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Authors:Palmyre Pierroux: InterMedia, University of Oslo, Norway
Publication title:Museology and the Problem of Interiority
Conference:NaMu; Making National Museums Program; Setting the Frames; 26-28 February; Norrköping; Sweden
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Article No.:019
Abstract:Museum and culture studies traditionally approach social issues related to national museum narratives by critically analyzing the historical development and orderings of collections and their functions. Studies may investigate museums representational practices in interpretations of the other; for example; or the role of official and state narratives in history museums constructions of national identity; or scientific paradigms in natural history museums orderings and material culture. Often these histories are told from the perspectives of insiders who relate the motives of actors engaged in producing narratives of a national character; namely; collectors; state authorities and museum founders (Roberts 1997).

However; the consumption of narratives is typically not included in these accounts. While perspectives on national museums may acknowledge that visitors bring their identities; memories; and previous knowledge into the museum experience; meaning making and identity formation are not the analytical focus. As a consequence; conceptualizations of visitor agency often remain implicit and under-theorized in analyses of how national museums make new realities thinkable (Bennett 2005). The purpose of this paper is to develop a perspective on visitors agency that moves away from a focus on practices of inwardness and kinds of interiority; in other words what goes on inside the individual in entanglements with museum objects; to instead locate experience in the entanglements themselves

No. of pages:7
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

Palmyre Pierroux (2007). Museology and the Problem of Interiority, NaMu; Making National Museums Program; Setting the Frames; 26-28 February; Norrköping; Sweden;article=019 (accessed 2/10/2016)