Cosmopolitan Ambassadors: International exhibitions, cultural diplomacy and the polycentral museum

Author: Lee Davidson

Publisher: Vernon Press

ISBN: 9781622731749

Category: Art

Page: 264

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How are museums working internationally through exhibitions? What motivates this work? What are the benefits and challenges? What factors contribute to success? What impact does this work have for audiences and other stakeholders? What contributions are they making to cultural diplomacy, intercultural dialogue and understanding? Cosmopolitan Ambassadors first considers the current state of knowledge about international exhibitions and proposes an interdisciplinary analytical framework encompassing museum studies, visitor studies, cultural diplomacy and international cultural relations, cosmopolitanism and intercultural studies. It then presents a comprehensive empirical analysis of an exhibition exchange involving two exhibitions that crossed five countries and three continents, connecting six high profile cultural institutions and spanning almost a decade from initial conception to completion. A detailed comparison of both the intercultural production of international exhibitions by museum partnerships and by the interpretive acts and meaning-making of visitors, reveals the many complexities, challenges, tensions and rewards of international exhibitions and their intersection with cultural diplomacy. Key themes include the realities of international collaboration, its purposes, processes and challenges; the politics of cultural (self-)representation and Indigenous museology; implications for exhibition design, interpretation, and marketing; intercultural competency and museum practice; audience reception and meaning-making; cultural diplomacy in practice and perceptions of its value. This first-ever empirically-grounded, theoretical analysis provides the basis of a new model of museums as polycentral: as places that might produce a kaleidoscopic vision of multiple centres and help to dissolve cultural boundaries by encouraging dialogue, negotiation and the search for intercultural understandings. Guidelines for practice include recommendations for successful international museum partnerships, exhibition development and maximizing the potential of museum diplomacy.
Cosmopolitan Ambassadors: International exhibitions, cultural diplomacy and the polycentral museum

Author: Lee Davidson

Publisher: Vernon Press

ISBN: 9781622735563

Category: Political Science

Page: 264

View: 728

How are museums working internationally through exhibitions? What motivates this work? What are the benefits and challenges? What factors contribute to success? What impact does this work have for audiences and other stakeholders? What contributions are they making to cultural diplomacy, intercultural dialogue and understanding? Cosmopolitan Ambassadors first considers the current state of knowledge about international exhibitions and proposes an interdisciplinary analytical framework encompassing museum studies, visitor studies, cultural diplomacy and international cultural relations, cosmopolitanism and intercultural studies. It then presents a comprehensive empirical analysis of an exhibition exchange involving two exhibitions that crossed five countries and three continents, connecting six high profile cultural institutions and spanning almost a decade from initial conception to completion. A detailed comparison of both the intercultural production of international exhibitions by museum partnerships and by the interpretive acts and meaning-making of visitors, reveals the many complexities, challenges, tensions and rewards of international exhibitions and their intersection with cultural diplomacy. Key themes include the realities of international collaboration, its purposes, processes and challenges; the politics of cultural (self-)representation and Indigenous museology; implications for exhibition design, interpretation, and marketing; intercultural competency and museum practice; audience reception and meaning-making; cultural diplomacy in practice and perceptions of its value. This first-ever empirically-grounded, theoretical analysis provides the basis of a new model of museums as polycentral: as places that might produce a kaleidoscopic vision of multiple centres and help to dissolve cultural boundaries by encouraging dialogue, negotiation and the search for intercultural understandings. Guidelines for practice include recommendations for successful international museum partnerships, exhibition development and maximizing the potential of museum diplomacy.
Museums, International Exhibitions and China's Cultural Diplomacy

Author: Da Kong

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000374698

Category: Art

Page: 202

View: 910

Museums, International Exhibitions and China’s Cultural Diplomacy examines the role museums and, more specifically, international exhibitions, have played in shaping China’s international image to date. Drawing on theories and methods from museum studies and international relations, the book evaluates the contribution international exhibitions make to China’s cultural diplomacy strategy. Considering their impact on the country’s international image, Kong also probes the mechanisms and processes involved, examining in detail the policy of, and international activities promoted by, the Chinese government. The book also analyses the motives of the Chinese and overseas museums that host these exhibitions. Taking some major exhibitions that were on show in the UK during the 21st century as a representative case study, the book reveals the mechanisms by which these exhibitions were developed and shared overseas. Questioning who really shapes the image of China, Kong challenges Western assumptions and looks ahead to consider whether, moving forward, the Chinese government and museums could work together in a mutually beneficial way. Museums, International Exhibitions and China’s Cultural Diplomacy contributes to the growing literature on museums and diplomacy. As such, it will be of interest to academics and students engaged in the study of museums and heritage, international relations, culture, politics, China and wider Asia.
Museums of the Arabian Peninsula

