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.

Latest Issue Table of Contents

Volume 7 (2019): Issue 1 (Jul 2019)

Museum Worlds 8, 2020

Conal McCarthy

Research Articles

Special Section: Voices out of the Dark? Contemporary Museum-Like Practices and Culturalized Politics
Guest Editors Paula Mota Santos and Hugo DeBlock

Paula Mota Santos and Hugo DeBlock 

Cannabis Culture on Display: Deviant Heritage Comes Out of the Shadows
Rachel F. Giraudo

Plantation Memories, Labor Identities, and the Celebration of Heritage: The Case of Hawaiʻi’s Plantation Village
Cristiana Bastos

Bringing Slavery into the Light in Postcolonial Portugal: The rhetoric and poetics of a slavery exhibition
Paula Mota Santos

The Politics of Indigeneity and Heritage: Indonesian Mortuary Materials and Museums  
Kathleen M. Adams

Objects as Archives of a Disrupted Past: The Lengnangulong Sacred Stone from Vanuatu in France, Revisited
Hugo DeBlock

Afterword: The Work of Culture, Heritage, and Musealized Spaces in “Unprecedented Times”
Christina Kreps

Research in Other Forms: Conversations, Articles, Reports, and Reviews

Introduction: Building Cultural Resilience: We Are in This Together, and It Is Not over Yet
Joanna Cobley

Museums in the Pandemic: A Survey of Responses on the Current Crisis
Joanna Cobley with David Gaimster, Stephanie So, Ken Gorbey, Ken Arnold, Dominique Poulot, Bruno Brulon Soares, Nuala Morse, Laura Osorio Sunnucks and María de las Mercedes Martínez Milantchí, Alberto Serrano, Erica Lehrer and Shelley Ruth Butler, Nicky Levell, Antony Shelton, and Da Kong and Mingyuan Jiang. 

Art Gallery Education in New Zealand during COVID-19: The Emergence of a Community of Practice
Esther Helen McNaughton

The Misrepresentation of Hong Kongness: The Revamped Hong Kong Museum of Art
Vennes Cheng

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

The Repatriation of Hinemihi: Returning a Māori Meeting House?
Michael Upchurch

From Decolonization to Indigenization: Report on the Panel on Ethnographic Museums and Indigenous People, ICOM Kyoto, September 2019
Michèle Rivet

Book Reviews

Joan H. Baldwin and Anne W. Ackerson. Women in the Museum: Lessons from the Workplace. New York: Routledge, 2017.
Greagh Smith

Christina Kreps. Museums and Anthropology in the Age of Engagement. London: Routledge, 2020.
Conal McCarthy

Ken Gorbey. Te Papa to Berlin: The Making of Two Museums. Dunedin: Otago University Press, 2020.
Bronwyn Labrum

Inge Daniels. What Are Exhibitions For? An Anthropological Approach. London: Bloomsbury, 2019.
Ken Arnold

Dario Gamboni. The Museum as Experience: An Email Odyssey through Artists’ and Collectors’ Museums. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols.
Dominique Poulot

Yulia Karpova. Comradely Objects: Design and Material Culture in Soviet Russia, 1960s–80s. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020.
Jill Haley

Gail Dexter Lord, Guan Qiang, An Laishun, and Javier Jimenez, eds. Museum Development in China: Understanding the Building Boom. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Jun Wei

Philipp Schorch, with Noelle M. K. Y. Kahanu, Sean Mallon, Cristián Moreno Pakarati, Mara Mulrooney, Nina Tonga and Ty P. Kāwika Tengan. Refocusing Ethnographic Museums through Oceanic Lenses. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2020.
Safua Akeli Amaama

Review Essay
Paulette Wallace

Paul Ashton and Alex Trapeznik, eds. What Is Public History Globally? Working with the Past in the Present. London: Bloomsbury, 2019.

Kylie Message. The Disobedient Museum: Writing at the Edge. Museums in Focus series. London: Routledge, 2017.

Susan L. T. Ashley. A Museum in Public: Revisioning Canada’s Royal Ontario Museum. Museums in Focus series. London: Routledge, 2019.

Adrian Franklin. Anti-Museum. Museums in Focus series. London: Routledge, 2019.

Kylie Message. Collecting Activisim: Archiving Occupy Wall Street. Museums in Focus series. London: Routledge, 2019.

Exhibition Reviews

Hogarth: Place and Progress, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, 9 October 2019 – 5 January 2020
Sara Selwood

Place, Nations, Generations, Beings: 200 Years of Indigenous North American Art, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, 1 November 2019 – 4 October 2020
Lillia McEnaney

Review Essay

Online Exhibitions during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Sheila K. Hoffman

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.


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Sandra Dudley, University of Leicester, UK
Conal McCarthy, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

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

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

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

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