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Analyzing Museum Collections in Scandinavia

New Insights in Revised Modernity and Its Implications on Archaeological Material

Niklas Ytterberg

. One part comprises the universities, which are predominantly theoretical. Another part consists of the museums, which mainly manage the collections but also do some research, although to varying extents. Somewhere in between we find the excavating

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Athar Haj Yahya

concept of multiculturalism requires mutual respect and acceptance. Moreover, there is no political or ideological consensus in Israel regarding the country's multicultural character ( Kimmerling 1998 ). Multiculturalism and Museums Ruth Kark and

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Simon Knell

This article is a re-edited version of the opening prelude to the author’s The Museum’s Borders: On the Challenge of Knowing and Remembering Well (Routledge, 2021). Based on reportage concerning the Windrush scandal, this article makes the case for the museum to be understood as an autonomous institution critical to knowledge-based democracies. The scandal, exposed in 2018, was the result of the British Government’s “hostile environment,” a brutal approach to immigration that ensnared historic migrants to Britain from the Caribbean. Resulting in state violence against Black British citizens, it revealed the degree to which Britain remained mired in institutional racism. Museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions played a critical role in recovering and asserting the history and legitimacy of these people.

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Missionaries and Colonialism in a Postcolonial Museum

Or, How a Finnish Peasant Can Become an African Folk Hero

Ian Fairweather

This article sets out to locate a particular postcolonial museum in its historical context, concentrating on local responses to change. It focuses on the specific historical interaction between villagers in northern Namibia and Finnish missionaries, and demonstrates that the dynamics of this interaction have led the villagers to remember the past in terms of a cleavage between pagans and Christians that is played out in the regular performances that take place for foreign visitors at the Nakambale museum. I argue that the performance of ‘tradition’ allows local people to transform the narrative presented in the physical layout of the museum into one that both emphasizes their own historical agency and demonstrates their contemporary Christian identities. The traditional/modern dichotomy implied by the museum’s narrative of the civilizing influence, brought by Christianity, provides them with an opportunity to do just that.

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Destination Museum

A Conversation with Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

Conal McCarthy

What was the first museum you remember visiting? I was born in September 1942 during the war. My parents came from Poland. Three weeks after I was born, 6,500 Jews from my father's hometown, Opatów (Apt, in Yiddish), 65% of the population

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Curating Conflict

Four Exhibitions on Jerusalem

Sa'ed Atshan and Katharina Galor

military occupation that constantly threatens their stability and permanence in the space. In this study, we examine four Jerusalem-focused museum exhibits from around the world to demonstrate how curators have shaped competing heritage narratives. These

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Tlingit Repatriation in Museums

Ceremonies of Sovereignty

Aldona Jonaitis

In 1997, Mark Jacobs Jr., the leader of the Tlingit Angoon Dakl’aweidí clan, stood in a hall at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DNMS), proudly wearing the Killer Whale Clan Hat, which was being repatriated to his clan. 1 In proper Tlingit

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Unpacking the Museum Register

Institutional Memories of the Potlatch Collection Repatriation

Emma Knight

, rattles, whistles, and coppers, were confiscated from the Cape Mudge Weḵa’yi, Village Island Mamalilikulla, and Alert Bay ’Na̱mǥis. 1 The collection was intended for the Victoria Memorial Museum—now the Canadian Museum of History (CMH)—in Ottawa; however

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Museums in the Pandemic

A Survey of Responses on the Current Crisis

Joanna Cobley, David Gaimster, Stephanie So, Ken Gorbey, Ken Arnold, Dominique Poulot, Bruno Brulon Soares, Nuala Morse, Laura Osorio Sunnucks, María de las Mercedes Martínez Milantchí, Alberto Serrano, Erica Lehrer, Shelley Ruth Butler, Nicky Levell, Anthony Shelton, Da (Linda) Kong, and Mingyuan Jiang

's well-being was mindboggling. Around the globe museums, galleries, and popular world heritage sites closed ( Associated Press 2020 ). The Smithsonian Magazine reported that all 19 institutes, including the National Zoo and the National Museum of the

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Memory Makers of the Great Patriotic War

Curator Agency and Visitor Participation in Soviet War Museums during Stalinism

Anne E. Hasselmann

In December 1946, a year and a half after the Red Army's victory over the Wehrmacht, the young museum guide Mariia Nazarova led a group of teenagers through the halls of the Red Army Museum in Moscow ( Figure 1 ). 1 A group of about twenty