Author: Sarina Wakefield

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429624773

Category: Art

Page: 244

View: 156

Museums of the Arabian Peninsula offers new insights into the history and development of museums within the region. Recognising and engaging with varied approaches to museum development and practice, the book offers in-depth critical analyses from a range of viewpoints and disciplines. Drawing on regional and international scholarship, the book provides a critical and detailed analysis of museum and heritage institutions in Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Yemen. Questioning and engaging with issues related to the institutionalisation of cultural heritage, contributors provide original analyses of current practice and challenges within the region. Considering how these challenges connect to broader issues within the international context, the book offers the opportunity to examine how museums are actively produced and consumed from both the inside and the outside. This critical analysis also enables debates to emerge that question the appropriateness of existing models and methods and provide suggestions for future research and practice. Museums of the Arabian Peninsula offers fresh perspectives that reveal how Gulf museums operate from local, regional and transnational perspectives. The volume will be a key reference point for academics and students working in the fields of museum and heritage studies, anthropology, cultural studies, history, politics and Gulf and Middle East Studies.
Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Heritage

Author: Kalliopi Fouseki

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000594850

Category: Science

Page: 576

View: 926

This handbook presents cutting-edge and global insights on sustainable heritage, engaging with ideas such as data science in heritage, climate change and environmental challenges, indigenous heritage, contested heritage and resilience. It does so across a diverse range of global heritage sites. Organized into six themed parts, the handbook offers cross-disciplinary perspectives on the latest theory, research and practice. Thirty-five chapters offer insights from leading scholars and practitioners in the field as well as early career researchers. This book fills a lacuna in the literature by offering scientific approaches to sustainable heritage, as well as multicultural perspectives by exploring sustainable heritage in a range of different geographical contexts and scales. The themes covered revolve around heritage values and heritage risk; participatory approaches to heritage; dissonant heritage; socio-environmental challenges to heritage; sustainable heritage-led transformation and new cross-disciplinary methods for heritage research. This book will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars in heritage studies, archaeology, museum studies, cultural studies, architecture, landscape, urban design, planning, geography and tourism.
Museum Diplomacy in the Digital Age

Author: Natalia Grincheva

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351250986

Category: Art

Page: 158

View: 882

Museum Diplomacy in the Digital Age explores online museums as sites of contemporary cultural diplomacy. Building on scholarship that highlights how museums can constitute and regulate citizens, construct national communities, and project messages across borders, the book explores the political powers of museums in their online spaces. Demonstrating that digital media allow museums to reach far beyond their physical locations, Grincheva investigates whether online audiences are given the tools to co-curate museums and their collections to establish new pathways for international cultural relations, exchange and, potentially, diplomacy. Evaluating the online capacities of museums to exert cultural impacts, the book illuminates how online museum narratives shape audience perceptions and redefine their cultural attitudes and identities. Museum Diplomacy in the Digital Age will be of interest to academics and students teaching or taking courses on museums and heritage, communication and media, cultural studies, cultural diplomacy, international relations and digital humanities. It will also be useful to practitioners around the world who want to learn more about the effect digital museum experiences have on international audiences.
Russia’s Cultural Statecraft

