Museums & ethnography: a selection of bibliographic references

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Asad, T., 1986, ‘The concept of cultural translation’ in Clifford, J and Marcus, G. (eds.), Writing Culture. The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography, University of California Press, California: 141-164.

Benjamin, R., 2011, ‘Museums of the People, by the People, for the People’, in Chamberlain, G., The Radical Museum: Democracy, Dialogue, Debate, Museum Identity Ltd, London: 35-48

Cameron, D., 1971, ‘The Museum as Temple or Forum’ in Curator, The Museum Journal, 14 (1): 11-24

Clifford, J., 1999 [1997], ‘Museums as Contact Zone’ in Boswell, D. and Evans J. (eds.) 1999, Representing the Nation: A Reader Histories, Heritage and Museums, Routledge, London: 435-459.

Delgado, M., 2007, ‘Museums as spaces of negotiation’ in Bodo, S.,  Gibbs, K., Sani, M. 2010, Museums as places for intercultural dialogue; selected practices from Europe, MAP for ID Group: 8-9 (available at <> accessed 28 May 2013)

Dudley, S., 2012, (ed.) Museum Objects. Experiencing the Properties of Things, Routledge, London

Dudley, S., 2010, (ed.) Museum Materialities: Objects, Engagements, Interpretations. Routledge, London

Freire, P., 2007, ‘Dialogue with the participants: the Reading and Writing Issue’ in who are editors? Daring to Dream Towards a Pedagogy of the Unfinished, Paradigm Publishers, Boulder and London: 89-106.

Fromm, A., Golding, V., and Rekdal, P., (eds). 2014. Museums and Truth, Cambridge Scholars Press, Newcastle.

Fromm, A. and Kherkoff-Hader, B. (eds.), 2014.  Dissolving Boundaries, Museological Approaches to National, Social and Cultural Issues. Bamberger Beiträge zur Europäischen Ethnologie.

Gellner, E., 1970, ‘Concepts and Society’ in Wilson, B. (ed.) Rationality, Blackwell, Oxford:18-49.

Golding, V., 2009, Learning at the Museum Frontiers: Identity, Race and Power, Ashgate Publishing, Surrey.

Golding, V., and Modest, W., (eds) 2013, Museums and Communities: Curators, Collections, Collaboration, Berg, Oxford.

Grenell, K., 2011, ‘When legitimate claims collide:communities, museums and dialogue’ in Museum and Society, 9(3); 227-243.

Hall, S., 2001 [1992] ‘The West and the Rest: Discourse and Power’ in Hall, S. and Gieban, B. (eds.) Formations of Modernity, Polity Press in association with Blackwell Publishers Ltd and the Open University, Press, Oxford: 275-330

Kirschenblatt-Gimblett, B., 2006, ‘Exhibitionary Complexes’ in Karp, I., Kratz, C., Szwaja, L., and Ybarra-Fraustro, T., Museum Frictions,

Kreps, C., 2003, Liberating Culture. Cross-cultural perspectives on museums, curation and heritage preservation, Routledge, London.

Lagerkvist, C., 2006, Empowerment and anger: learning how to share ownership of the museum in Museum and Society, July 2006. 4(2): 52-68 Available <> [accessed: 23 August 2007].

Lavine, S., 1991, ‘Museum Practices’ in Karp, I., and Lavine, S., (eds) Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Displays, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington DC: 151-158.

Lorde, A., 1996 The Audrey Lorde Compendium. Essays, Speeches and Journals. The Cancer Journals. Sister Outsider. A Burst of Light.Pandora.    Press London.

Luke, T., 2006, The Museum: Where Civilizations Clash or Clash Civilizes? in
Genoways, H. H. (ed.)  Museum Philosophy for the Twenty-first Century, Alta Mira Press, Place? USA: 19- 26

White Paper, 2008, Intercultural Dialogue, (;

Wilson, F., 1994, The Silent Message of the Museum in Fisher, J. (ed.) Global visions towards a new internationalism in the visual arts, Kala Press, London.

William Yeingst and Lonnie G. Bunch, 1999, ‘Curating the Recent Past: The Woolworth Lunch Counter, Greensboro, North Carolina,’ in Henderson, A. and A. Kaeppler, (eds) Exhibiting Dilemmas: Issues of Representation at the Smithsonian, Washington: 143-154


Beatrice von Bismarck, Rike Frank (ed.), 2014. Timing: On the Temporal Dimension of Exhibiting. (Cultures of the Curatorial, Band 2).

Mary Bouquet, 2012. Museums: A Visual Anthropology (Key Texts in the Anthropology of Visual and Material Culture).

Alison K. Brown, Laura Peers (ed.), 2003. Museums and Source Communities. A Routledge Reader.

Steven C. Dubin, Jonathan Gray, Cornel Sandvoss (ed.), 1999. Displays of Power: Memory and Amnesia in the American Museum.

Viviane Gosselin, Phaedra Livingstone (ed), 2016. Museums and the Past: Constructing Historical Consciousness.

Roland Cvetkovski, Alexis Hofmeister (ed.), 2015. An Empire of Others: Creating Ethnographic Knowledge in Imperial Russia and the USSR.

Gerald T. Conaty (ed.), 2015. We Are Coming Home: Repatriation and the Restoration of Blackfoot Cultural Confidence.

Mareile Flitsch, Völkerkundemuseum der Universität Zürich (ed.), 2014. Drinking Skills.

Larissa Förster, Eva Youkhan: Grafficity, 2015. Visual Practices and Contestations in Urban Space (Morphomata).

Humboldt Lab Dahlem (ed.), 2015. Prinzip Labor: Museumsexperimente im Humboldt Lab Dahlem. (in German)

Cara Krmpotich, 2014. The Force of Family: Repatriation, Kinship, and Memory on Haida Gwaii.

Sonja Mohr, 2014. Displaying the Colonial: The exhibitions of the ‘Museum National Indonesia’ and the ‘Tropenmuseum’.

Moira G. Simpson: Making Representations, 2012. Museums in the Post-Colonial Era (Heritage: Care-Preservation-Management).

Rodney Harrison, 2013. Reassembling the Collection: Ethnographic Museums and Indigenous Agency.

Kate Sturge, 2014. Representing Others: Translation, Ethnography and Museum (Translation Theories Explored).

Ruth B. Phillips: Museum Pieces, 2011. Toward the Indigenization of Canadian Museums.

Arnd Schneider, Christopher Wright (ed.), 2010. Between Art and Anthropology (Contemporary Ethnographic Practice).

Raymond Silverman (ed.), 2014. Museum as Process: Translating Local and Global Knowledges (Museum Meanings).

Susan Sleeper-Smith (ed.), 2009. Contesting Knowledge: Museums and Indigenous Perspectives.