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Tinget på museum: Om att avgränsa och tolka ett forskningstema
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2012 (Swedish)In: Att återupptäcka det glömda: Aktuell forskning om forntidens förflutna i Norden / [ed] Påvel Nicklasson & Bodil Petersson, Lund: Riksantikvarieämbetet, 2012, 295-310 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The object in the museum – On the demarcation and interpretation of a research topic. This article was written to reflect on the specific role of artefacts as research-related “source material” in the museum. It represents the author’s struggle to narrate a comprehensive interpretation about this theme, as member of the team project “The museum, the exhibition and the visitors: Meaning making in a new arena for learning and communication”, financed by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet). The theme of this present article is therefore the musealized objects and the notion that these artefacts represent resources to cultural analyses and historical knowledge. A leading hypothesis is the concept that postmodern de-constructivism during the late twentieth century has changed our perspective on the artefact from a more or less neutral vessel for historic and cultural knowledge to a multidimensional medium. This has an ongoing impact on archaeological and cultural museum exhibitions. The article discusses what kind of impact the “cultural turn” has on present-day exhibitions. The author states that we must both understand and accept the multidimensional meanings of artefacts, as we also must comprehend why professionals within the field of archaeology and their related museums now struggle to find new agendas for interpretation and authority related to cultural representation by artefacts.

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Lund: Riksantikvarieämbetet, 2012. 295-310 p.
, Acta Archaeologica Lundensia, ISSN 0065-1001 ; 32
Keyword [sv]
föremål, kulturarv, museer
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Archaeology; Museology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-58774ISBN: 978-91-89578-47-0OAI: diva2:550096
Available from: 2012-10-05 Created: 2012-09-06 Last updated: 2012-10-10Bibliographically approved

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