Macquarie University
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Local histories, global cultures: contemporary collecting in transnational space

posted on 2022-03-29, 02:06 authored by Rachael Nenaya Vincent
How might knowledge of socio-spatial reality beyond regional boundaries help social history museums continue to support and define regional identities? Inspired by actor-networks and emotional geography, this thesis brings posthumanism to an Australian regional museum to study contemporary people-place interactions. Research stems from a responsive, inclusive and participatory museology. Using a museum/laboratory construct to destabilize subject/object, people/place and local/global dualisms, a participatory, performative methodology: body mapping, brings identity and place into being. This event produces new worlds beyond classification, expressive of non-representational concerns, and attentive to the senses and contemporary mobilities. Shaped by museum users as collaborators and co-constructors of embodied knowledge, these worlds challenge and enliven the museum. A viscero-spatial curatorship develops. This more-than-institutional thinking folds theory and practice to evolve the museum as a site of production. Here, mobile bodies enact global space, and interpretation becomes an emotional engagement with multiple worlds. Boundaries separating the research, collection and display of place-based identities dissolve. This emergent working practice captures local identities as human/non-human entanglements in fluid, affective transnational spaces.


Table of Contents

Section 1. The research project. Introduction 1. Refreshing the modern museum: towards a new vocabulary of identity and place -- 2. The museum/laboratory and its surrounds: instances of 'people-in-place' shaping Wagga Wagga and the Riverina -- -- Section 2: Process, performance, becoming. -- 3. A method for 'doing' identity, space, place and movement: MAP:me: participation, performance, negotiation -- 4. The research participants, map making, and map reading part 1: enacting identity through the senses, home and affiliation -- 5. Map reading part 2: enacting place through relational networks and materiality -- -- Section 3: Acquisitions and interactions. -- 6. More-than-institutional thinking: towards an experimental new museology -- 7. Conclusion.


Bibliography: p. 311-343 Submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, July 2012

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


Thesis (PhD), Macquarie University, Faculty of Science, Department of Environment and Geography

Department, Centre or School

Department of Environment and Geography

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Donna Houston

Additional Supervisor 1

Andrew Simpson


Copyright disclaimer: Copyright Rachael Vincent 2012






1 online resource (xx, 357 p.) ill. (some col.)

Former Identifiers

mq:23673 1767193