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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 6, 2018


Conal McCarthy and Sandra H. Dudley

Research Articles

Introduction: Museums, Power, Knowledge
Tony Bennett

Houses for the Curious: Curating between Medicine, Life, and Art
Ken Arnold

Heterotopia or Carnival Site? Rethinking the Ethnographic Museum
Jennifer Walklate

Why Looking at Objects Matters: An Argument from the Aesthetic Philosophy of Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten
Adam Bencard

Between Practice and Theory: Dialogical Teaching and Art as Performative
Nathaniel Prottas

Women “Making History” in Museums: The Case of Female Curators in Postwar New Zealand
Bronwyn Labrum

Collections without End: The Ghostly Presences of Captain Matthew McVicker Smyth
Andrea Witcomb and Alistair Paterson


War Museums and Agonistic Memory: A Report
Stefan Berger, Anna Cento Bull, Cristian Cercel, Nina Parish, Ma?gorzata A. Quinkenstein, Eleanor Rowley, and Zofia Wóycicka

Unexpected Encounters: Museums Nurturing Living and Ageing Well: The Research Centre for Museums and Galleries’ Conference at the Manchester Museum, 25 – 26 April 2018
Jocelyn Dodd and Sarah Plumb


Exhibition Reviews

Behind the Red Door: A Vision of the Erotic in Costa Rican Art, The Museum of Costa Rican Art, San José
Gloriana Amador

“A Positive Future in Classical Antiquities”: Teece Museum, University of Canterbury, Christchurch
Joanna Cobley

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Blaire M. Moskowitz

Anche le Statue Muoiono: Conflitto e Patrimonio tra Antico e Contemporaneo, Museo Egizio, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Musei Reali, Turin
Elena Settimini

Rethinking Human Remains in Museum Collections: Curating Heads at UCL
Angela Stienne

Family Portraits, the Archaeological Museum, Bologna
Anna Tulliach

100% Fight – The History of Sweden,the Swedish History Museum, Stockholm
Olga Zabalueva

Exhibition Review Essays

The National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.
Sharon Ann Holt

After Darkness: Social Impact and Art Institutions
Sophie Kazan

Book Reviews

Bennett, Tony, et al., Collecting, Ordering, Governing: Anthropology, Museums and Liberal Government
Emma Waterton

Classen, Constance, Museum of the Senses: Experiencing Art and Collections
Sheila K. Hoffman

Reeve, John, and Caroline Lang, eds., New Museum Practice in Asia
Masaaki Morishita

Book Review Essays

Sustaining the Past into the Future: Some Reflections on Mechanisms to Keep Heritage Meaningful and Sustainable
Sven Grabow

Bennett, Tony, Museums, Power, Knowledge: Selected Essays
Dominique Poulot

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