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On the Meaning of Exhibitions: Exhibition èpistèmes in a historical perspective
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies. (museologi)
2012 (English)In: Designs for Learning, ISSN 1654-7608, Vol. 5, no 1-2, 50-72 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay aims at contributing to our understanding of the nature of exhibitions, namely how and why we make them, and what they – and the things in them – might symbolize. My focus will be on exhibitions of objects in classical museums of cultural history, archaeology and ethnology/ethnography. I will discuss how scientific epistemologies and discourses, as well as the history of ideas and ideologies, are reflected in the way museums and exhibitions are organized. Theoretically, I will lean on ideas of Michel Foucault presented in his work The Order of Things (Foucault, 1991) and Power/Knowledge (Gordon 1980), but also on Mieke Bal’s Double Exposures (1996), and a few others.

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Stockholm/ Aalborg, 2012. Vol. 5, no 1-2, 50-72 p.
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Exhibitions, epistemologies, museum classification
Keyword [sv]
Utställningar, epistemologi, museer, lärande
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Other Humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-111605DOI: 10.2478/dfl-2014-0004OAI: diva2:872094
The Museum, the Exhibition, the Visitor
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-11-17 Created: 2015-11-17 Last updated: 2016-01-28Bibliographically approved

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