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Museums and the future of curatorship

What is the future of curatorial practice? How can the relationships between Indigenous people in the Pacific, collections in Euro-American institutions and curatorial knowledge in museums globally be (re)conceptualised in reciprocal and symmetrical ways? Is there an ideal model, a ‘curatopia’, whether in the form of a utopia or dystopia, which can enable the reinvention of ethnographic museums and address their difficult colonial legacies? This volume addresses these questions by considering the current state of the play in curatorial practice, reviewing the different models and approaches operating in different museums, galleries and cultural organisations around the world, and debating the emerging concerns, challenges and opportunities. The subject areas range over native and tribal cultures, anthropology, art, history, migration and settler culture, among others. Topics covered include: contemporary curatorial theory, new museum trends, models and paradigms, the state of research and scholarship, the impact of new media and current issues such as curatorial leadership, collecting and collection access and use, exhibition development and community engagement. The volume is international in scope and covers three broad regions – Europe, North America and the Pacific. The contributors are leading and emerging scholars and practitioners in their respective fields, all of whom have worked in and with universities and museums, and are therefore perfectly placed to reshape the dialogue between academia and the professional museum world.

Identity is contingent and dynamic, constituting and reconstituting subjects with political effects. This book explores the implications of Protestant and 'British' incursions for the development of Irish Catholic identity as preserved in Irish language texts from the early modern period until the end of Stuart pretensions. Questions of citizenship, belonging, migration, conflict, security, peace and subjectivity are examined through social construction, post-colonialism, and gendered lenses from an interdisciplinary perspective. The book explains the issue of cultural Catholicism in the later middle ages, by way of devotional cults and practices. It examines Catholic unionism vis-a-vis Victorian politics, military and imperial service, the crown, and the position of the Catholic Church with relation to the structures of the state in Ireland. In particular the North American experience and especially the importance of the USA for consolidating a particular interpretation of Irish Catholic nationalist identity, is explored. Children studied in English Catholic public schools like Stonyhurst and Downside where the establishment Irish Catholics and rising mercantile classes sought to have the characteristics of the Catholic gentleman instilled in their progeny. The book sets out to detect the voices of those Catholic women who managed to make themselves heard by a wider audience than family and friends in Ireland in the years between the Act of Union of 1800 and independence/partition. It considers what devotional interests both Gaelic Irish and Anglo-Norman actually shared in common as part of a wider late medieval Catholic culture.

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Gareth Dale

summary overview of his engagement in émigré politics during his spells in Austria, Britain and North America.2 Born in the Habsburg capital, Vienna, Polanyi was raised in the Empire’s second city, Budapest. The late nineteenth century was a time of change, as a semi-feudal absolutism gave way to industrial modernity, with the expansion of capitalist social relations, the systematic deployment of science and technology to the production process, and rapid urbanisation. To use the sociologese of the era, Gemeinschaft was dissolving into Gesellschaft, and intellectual

in Karl Polanyi

-driven and naturally exclusive of others. This in turn relates us back to the Aristotelian theme of the first chapter, giving a new twist to the history of the Janus-faced friendship of virtue and utility in the era of thriving international commerce. Friendship and English colonisation of North America from the 1640s onwards Equally overlooked is the role of friendship in a context closely related to ­commerce – the history of colonisation and the foundation of new states – despite the popularity and instrumentality of the term in early encounters with native peoples in

in Friendship among nations

’s imaginative input had revitalised and re-envisioned his play. Release The film’s release in North America swiftly followed its completion, but British screenings did not. Impatient to let the work be shown to domestic audiences and doubting that Landau’s company would organise a season, Anderson wrote to Plaschkes in May 1975 proposing that they organise a ‘Pirate Press Show’ to remedy the

in Lindsay Anderson

read, and I found the savages in Greenland, America, and at the Cape of Good Hope, could all by their hunting and fishing procure subsistence for their families. Then I enquired whether men left that rude state voluntarily … or whether they were conquered, and compelled for the benefit of their conquerors … all our boasted civilization is founded alone on conquest.21 Here already, the central tenets of his theory that private property originated in conquest, as well as its connections with colonialism, were clearly laid out. Indigenous North Americans were a

in The Cato Street Conspiracy
Routes, rivalries and regionalism in the Pacific

various transactions and the delegation of control. 2 The Australasian colonies were particularly interested in trade to Fiji. This island group was favourably located in the western Pacific, positioned directly along the transpacific ‘highway’ between Sydney and North America. It was also regarded as a gateway into the eastern Pacific, for, as the Otago Daily Times declared in

in Oceania under steam
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Alan Watts and the visionary tradition

movement.1 The mystical philosophy espoused in Emerson’s essay, ‘The OverSoul’ (1841) – which posited an affinity between humanity and divinity, with nature as the bridge – was particularly important. Here Eastern wisdom, particularly the speculations of Hinduism, is made Coupe 01 22/3/07 01:05 Page 23 ‘This is IT’ 23 accessible to educated North Americans in enthusiastic but elegant prose which is rhetorically very powerful: The Supreme Critic on the errors of the past and the present, and the only prophet of that which must be, is that great nature in which we

in Beat sound, Beat vision

as men and women of European origin appropriated Indigenous peoples’ lands in North America, southern Africa and Australasia. Imperial expansion to the 1830s The loss of the eastern Atlantic seaboard colonies that constituted the United States of America following the War of Independence posed merely a temporary setback to British imperial expansion. It did, however, mark a

in Equal subjects, unequal rights
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Paul Greenhalgh

exhibitions were staged all over the world, in Africa, Asia, Australasia and South America as well as Europe and North America. This text could not hope to examine in any meaningful way the whole tradition, nor does it attempt to. Rather, it is a study of how the events emerged, how they gained legitimacy as a medium of national expression and how they maintained it through one of the most traumatic stretches

in Ephemeral vistas