Museum Worlds

Advances in Research

Sandra Dudley, University of Leicester
Conal McCarthy, 
Victoria University of Wellington

Subjects: Anthropology, Museum Studies

Museum Worlds is a part of the Berghahn Open Anthro subscribe-to-open initiative, a pilot aiming to convert 13 Anthropology journals to full Open Access on an on-going and sustainable basis.

Museum Worlds 7 (2019)



Conal McCarthy


Research Articles

A “Safe Space” to Debate Colonial Legacy? The University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Campaign to Return a Looted Benin Altarpiece to Nigeria

Johanna Zetterstrom-Sharp and Chris Wingfield


The Obduracy of Collections: An Anthropological Approach to the Rosenlew Museum in Pori, Finland

Francisco Martínez


Collecting Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Twentieth-Century Great Britain and North America

Toby Burrows


“What Beauty in Oriental Art Means”: Displaying Asian Art in New Zealand in the 1930s

James Beattie and Louise Stevenson


Special Section

Destination Museum: A Conversation with Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

Conal McCarthy


Making Space for Jewish Culture in Polish Folk and Ethnographic Museums: Imagining Social Diversity after Ethnic Cleansing

Erica Lehrer and Monika Murzyn-Kupisz


Anthropology, Art, and Folklore: Competing Visions of Museum Collecting in Early Twentieth-Century America

Ira Jacknis


Field Notes and Reading Notes: Studying with Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett in the 1990s

Nélia Dias


Research in other forms: Reports, articles, conversations etc.

Interpreting a Tatanua Mask

Bruno Haas and Philipp Schorch, with an afterword by Michael Mel


History between Red Brackets: The Cold War in History Museums around the Baltic Sea

Johan Hegardt 


Aftermath of Cultural Heritage Disasters

While Rome burned… An Introduction

Sheila K. Hoffman


Rise and Fall of the National Museum? Reflections for Museums of Tomorrow

Bruno Brulon-Soares


The Flames of Notre-Dame and the Ravaged Landscape of French Heritage Management

Dominique Poulot


Canterbury quakes produce powerful lessons about cultural resilience

Joanna Cobley



ICOM Triennial Conference Kyoto September 2019

Sheila Hoffman


Interaction, Integration, and Flow: Researching the Museum in the Global Contemporary, Shaanxi Normal University, Xian

Conal McCarthy


‘Amui ‘i Mu’a: Ancient Futures Conference, Oct. 7–12, Tanoa International Dateline Hotel, Tonga

Billie Lythberg


Borders and Interruptions: Museums in the Age of Global Mobility

Gwyneira Isaac, Diana Marsh, Laura Osorio Sunnucks, and Anthony Shelton



Museums and the Dilemma of Engaging with the Activist Spectrum

Kylie Message and Eleanor Foster


New Conversations about Safeguarding the Future: A Review of Four Books

Joanna Cobley


The Filipino Primitive: Accumulation and Resistance in the American Museum by Sarita Echavez See

Shih Chang


The Art of Being a World Culture Museum: Futures and Lifeways of Ethnographic Museums in Contemporary Europe edited by Barbara Plankensteiner

John Reeve


China in Australasia: Cultural Diplomacy and Chinese Arts since the Cold War edited by James Beattie, Richard Bullen, and Maria Galikowski

Grace Gassin


Women and Museums, 1850–1914: Modernity and the Gendering of Knowledge by Kate Hill

Nadia Gush


Rethinking Research in the Art Museum by Emily Pringle

Esther McNaughton


A Natural History of Beer by Rob DeSalle and Ian Tattersall

Ira Jacknis


Fabricating Power with Balinese Textiles: An Anthropological Evaluation of Balinese Textiles in the Mead-Bateson Collection by Urmila Mohan

Siobhan Campbell



The Colmar Treasure: A Medieval Jewish Legacy

Blaire M. Moskowitz


Exhibition without Boundaries: teamLab Borderless and the Digital Evolution of Gallery Space

Emily Stokes-Rees


Shanghai Museum of Glass, Shanghai; Suzhou Museum, Suzhou; and PMQ, Hong Kong

Moira Sun


The Story Box: Franz Boas, George Hunt, and the Making of Anthropology

Jordan Wilson


Reviewing Oceania

Curating Oceania at the Royal Academy of Arts and the Musée du Quai Branley

Nicholas Thomas


An Internal Response to Oceania from the Royal Academy of Arts

Adrian Locke


“Exhibiting Oceania”: Conversing with the Curators (or Truth-Telling in Real Time)

Noelle M. K. Y. Kahanu


Océanie in Paris

Simon Jean


The Oceania Catalogue


Volume 8 / 2020, 1 issue per volume (summer)

Aims & Scope

Museum Worlds: Advances in Research is a multidisciplinary, refereed, annual journal that publishes work that significantly advances knowledge of global trends, case studies, and theory relevant to museum practice and scholarship around the world.

