Museum – Politics – Management

Guest Editors: Zahava D. Doering (Senior Social Scientist, Thinc Design, New York & Editor Emerita, Curator: The Museum Journal)

Submission Deadline: 1 June 2020

The field of museum studies has covered a broad range of aspects from exhibition and collection management, curation, conservation, to economic aspects in the face of cultural political legitimization, to visitor participation and the use of digital tools, amongst others. This special issue looks at new approaches in museum research, practice, politics and management.

Recent criticism towards cultural institutions more generally, and towards museums more specifically, is directed at the museums’ distinct mandate to conduct and disseminate research. Criticism is directed to decolonization of archives and collections, exhibition practices, as well as to the museums’ infrastructures. Yet, what does it actually mean to “decolonize” an archive or a collection? What implication does this have on the exhibition development and interpretive strategies, public programming and audience engagement activities? What roles do open access, open data, and “the digital museum” have in this context? To be more diverse and accessible, how should well-established hierarchical structures within museums be changed? What new or revised (cultural) policies and regulations would such a transformation require? What options are there for developing entirely new museums? These questions also allow for a renewed look at the question of memory: How can museums serve a diverse future collective memory? Finally, what are the implications for present and potential users of museums?

Questions and aspects this issue deals with include, but are not limited to

  • museums and decolonization practices
  • museums and decolonization of knowledge production
  • digital archives / collections / museums
  • (new) cultural policies for museums
  • (new) cultural management approaches for museums
  • human resource management of museums
  • development of entirely new museums
  • museums and collective memory
  • emerging paradigms for exhibition development and interpretive strategies
  • the role of new potential users of museums

Submission Deadline: 1 June 2020

Please see the Submission Guidelines

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Current Calls for Papers

  • Transformation and Upheavals: The effects of crises and conflicts on the arts 

    Guest Editors: n.n.

    Submission Deadline: 1 December 2020

    Political upheavals and processes of social transformation affect the conditions for cultural production, dissemination, education, policy, and management. The transfer from one political party to another, even when it occurs through legitimate political processes, can mean ...

  • Non-Visitor Studies and New Audiences

    Submission Deadline: 1 June 2021

    Audience and visitor studies are well established fields. Numerous journals and books address the audiences of museums, concerts, theaters, or film festivals. Research on non-visitors, however, hardly exists, although a large part of the population belongs ...