James L. Flexner

Holistic Houses and a Sense of Place: Contextualizing the Bishop Museum Hale Pili Exhibit through Archaeological Analyses
Jennifer G. Kahn


Meeting Reports

Reflections from a Panel of Indigenous Speakers at the New Encounters Conference (National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 16–18 March 2016)
Julie Gough, Jonathan Jones, Kelli Cole, Shari Lett, and Glenn Iseger-Pilkington

The Twelfth Pacific Arts Association (International Symposium, Auckland, New Zealand, 14–17 March 2016)
Billie Lythberg

The Museum in the Global Contemporary: Debating the Museum of Now (University of Leicester School of Museum Studies 50th Anniversary Conference, 18–22 April 2016)
Jennifer Walklate

Project Reports

Digitizing Endangered Language Materials at the National Anthropological Archives at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History
Jeanine Nault, Jake Homiak, and Joshua A. Bell

Honoring and Interpreting the Past: Project Review of the Collaboration between Māori artist George Nuku and National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh
Natasha Barrett


Exhibition Review Essays

The Changi Museum: Balancing Authentic and Reproduction Heritage at a World War II Commemoration Site in Singapore
Steven J. Hoff man

Matahoata, “A Well-Informed Gaze” on Marquesan Material Culture and Art at the Musée du quai Branly
Fanny Wonu Veys

Exhibition Reviews

Espiritualidades en Quito: Diálogos en la Diversidad (Museo de la Ciudad, Quito, Ecuador)
Joseph P. Feldman

Artists and Empire (Tate Britain, London
Natasha Barrett

All Together Now: Vancouver Collectors and Their Worlds (Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver)
Elsa Lenz Kothe

Il Salinas ricorda Salinas (1914–2014): “Del Real Museo di Palermo e del suo avvenire” (Museo Archeologico Regionale “Antonino Salinas,” Palermo Museum, Palermo)
Antonio Crisà

You Can’t Please All: Bhupen Khakhar Retrospective (Tate Modern, London)
Sayantan Mukhopadhyay

From Eerie to Endearing: Yokai in the Arts of Japan (Edo-Tokyo Museum, Tokyo)
Masaaki Morishita

The Polin Experience (Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw)
Ewa Klekoty

Book Reviews

Simon Knell, National Galleries: The Art of Making Nations
Alan Crookham

Robert R. Janes, Museums without Borders: Selected Writings of Robert R. Janes
Nina Finigan

Sarah Longair, and John McAleer, Curating Empire: Museums and the British Imperial Experience
Elizabeth Plumridge

Nicholas Thomas, Julie Adams, Billie Lythberg, Maia Nuku, and Amiria Salmond, Artefacts of Encounter: Cook’s Voyages, Colonial Collecting and Museum Histories
Michelle Horwood

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