Faculty of Arts


Exhibiting Cultures


This is an interdisiciplinary course which will investigate the presentation of cultures in museums and art galleries and other sites globally, the strategies of public exhibitions and the role of curators and institutions in identity formation and nationalism.

Students will examine current issues within the Museums and Cultural Heritage sector including collections, exhibition/display and public programmes, with a special interest in Māori and indigenous peoples. Students will gain a global overview of the field, examine relationships between stakeholders, develop an understanding of perspectives in museums and cultural heritage management, as well as an appreciation of audience diversity and digital technologies. Case studies will be drawn from international practice as well as regional examples from NZ, Australia and the Pacific.

To complete this course students must enrol in MUSEUMS 704 A and B, or MUSEUMS 704.

Availability 2019

Semester 1 and 2 (full year)


Lecturer(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.


Coursework only


MUSEUMS 704A: 15.0 points

MUSEUMS 704B: 15.0 points


ARTHIST 715, 721, 736, MUSEUMS 700, 701, 703, 705

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