Museums everywhere now display fragments of their own past displays, often in the form of ancestral cabinets presented as autobiographical introductions. What is the meaning of this introspective and retrospective “return to curiosity” in museography? Reconnoitering a fistful of iconic museums in and around London and Madrid, I suggest that the all-encompassing metatrope of curiosity begs a deeper question: What is the museum a museum of?
Curating between Medicine, Life and Art
This article considers a curiosity-driven approach to curating focused on material culture that visitors encounter in physical spaces. Drawing on research into historical curiosity cabinets, it explores how a contemporary notion of curiosity has been put into practice in the new breed of culturally enlightened museums exploring interdisciplinary approaches to medicine, health, life, and art. Based on an inaugural professorial address at Copenhagen University, it reflects on exhibition projects there and at the Wellcome Collection in London. Museums are institutional machines that generate social understanding from material things. Their physical spaces influence how we learn, think, and feel in public; their material collections feed our comprehension, imagination, and emotions; and induce attentive behavior in curators and visitors.
Curating Social Diversity after Ethnic Cleansing
Erica Lehrer and Monika Murzyn-Kupisz
Looking beyond Poland’s internationally lauded new Jewish museums, this article asks how Jews are represented in longer-standing folk and ethnographic museums whose mandates have been to represent the historical culture of the Polish nation. How have such museums navigated growing internal pressures to incorporate Jews and reconsider the boundaries of “Polishness” alongside external pressures to rethink the function and approach of ethnographic museology? Based on three museums that have taken three different approaches to Jewishness—what we call cabinet of Jewish curiosities, two solitudes, and ambivalent externalization—we assess the roles played by inherited discourses and structures as well as human agents within and beyond the museum. We illuminate how social debate about the character of the nation (and Jews’ place in it) plays out in museums at a moment in their transition from nineteenth- to twenty-first-century paradigms and how a distinctively Polish path toward a “new museology” is emerging in conversation with and resistance to its Western counterparts.
was the New Left–dominated Labor Party that came to power in 1973 to form the Joop den Uyl cabinet. This government was far more democratic and radical in orientation than its predecessors, particularly in forming connections between its leadership at
Nonrecording states between legibility and looking away
Barak Kalir and Willem van Schendel
state’s recording cabinet. Third, discretionary power is crucial at every level in determining the shape, form, and content of what is (or is not) recorded. Tensions crop up between the recording practices of various state agents, leading to intrastate
The Northward Course of Empire, The Adventure of Wrangel Island, 1922–1925, and “Universal Revolution”
Canadian Cabinet “that the question was really an Imperial one and should be settled by London.” He agreed to present the Canadian case in London provided that he would be guaranteed a prompt hearing and sailed from Quebec on the Empress of Scotland on
Populist and Peasant Conceptions of Entitlement in Rural Nicaragua
Sandinista National Liberation Front (Frente Sandinista de Liberacion Nacional), also frequently referred to as the Sandinistas. 2 These institutions were abolished and replaced in many of their functions by the Cabinets of Family, Health, and Life (Gabinetes
‘Exception’, Neo-liberalism, and Two Voices in the Left
Parliament (MP) for SYRIZA. Two years later, in mid- to late 2015, Douzinas was elected a SYRIZA MP, while Tsakalotos was present in all SYRIZA cabinets and has been the country’s finance minister since the summer of 2015. Laskos quit the party after it
Navayana Buddhism and Dalit emancipation in late 1990s Uttar Pradesh
cabinet to protest against its lack of commitment to social reforms, Ambedkar, leader of the “untouchables,” or Dalits, started what I refer to as the Navayana movement by converting himself and several hundred thousand of his followers to Buddhism. 1 The
Translator : Jenanne K. Ferguson
Munko Buyantuev (born in 1939), Altsak village, Dzhidinski District, Republic of Buryatia. Source : 2007 expedition (photo by the author). (a special cabinet for religious objects), in the highest objective position. The book is wrapped either in