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On May 18th the worldwide community of museums celebrates International Museum Day. This day is an occasion to raise awareness on how important museums are in the enrichment of cultures, development of society, and cooperation and peace among people. For more information on the theme and calendar of events for this year’s observance, visit the International Council of Museums webpage.
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Berghahn Journals is offering FREE access to Museum Worlds until May 25. Use code MuseumDay19. View redemption details.

 

 


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Advances in ResearchMuseum Worlds 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.

We are offering FREE access to Museum Worlds until May 25. Use code MuseumDay19.View redemption details.


 

Please see a range of our latest titles and a key series on our Museum Studies list:

 

The Museum of Mankind: Man and Boy in the British Museum Ethnography DepartmentForthcoming in July 2019

THE MUSEUM OF MANKIND
Man and Boy in the British Museum Ethnography Department
Ben Burt

 

The Museum of Mankind was an innovative and popular showcase for minority cultures from around the non-Western world from 1970 to 1997, as the devolved Ethnography Department of the British Museum. This memoir of over forty years’ service with the Department is a critical appreciation of its achievements in the various roles of a national museum, of the personalities of its staff and of the issues raised in the representation of exotic cultures.

 

The Man Who Invented Aztec Crystal Skulls: The Adventures of Eugène BobanTHE MAN WHO INVENTED AZTEC CRYSTAL SKULLS
The Adventures of Eugène Boban
Jane MacLaren Walsh and Brett Topping

 

Detailed are the travels, self-education, and archaeological explorations of Eugène Boban, an expert in the field of pre-Columbian studies and explores the circumstances that allowed him to sell fakes to museums that would remain undetected for over a century.

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Playing with the Past: Exploring Values in Heritage PracticePLAYING WITH THE PAST
Exploring Values in Heritage Practice
Kate Clark

 

Heritage is all around us, not just in monuments and old buildings, but in places that matter, the countryside and in collections and stories. It touches all of us. How do we decide what to preserve? And how do we make the case for heritage when there are so many other priorities? Playing with the Past is designed to make the case for heritage. It is the first ever action-learning book about heritage.

 

From Storeroom to Stage: Romanian Attire and the Politics of FolkloreFROM STOREROOM TO STAGE
Romanian Attire and the Politics of Folklore
Alexandra Urdea

Volume 10, Material Mediations: People and Things in a World of Movement

 

Departing from an ethnographic collection in London, From Storeroom to Stage traces the journey of its artefacts back to the Romanian villages where they were made 70 years ago, and to other places where similar objects are still in use.

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Views of Violence: Representing the Second World War in German and European Museums and MemorialsVIEWS OF VIOLENCE
Representing the Second World War in German and European Museums and Memorials
Edited by Jörg Echternkamp and Stephan Jaeger

Volume 19, Spektrum

 

“This is a very impressive collection that brings together a series of strong, substantial case studies arranged into two thematic sections that – in their strength and consistent quality – constitute a significant contribution to the field.” Gabriel Moshenska, University College London

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Politics of Scale: New Directions in Critical Heritage StudiesPOLITICS OF SCALE
New Directions in Critical Heritage Studies
Edited by Tuuli Lähdesmäki, Suzie Thomas, and Yujie Zhu

NEW SERIES: Volume 1, Explorations in Heritage Studies

 

Politics of Scale offers a global, multi- and interdisciplinary point of view to the scaled nature of heritage, and provides a theoretical discussion on scale as a social construct and a method in Critical Heritage Studies.

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Museums and Collections Series

 

As houses of memory and sources of information about the world, museums function as a dynamic interface between past, present and future. Museum collections are increasingly being recognized as material archives of human creativity and as invaluable resources for interdisciplinary research. Museums provide powerful forums for the expression of ideas and are central to the production of public culture: they may inspire the imagination, generate heated emotions and express conflicting values in their material form and histories. This series explores the potential of museum collections to transform our knowledge of the world, and for exhibitions to influence the way in which we view and inhabit that world. It offers essential reading for those involved in all aspects of the museum sphere: curators, researchers, collectors, students and the visiting public.

 

Extinct Monsters to Deep Time: Conflict, Compromise, and the Making of Smithsonian's Fossil HallsVolume 11

EXTINCT MONSTERS TO DEEP TIME
Conflict, Compromise, and the Making of Smithsonian’s Fossil Halls
Diana E. Marsh
Foreword by Jennifer Shannon

 

Extinct Monsters to Deep Time is an ethnography that documents the growing friction between the research and outreach functions of the museum in the 21st century. Marsh describes participant observation and historical research at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History as it prepared for its largest-ever exhibit renovation, Deep Time.

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The Witness as Object: Video Testimony in Memorial MuseumsVolume 10, OPEN ACCESS

THE WITNESS AS OBJECT
Video Testimony in Memorial Museums
Steffi de Jong

 

In The Witness as Object, Steffi de Jong adds an important layer to [current] discussions by offering a comparative perspective on video testimonies as museum objects that are part of a broader, ideological narrative…Although the focus of her work is on memorial museums…” • Reading Religion

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Visitors to the House of Memory: Identity and Political Education at the Jewish Museum BerlinVolume 9

VISITORS TO THE HOUSE OF MEMORY
Identity and Political Education at the Jewish Museum Berlin
Victoria Bishop Kendzia

 

Visitors to the House of Memory is an intimate exploration of how young Berliners experience the Museum. How do modern students relate to the museum’s evocative architecture, its cultural-political context, and its narrative of Jewish history?

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Museum Websites and Social Media: Issues of Participation, Sustainability, Trust and DiversityVolume 8, New in Paperback

MUSEUM WEBSITES AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Issues of Participation, Sustainability, Trust and Diversity
Ana Luisa Sánchez Laws

 

“The history of museums’ use of digital technology and the web is fascinating to the historical researchers among us… Any public historian who works for an organization that is interested in digital history and dissemination of that history will find this volume important.”The Public Historian

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The Enemy on Display: The Second World War in Eastern European MuseumsVolume 7, In Paperback

THE ENEMY ON DISPLAY
The Second World War in Eastern European Museums
Zuzanna Bogumił, Joanna Wawrzyniak, Tim Buchen, Christian Ganzer and Maria Senina

 

“The study contains a multitude of interesting details and observations pertaining to various regimes of collective memory, the specifics of national and local commemorations, and the inclusion of contested past into the fabric of museum exhibitions.” · Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research

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For a full selection of volumes in the series please visit series webpage

Berghahn Journals

 

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Advances in Research

 

Museum Worlds 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.

We are offering FREE access to Museum Worlds until May 25. Use code MuseumDay19. View redemption details.

 

 

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High Comics Art: The Louvre and the Bande Dessinée
Margaret C. Flinn

Comic Art in Museums and Museums in Comic Art
Michael D. Picone

 

 

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Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies

 

Reassembling Musicality: Critical Music in Reassembly on Tinos
G Douglas Barrett

The “Mangle” of Human Practice: Museu do Amanhã’s Artistic Staging as a Socioscientific Narrative on Climate Change
Rodanthi Tzanelli

Imagining Futures of Energy: Views from Central Asia
Markus S. Schulz

 


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