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Museums, Peoples, Places: European museums and identity in history

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Christopher Whitehead, Professor Rhiannon MasonORCiD


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Th is is an introduction to Work Package 1 of the EC-funded FP7 European Museums in an Age of Migrations (MeLa) project, which involves a historical and contemporary focus on the signifi cance of museum representations of place for expressions of cultural identity in European Museums. The importance of place in museums – as a conceptual, epistemological and representational framework– is fi rst considered historically, in relation to international museo-political relations (e.g. spoliation, colonial collecting etc.) nation building within the modern state. Th e essay then goes on to address questions surrounding place-people(s)-culture relations in contemporary European museums, involving consideration of the ways in which museums construct places and their inhabitants through representational practices. Establishing the parameters and methodologies to be adopted, we ask how such representations are fi gured and consumed at the present time, against a backdrop of changing geo-political and social orders brought about by EU legislation, migration and mobility and discourses about place (local, national, ‘European’ etc) in relation to citizenship.

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Author(s): Whitehead C, Mason R

Editor(s): Basso Peressut, L., Pozzi, C.

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: European Museums in an Age of Migrations. Questions, Challenges, Perspectives

Year: 2012

Pages: 153-160

Publisher: DPA Press

Place Published: Milan


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ISBN: 9788895194325