As part of the EC-funded MeLa project on European Museums in an Age of Migrations, Chris Whitehead and a number of other CSoP regulars and ICCHS researchers have published a number of books, some of them available at http://www.mela-project.eu/publications.
The most recent of these, published by Ashgate, is just out. It is entitled Museums, Migration and Identity in Europe and it is at the intersection between museum studies and migration studies. With ever increasing attention to migration both in political and cultural spheres, the book is a landmark contribution to a critical field of study and practice.
The imperatives surrounding museum representations of place have shifted from the late eighteenth century to today. The political significance of place itself has changed and continues to change at all scales, from local, civic, regional to national and supranational. At the same time, changes in population flows, migration patterns and demographic movement now underscore both cultural and political practice, be it in the accommodation of ‘diversity’ in cultural and social policy, scholarly explorations of hybridity or in state immigration controls. The book investigates the historical and contemporary relationships between museums, places and identities. It brings together contributions from international scholars, academics, practitioners from museums and public institutions, policymakers, and representatives of associations and migrant communities to explore all these issues.
Here’s what key scholars in the field think of the book:
‘This volume is a timely and welcome contribution to the growing literature on the role of museums representing migration. With essays blending theory and practice, and a focus on place and belonging, it offers insights into the politics of representation and the conceptualisation of place and identity in European museums – and beyond. It is a valuable resource to anyone working on these issues.’ Laurence Gouriévidis, Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France
‘Migration has emerged as one of the most productive areas for museum studies in recent years. This is not only because of the increase in numbers of museums about migration but also because these have the potential to raise far-reaching questions about the role of museums in contemporary society. Through its wide range of case studies from Europe, this volume makes a significant contribution to highlighting the diversity of cases and of approaches taken, as well as to how we might analyse such museums.’ Sharon Macdonald, University of York, UK.
Details of the book are available at http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472425188
CSoP regulars (and not-so-regulars!) interested in buying the book with a 50% discount should contact Chris Whitehead (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a discount code.