On the Meaning of Exhibitions: Exhibition èpistèmes in a historical perspective
2012 (English)In: Designs for Learning, ISSN 1654-7608, Vol. 5, no 1-2, 50-72 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm/ Aalborg, 2012. Vol. 5, no 1-2, 50-72 p.
Exhibitions, epistemologies, museum classification
Utställningar, epistemologi, museer, lärande
Research subject museology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-111605DOI: 10.2478/dfl-2014-0004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-111605DiVA: diva2:872094
ProjectsThe Museum, the Exhibition, the Visitor
FunderSwedish Research Council