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Editors:Arne Bugge Amundsen, Andreas Nyblom
Conference:National museums in a global world. NaMu III; Department of culture studies and oriental languages; University of Oslo; Norway; 19–21 November 2007
Publication type: Conference proceedings
Introduction:In earlier conferences of NaMu: Making National Museums; we have explored the complexity of defining National Museums and laboured with contemporary narrative analyses. See and The conference proceedings of the subsequent workshop – NaMu IV; which took an explicit historical and comparative outlook on national museums – are also available on

The third conference in the series held at University of Oslo 19-21 November 2007 specifically dealt with how diversity and difference are negotiated in an increasingly globalized world. Eight thematic sessions were introduced by inspiring keynotes giving European; global and methodological feeds to the dialogue over disciplinary and national borders.

The intention of the conference was to explore how the museum has dealt with the Other. How are internal and external enemies dealt with? What happens when European national museums are confronted with expectations of responding to multi-cultural processes in a globalized world? There were two main directions for our exploration:

1. What kind of political; rhetorical and practical strategies do national museums develop in order to meet such expectations?

2. To what extent is it possible to combine the concept of a national museum with a multi-cultural approach? What is the role of a European dimension versus universalised citizenship and human rights?

The responses have differed widely between European national museums; and therefore the conference focused on those differences and aimed at developing theoretical and methodological tools for describing and analyzing how national museums have dealt with globalization and the concept of the Other.

Financed by the European Union
Marie Curie Conferences and Training Courses
NaMu. Contract number (MSCF-CT-2006 - 046067)


Session 1: Asia and the Other

Saphinaz-Amal Naguib
The One; the Many and the Other: Revisiting Cultural Diversity in Museums of Cultural History
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Session 1: Asia and the Other

Emily Stokes-Rees
‘We need something of our own’
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Yu-Chien Chang
Museum Global Marketing: a case study of the National Palace Museum (Taiwan)
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Session 2: National Grammar

Ana Luisa Sánchez Laws
Nationhood and otherness in Panamanian Museums: The case of the National Museum and the Anthropological Museum Reina Torres de Arauz
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Session 3: National Grammar II

Susan L. T. Ashley
Negotiating the Other: Marginalized racial groups and narratives of Canada
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Session 4: Users and Institutions

Marzia Varutti
Representing and ‘Consuming’ the Chinese Other at the British Museum
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Session 6: Narratives of Identity

Jennifer Carter
Canada at the “Crossroads”
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Session 7: Post-colonial Perspectives

Cecilia Axelßon
Who is “the Other” Now?
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Tracy Buck
Confronting the Other in the Nationalist Art History Narratives and National Museum of India
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Session 8: Strategies and Perspectives on Identity

Rodostina Sharenkova
The Effects of Globalization on the Policy of the National Ethnographic Museum in Bulgaria
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Viviane Goßelin
Mapping New Trajectories
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Shin-Chieh Tzeng
To Be or Not to Be
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No. of pages:151
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

Arne Bugge Amundsen, Andreas Nyblom (2007). National museums in a global world. NaMu III; Department of culture studies and oriental languages; University of Oslo; Norway; 19–21 November 2007 (10/7/2015)