Faculty of Arts


Exhibiting Cultures: International


This course offers an introduction to the history, theory and current debates in relation to Museums and Cultural Heritage. It will examine the origins of museums, their changing role and responsibilities before focusing on museums in the twenty-first century: new kinds of heritage (intangible and digital); management and conservation of collections today; exhibitions and interpretation; ethics and challenging exhibitions; and public programming. Case studies will be drawn from international practice.

Availability 2019

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Ngārino Ellis

Recommended Reading

Karp, Ivan, Exhibiting Cultures. The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display. Washington DC: Smithsonian Institute, 2012.

International Handbook of Museum Studies. Four volumes. Chichester, West Sussex, England: John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2015.

MacDonald, Sharon, ed., A Companion to Museum Studies. Malden, M.A.: Blackwell Publishing, 2006.

Marstine, Janet, Introduction to New Museum Theory and Practice: An Introduction. Chichester, West Sussex, England: John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2006.


MUSEUMS 700: 15.0 points


ARTHIST 715, 721. 736, MUSEUMS 701, 703, 704

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