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Curatopia: Museums and the future of curatorship


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    Title: Curatopia: Museums and the future of curatorship
    Author: SCHORCH PHILIPP / MCCARTHY CONAL
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 15/05/2020
    Imprint: MANCHESTER UNI PRESS
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    Publishing status: NOT YET PUBLISHED

    'This provocative and timely volume, which assembles key perspectives from an impressive ensemble of international curators, scholars and critics, provides a series of critical yet rousing reflections on the future of curatorial practice. Aiming to advance the field beyond the terms of existing debates, the book maps out new futures for museums and collections, acknowledging that these profoundly cross-cultural institutions can only be made relevant by engaging them collaboratively and dialogically.'
    Rodney Harrison, Professor of Heritage Studies, University College London

    'This ambitious and trans-disciplinary volume goes beyond familiar postcolonial critiques, which foreground imperial impositions, to convincingly argue for the centrality of global Indigenous people to past and future museological endeavors. Focusing on curation as an eminently performative, intercultural, and social process, the contributors draw on anthropology's dialogic foundations and ethnographic methods to demonstrate how current efforts to decolonize the ethnological museum can provide a model for the invigoration of ethical curatorial practice in other kinds of exhibitionary contexts as well.'
    Aaron Glass, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Material Culture, Bard Graduate Center

    'Curatopia: Museums and the Future of Curatorship is a welcome compendium that values and explores the diverse, complex and increasingly experimental roles that curators perform in the 21st century. It provides a timely discourse in an era when the role of curators is threatened by economic rationalism and reduced by the demand for content producers in those museums that prioritize entertainment over conversations about divergent histories, difficult issues and multiple world-views. Focused on curatorship in anthropological and ethnographic museums, Curatopia is an inspiring contribution to the field of museum practice because it articulates and grapples with emerging, critical and ethical approaches to contemporary museum curatorship.'
    Joanna barrkman, Senior Curator UCLA, The Journal of Pacific History, 2019

    ISBN: 9781526147974
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