Local histories, global cultures: contemporary collecting in transnational space
thesisposted 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 ContentsSection 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.
NotesBibliography: p. 311-343 Submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, July 2012
Awarding InstitutionMacquarie University
Degree TypeThesis PhD
DegreeThesis (PhD), Macquarie University, Faculty of Science, Department of Environment and Geography
Department, Centre or SchoolDepartment of Environment and Geography
Year of Award2012
Principal SupervisorDonna Houston
Additional Supervisor 1Andrew Simpson
RightsCopyright disclaimer: http://www.copyright.mq.edu.au/ Copyright Rachael Vincent 2012
Extent1 online resource (xx, 357 p.) ill. (some col.)
Former Identifiersmq:23673 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/202338 1767193
posthumanismMuseums -- Australia -- Case studiesMuseumMuseum exhibits -- Australia -- Case studiesmobilityMuseumstransnational spacecontemporary collectingMuseum techniques -- Australia -- Case studiesactor-network theoryparticipationMuseum techniquesmappingperformancemethodologyMuseum exhibitssocial historyplaceidentityembodiment