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Kylie Message and Sandra H. Dudley

Whether or not museums can live up to the ideal that they provide a public forum has become something of a moot point, if not a stereotype of the past three decades. Museum studies researchers, scholars, and professionals have been proactive in their attempts to understand whether museums can or do provide a physical manifestation of what has been generally considered an aspirational concept or model of practice. Some have been directly inspired by philosophers and sociologists such as Jürgen Habermas (1991), Nancy Fraser (1990), and Craig Calhoun (1992), as well as the critical cultural studies “movements” that have circulated around interdisciplinary journals such as Theory, Culture and Society ( and Public Culture ( Others have drawn on current and emerging directions in disciplines such as anthropology, history, and geography to explore the public sphere concept from the perspective of transnational and postcolonial concerns, and have been influenced by theorists including Seyla Benhabib (1992), Arjun Appadurai (1996), Dipesh Chakrabarty (2000), and Aihwa Ong (2006). Ultimately, of course, much of the museum-focused work—within which we include both the theoretical and the applied (for example, exhibition-based)—has been interdisciplinary. Like the wider critical debates on which it draws and to which it contributes, museum scholarship has been aff ected by ongoing global change, and has reflected—and, in many national contexts, influenced—public policy shifts before and since the new millennium.

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Lourdes Prados Torreira

, androcentric stereotypes are conveyed and reflected, in most cases without any scientific grounding. Not only are spaces dedicated to women in archaeological museums usually limited to domestic settings, but in addition these essential tasks relating to the

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Engaging Dialogues

Reframing Africa at the Royal Ontario Museum

Silvia Forni

, senior management, and community partners. 4 While the first iteration of our proposal initially was aimed quite directly at the creation of an exhibition that would challenge and contrast the stereotypes and primitivistic imagination of Africa, the

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Margareta von Oswald and Verena Rodatus

insider-and-outsider position. We began by taking a critical look at the museum’s permanent exhibition Art from Africa (2005−2016). 6 That exhibition had been devised to break with stereotypical representations of Africa in ethnological museums. The

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Steamships to Suffragettes

A Case Study of Interpretative Museology, Public Engagement, and Digital Development

Nicolas Bigourdan, Kevin Edwards, and Michael McCarthy

communities to increase self-determination … [and] … have the potential to promote tolerance, intercommunity respect and to challenges stereotypes.” In this context the SS Xantho exhibition has sought (while facing structural and financial constraints

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Repatriation as Inspiration

Multigenerational Perspectives on American Archaeology-Museum Relationships

April M. Beisaw and Penelope H. Duus

Tribal Museum. She argued that museums were the place to banish stereotypes by reinforcing “the cultural identity of the tribe, particularly for the benefit of youngsters” ( Simpson 1996: 136 ). Not everyone was convinced. A reviewer pushed back, arguing

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Cannabis Culture on Display

Deviant Heritage Comes Out of the Shadows

Rachel F. Giraudo

classification of those labeled with a negative stereotype as undesirable and unacceptable. Just because mainstream society considers particular subcultures odd, unwanted, and even embarrassing, information about these groups—whose members are considered

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Sara Selwood and Lillia McEnaney

.” Careful to avoid colonial tropes of spirituality, the exhibition faces these settler stereotypes head-on: There are many popular misconceptions about Indigenous religions and spiritualities. Non-Indigenous people often overlook the diversity of beliefs

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Making Space for Jewish Culture in Polish Folk and Ethnographic Museums

Curating Social Diversity after Ethnic Cleansing

Erica Lehrer and Monika Murzyn-Kupisz

, according to Michalski, salvaged from a real historic inn. One of the few mannequins in the museum, it is a metonym for the absent Jewish population. Yet it also reinforces the popular yet ambivalent Polish stereotype of the Jew as tavern-keeper with his

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Kylie Message, Eleanor Foster, Joanna Cobley, Shih Chang, John Reeve, Grace Gassin, Nadia Gush, Esther McNaughton, Ira Jacknis, and Siobhan Campbell

). While attention to internal and structural inequities is vital, museum programs and activities can model critical-thinking approaches that can challenge stereotypes and question perceptions of ideological certainty (as seen in Bergevin). These actions