Museum Studies Blog

Posted on March 14th, 2022 in Blog, Book Reviews by knoxmi

Museum Objects, Health and Healing, edited by Brenda Cowan, Ross Laird, and Jason McKeown. New York: Routledge, 2020. REVIEWED BY ELISE DAUGHERTY   Humans interact with and value objects in every aspect of our lives. In many interactions, objects hold meaning and power, impacting our health and wellbeing. Brenda Cowan, Ross Laird, and Jason McKeown …

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Posted on March 7th, 2022 in Blog, Book Reviews by knoxmi

Museum Development in China: Understanding the Building Boom, edited by Gail Lord, Guan Qiang, An Laishun &  Javier Jimenez. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019. REVIEWED BY CAMILLE COMBAUD This book, compiled by three museum planners with plenty of experience, aims to explore the recent changes in museum development in the country of China: through four …

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Posted on February 28th, 2022 in Blog, Book Reviews by knoxmi

Museum Activism, edited by Robert R. Janes and Richard Sandell. London, New York: Routledge, 2019. REVIEWED BY PIA SCHWAIGER   The anthology Museum Activism gathers contributions from museum actors from all over the world and from a variety of professional groups. The book contributes to the discussion on the changing social, political and cultural significance …

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Posted on February 8th, 2022 in Blog, Book Reviews by knoxmi

Heritage Management: The Natural and Cultural Divide. Edited by Heleen van Londen, Marjo J. Schlaman, and Andrea Travaglia. Oxford: Archaeopress Publishing, 2020. Reviewed by Mathilde Sbinne   Nature and culture are often seen, perceived, and studied as two opposite and separate poles – especially in the Western world. Edited by landscape, archeology and heritage experts …

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Posted on January 27th, 2022 in Blog, Book Reviews by knoxmi

Cataloguing Culture: Legacies of Colonialism in Museum Documentation, by Hannah Turner. Vancouver-Toronto: University of British Columbia Press, 2020. Reviewed by Sarah Terheide Museum documentation practices have had a central role in reinforcing colonialist knowledge and ideologies in collections’ records and interpretation. This may be surprising to some considering how mundane systems of documentation can appear …

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Posted on June 22nd, 2021 in Blog by Laura Holzman

By Ross Edelstein, IUPUI Museum Studies MA student Sometimes, you wonder why something hasn’t been done before.  Sometimes, your realize things haven’t been done for a good reason. Sometimes that good reason isn’t good enough. Many museums like to offer sensory kits – usually with fidgets and tools.  But the Eiteljorg, where I have been doing …

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Posted on June 15th, 2021 in Blog by Laura Holzman

By Michael Rice, IUPUI Museum Studies MA student  Interning at the Indiana Medical History Museum has been an incredibly rewarding experience. Being transported back to a different era every time I crossed the threshold was humbling. One of the tasks that comes with the internship is the opportunity to lead tours. This did not come …

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Posted on June 8th, 2021 in Blog by Laura Holzman

By Olivia Underwood, IUPUI Museum Studies MA student In a crowded tray lies hundreds of loosely piled baggies, their contents shining out to any researcher or volunteer visiting the storage space of the Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana. Lapel pins, badges, awards, and other pin fastened objects clink against each other and their own …

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