Responding to the need for a rigorous, in-depth review of current work in its field, Museum Worlds: Advances in Research contributes to the ongoing formation of Museum Studies as an academic and practical area of research that is rapidly expanding and alive with potential, opportunity, and challenge that parallels the rapid growth of museums in just about every part of the world.

Museum Worlds aims to trace and comment on major regional, theoretical, methodological, and topical themes and debates, and to encourage comparison of museum theories, practices, and developments in different global settings. Each issue includes a conversation piece on a current topic, as well as peer-reviewed scholarly articles and review articles, book and exhibition reviews, and news on developments in museum studies and related curricula in different parts of the world. Drawing on the expertise and networks of a global Editorial Board of senior scholars and museum practitioners, the journal both challenges and develops the core concepts that link different disciplinary perspectives on museums by bringing new voices into ongoing debates and discussions. Articles are of exceptional quality and general interest from around the world.


Museum Worlds: Advances in Research is indexed/abstracted in:

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  • Scopus (Elsevier)

Visit the Museum Worlds Companion Site: In an era of increased globalization and digitization, the site aims to complement the journal by bringing current museum themes, practices, and developments to the forefront of global discussions in the field of Museum Studies.

Sandra Dudley, University of Leicester
Conal McCarthy, Victoria University of Wellington

Reviews Editors
Joanna Cobley, University of Canterbury, Christchurch
Sheila Hoffman, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Linda Kong, Fudan University, Shanghai 
Masaaki Morishita, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Senior Advisory Editors
Jack Lohman, Royal British Columbia Museum
Howard Morphy, Australian National University

Editorial Board
Joshua A. Bell, Smithsonian Institution
Mary Bouquet, University College Utrecht
Chip Colwell, Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Ciraj Rassool, University of the Western Cape
Alice Semedo, University of Porto
Lynne Teather, ICTOP and University of Toronto

Editorial Advisory Board
David Anderson, National Museum of Wales
Mieke Bal, University of Amsterdam
Lissant Bolton, British Museum
Alison Brown, University of Aberdeen
Beverley Butler, University College, London
Shelley Ruth Butler, McGill University
Chia-Li Chen, Taipei National University of the Arts
Constance Classen, Concordia University
Peter Davis, University of Newcastle
Eric Dorfman, University of Newcastle
Elizabeth Edwards, De Montfort University
Chris Dorsett, Northumbria University
Maria Economou, University of Glasgow
Haidy Geismar, University College London
Viviane Gosselin, Museum of Vancouver
Laurence Gourievidis, Blaise Pascal University
‎Clare Harris, Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford
J.D. Hill, British Museum
Gwyneira Isaac, Smithsonian Institution
‎Aldona Jonaitis, Fairbanks Museum, University of Alaska
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, New York University
Simon Knell, University of Leicester
Ying-Ying Lai, National Taiwan University of Arts
Nigel Llewellyn, Tate Gallery 
Maria Lucia N. M. Loureiro, Museu de Astronomia e Cências Afins, Rio de Janeiro
Saloni Mathur, University of California Los Angeles
Heather Mayfield, Science Museum London 
Jenny Newell, American Museum of Natural History
Laura Peers, Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford
Ruth Phillips, Carleton University 
Philipp Schorch, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Gyan Prakesh, Princeton University
Anthony Shelton, Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia
Raymond Silverman, University of Michigan
Frederik Svanberg, Historiska Museet, Stockholm
Paul Tapsell, University of Otago
Nicholas Thomas, Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Vivian Ting, Hong Kong Baptist University
Kirsten Wehner, National Museum of Australia‎ 

Manuscript Submission

Please review the submission and style guide carefully before submitting.

Please submit articles, reviews, and other contributions as Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format (rtf) files by e-mail to Sandra Dudley at

Research articles and articles that critically review and position the state of a particular subfield should be approximately 7,000 words (including notes and references), although longer articles may be considered, and responses approximately 1,000 words.

  • Conversations: 4,000 to 6,000 words
  • Review articles (books or exhibitions): 3,000 words
  • Short reviews (books or exhibitions): 800 words
  • News, exhibitions, and conferences: up to 500 words per item
  • Teaching in Museum Studies: 3,000 to 5,000 words in total for section (shorter items welcome)

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Authors published in Museum Worlds: Advances in Research (ARMW) certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book and exhibition reviews, and some types of commentary, have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While the publishers and the editorial board make every effort to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions, or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that research published in this journal has been conducted with integrity and according to relevant codes of ethics, and has, where required, received approval from relevant ethics committees. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete ARMW ethics statement.

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