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Critical Museology

A Manifesto

Anthony Shelton

Synthesizing work carried out by the author over the past twenty-five years, this article proposes a tentative disciplinary definition of critical museology, distinguishing its related methodological interdictions and describing its distinctiveness from what is here defined as operational museology. The article acknowledges the diverse intellectual sources that have informed the subject and calls for a reorientation and separation of critical museology from the operational museologies that form part of its area of study. Critical museology, it is argued, is not only an essential intellectual tool for better understanding museums, related exhibitionary institutions, fields of patrimony and counter patrimonies, and the global and local flows and conditions in which they are embedded, but is also crucial for developing new exhibitionary genres, telling untold stories, rearticulating knowledge systems for public dissemination, reimagining organizational and management structures, and repurposing museums and galleries in line with multicultural and intercultural states and communities.

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Sandra H. Dudley and Kylie Message

Museum Worlds: Advances in Research represents trends in museum-related research and practice. It builds a profile of various approaches to the expanding discipline of museum studies and to work in the growing number of museums throughout the world. It traces major regional, theoretical, methodological, and topical themes and debates, and encourages comparison of museum theories, practices, and developments in different global settings.

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Sandra H. Dudley and Conal McCarthy

significance in leading edge museum theory and practice or the sole area in which we are interested. Our 2018 volume will once again be an open issue. This, 2017, volume, however, continues our progression of debates around objects, collections and cultural

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Engaging Anthropological Legacies toward Cosmo-optimistic Futures?

Sharon Macdonald, Henrietta Lidchi, and Margareta von Oswald

Collections .” In Museum Theory , ed. Andrea Witcomb and Kylie Message , 365 – 388 . New York : Wiley-Blackwell . Onciul , Bryony . 2015 . Museums, Heritage and Indigenous Voice: Decolonising Engagement . London : Routledge . 10

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Cannabis Culture on Display

Deviant Heritage Comes Out of the Shadows

Rachel F. Giraudo

Museum Theory , ed. Andrea Witcomb and Kylie Message , 3 – 20 . Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell . Campos , Isaac . 2012 . Home Grown: Marijuana and the Origins of Mexico's War on Drugs . Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press

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Julie Gough, Jonathan Jones, Kelli Cole, Shari Lett, Glenn Iseger-Pilkington, Billie Lythberg, Jennifer Walklate, Jeanine Nault, Jake Homiak, Joshua A. Bell, and Natasha Barrett

two forms—those dealing directly with the question of the contemporary in relation to museum theory, and those presenting exemplars of present practice. The conference began with Simon Knell outlining his aims. In designing the CFP, he had been

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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

, instead of forward and outward, to newer and more diverse sources of museum theory and critique, the MEK forgoes the opportunity, perhaps the responsibility, to take “a sharper look at itself” and the more transformative potential that such self

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Interruptions: Challenges and Innovations in Exhibition-Making

The Second World Museologies Workshop, National Museum of Ethnology (MINPAKU), Osaka, December 2019

Laura Osorio Sunnucks, Nicola Levell, Anthony Shelton, Motoi Suzuki, Gwyneira Isaac, and Diana E. Marsh

Handbook of Museum Studies: Museum Theory , ed. Andrea Witcomb and Kylie Message , 183 – 210 . Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell . 10.1002/9781118829059.wbihms110 Gonseth , Marc-Olivier , Jacques Hainard , and Roland Kaehr , eds. 2005

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Bringing Slavery into the Light in Postcolonial Portugal

The rhetoric and poetics of a slavery exhibition

Paula Mota Santos

Império Português [The end of the Portuguese empire]. Lisbon : Horizonte . Peralta , Elsa . 2015 . “ The Presence of the Past: Imagination and Affect in the Museu do Oriente, Portugal .” In Museum Theory: An Expanded Field Part 2: Disciplines and