Author: Tuomas Forsberg

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000469240

Category: Political Science

Page: 262

View: 614

This book focusses on Russia’s cultural statecraft in dealing with a number of institutional cultural domains such as education, museums and monuments, high arts and sport. It analyses to what extent Russia’s cultural activities abroad have been used for foreign policy purposes, and perceived as having a political dimension. Building on the concept of cultural statecraft, the authors present a broad and nuanced view of how Russia sees the role of culture in its external relations, how this shapes the image of Russia, and the ways in which this cultural statecraft is received by foreign audiences. The expert team of contributors consider: what choices are made in fostering this agenda; how Russian state authorities see the purpose and limits of various cultural instruments; to what extent can the authorities shape these instruments; what domains have received more attention and become more politicised and what fields have remained more autonomous. The methodological research design of the book as a whole is a comparative case study comparing the nature of Russian cultural statecraft across time, target countries and diverse cultural domains. It will be of interest to scholars and students of Russian foreign policy and external relations and those working on the role of culture in world politics.
Embajadoras cosmopolitas. Exposiciones internacionales, diplomacia cultural y el museo policentral

Author: Lee Davidson

Publisher: Vernon Press

ISBN: 9781622739608

Category: Art

Page: 286

View: 955

¿Cómo trabajan los museos internacionalmente a través de las exposiciones? ¿Qué motiva este trabajo? ¿Cuáles son los beneficios y retos? ¿Qué factores contribuyen al éxito? ¿Qué impacto tiene este trabajo en los públicos y otros agentes interesados? ¿Qué aportaciones están haciendo a la diplomacia cultural, al entendimiento y al diálogo intercultural? El libro Embajadoras cosmopolitas considera el estado del conocimiento actual sobre las exposiciones internacionales y propone un marco analítico interdisciplinario que incluye a los estudios de museos, de públicos, la diplomacia cultural, así como los estudios interculturales y sobre cosmopolitismo. A partir de este marco analítico, presenta un estudio empírico a detalle acerca de un intercambio expositivo con duración de casi una década, desde su concepción inicial hasta su término, el cual incluyó la presentación de dos exposiciones en cinco países y tres continentes, conectando a seis instituciones culturales de alto perfil. La detallada comparación, tanto de la producción cultural de las exposiciones internacionales (a través de las colaboraciones) como de los actos interpretativos de creación de significados de los visitantes, revela las complejidades, retos, tensiones y recompensas de las exposiciones internacionales y su intersección con la diplomacia cultural. Los temas clave incluyen: la situación real de las colaboraciones internacionales, sus propósitos, procesos y retos; las políticas de la representación (y auto representación) cultural y de la museología indígena, las implicaciones para el diseño de las exposiciones, la interpretación y su mercadotecnia; las competencias interculturales y las prácticas en los museos, la recepción en los públicos y la creación de sentidos, la diplomacia cultural en la práctica y las percepciones sobre su valor. Este análisis teórico con base empírica, el primero en su tipo, provee las bases para un nuevo modelo de museos policéntricos: espacios con potencial para producir una visión caleidoscópica de centros múltiples y para ayudar a disolver los límites culturales, promoviendo el diálogo, la negociación y la búsqueda de la comprensión entre culturas. Embajadoras cosmopolitas también ofrece orientación para las tareas cotidianas en los museos, incluyendo recomendaciones para colaboraciones exitosas a nivel internacional, el desarrollo de exposiciones y la maximización del potencial de la diplomacia cultural.
Museums and Nationalism in Croatia, Hungary, and Turkey

Author: Lorenzo Posocco

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000520965

Category: Art

Page: 128

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Museums and Nationalism in Croatia, Hungary, and Turkey draws attention to museums as political productions of the nation-state and shows how they can be shaped by the political forces that rule a country. Drawing on case studies and interviews from Croatia, Hungary, and Turkey, the book investigates how the past has been exploited to serve the interests of nationalism in the twenty-first century, and how museums themselves are exploited to serve nationalist ideologies. Posocco argues that, in a world of nation-states where nationalism is the dominant ideology, all museums are national museums, even when they aren't. In this perspective, they can (and do, in the case studies under analysis in this book) become the cultural offshoots of political wars, places where the national past is contested, rewritten, and sometimes even created from scratch, and finally exhibited. Paying particular attention to the decision-making and economic aspects of the museum, the book also examines the micro-sociological and political aspects, which will be the foundation for further reflections on the macro dynamics of museum-making in other countries and contexts Museums and Nationalism in Croatia, Hungary, and Turkey provides rare and interesting insights into how museums materialise culture in the service of nationalism. The book will be of interest to those engaged in the study of museums, heritage, nationalism, memory and politics, as a result.