Call for Paper Proposals
30 June-4 July, 2013; Tartu, Estonia
Panel: Museums as circulation: processes of knowledge-making, collections,and audiences
Panel Convenors: Mariana Francozo (Leiden University) and Christiano
Conventionally understood as traditional and static national institutions, ethnographic museums have undergone drastic changes in the last quarter of a century and have tried to redefine themselves as knowledge-producing,public-oriented cultural arenas. However, this re-invention has not changed the very essence of what a museum is and does - a place where different peoples, times and places are connected in a single experience. In fact,
movements and exchange are and always have been the basic operational method of the museum. In this panel, we would like to look at museums as places of circulation in the broadest sense of the term. Our aim is to address ethnographic museums in historical and contemporary perspective and investigate in which ways they are formed by as well as promote the circulation of objects, peoples, ideas, knowledge, and power. This is particularly the case in contemporary museum, where the use of digital technologies explicitly demonstrate the interconnectedness and multi-sited
nature of meaning-construction and of the museum experience in general. Therefore, we would also like to encourage the discussion of new modes of promoting exchanges between museums and their audiences, focusing on the creative bilateral interactions that occur within such participation.
Additional information concerning collections, and digital access to
heritage are examples of new digital media adopted by museums.
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