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The Othering Museum A Case for Non-Selective Curation

The Othering Museum [electronic resource] : A Case for Non-Selective Curation / by Carrie Westwater.
1st ed. 2024.
Cham : Springer Nature Switzerland : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2024.
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The term "othering" refers to a persistent Us and Them dynamic between museums and their participating public. To reframe this historically paternalistic subject-positioning, over the last decade or so many museums have made firm attempts to address this by attempting to move from being "providers" of engagements to facilitating access to cultural right by embedding co-curatorial techniques and participation. Through the analysis of three co-curated participatory case studies, this book examines how power performs in co-curatorial museum practice. It discusses how it is not just how the participatory process is enacted that is necessary to create this shift to a more socially just profile, but systemic pressures of vulnerability and responsibility found in the political economy of the museum and its participants. This book will chart how this dynamic performs in museums when working with different groups of people, such as volunteers, community participants, and professional artists, presented with differing levels of co-curatorial decision making. The book further investigates whether performances of power are relational to who the participants are, how the processes of participation are constructed, and where the participation takes place, what language is used when conducting these relationships and what the funded institutional responsibilities do to the co-curators (the community and museum staff) when traditional co-curation and co-curation in transition to non-selective curation is applied. Grounding this discussion is the development of this test method of non-selective curation which further illuminates some of these challenges and aims to successfully mitigate them through a radically open and inclusive approach to co-curation. Dr Carrie Westwater is a Lecturer (Teaching & Research) in the field of Creative and Cultural Industries at Cardiff University, UK. Her research has a special focus on Human and Cultural Rights, spatial and social justice and participatory arts. She is most interested in theatre and film that either function as tools to address trauma and complex societal issues, or represents them.
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Chapter 1. Introduction: setting out the parameters
Chapter 2. Why is this book called The Othering Museum?
Chapter 3. Addressing cognitive dissonance in museums
Chapter 4. The Activist Museum (Janes and Sandell, 2019) a new 'identity' through language?
Chapter 5. Truth, Power, Participation and Discourse
Chapter 6. Power and identity
Chapter 7. Bordieuan [dis]positions: locations of responsibility
Chapter 8. From Language to languaging: from site of power to sites of openness
Chapter 9. A profound edge' (hooks, 1989): Theatre as participatory activism
Chapter 10. Transitioning participant fear: oppressions and symbolic power
Transitions from Selective Curation to Non - Selective
Chapter 11. CurioUS and The Intercultural Project
Chapter 12. Bricks and Mortar
Chapter 13. The frontstage power of non-selective curation
Chapter 14. Museums Made Dark
Chapter 15. Findings from the development phase of NSC: Two 'back stages', how power performs on different pages by skirting the margins
Chapter 16. Conclusion: Transitioning from selective to non-selective implementations for NSC
CHAPTER 17. The development of NSC.
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