Curating the future : museums, communities and climate change / edited by Jennifer Newell, Libby Robin and Kirsten Wehner

Newell, Jennifer [ed.] | Robin, Libby [ed.] | Wehner, Kirsten [ed.].
ISBN: 9781138658523.Edition: 1st ed.Publisher: London : Routledge, 2017Description: xxiv, 298 p.Series: Routledge environmental humanities: Summary: Curating the Future: Museums, Communities and Climate Change explores the way museums tackle the broad global issue of climate change. It explores the power of real objects and collections to stir hearts and minds, to engage communities affected by change. Museums work through exhibitions, events, and specific collection projects to reach different communities in different ways. The book emphasises the moral responsibilities of museums to address climate change, not just by communicating science but also by enabling people already affected by changes to find their own ways of living with global warming. There are museums of natural history, of art and of social history. The focus of this book is the museum communities, like those in the Pacific, who have to find new ways to express their culture in a new place. The book considers how collections in museums might help future generations stay in touch with their culture, even where they have left their place. It asks what should the people of the present be collecting for museums in a climate-changed future? The book is rich with practical museum experience and detailed projects, as well as critical and philosophical analyses about where a museum can intervene to speak to this great conundrum of our times. Curating the Future is essential reading for all those working in museums and grappling with how to talk about climate change. It also has academic applications in courses of museology and museum studies, cultural studies, heritage studies, digital humanities, design, anthropology, and environmental humanities. (Font: Editor)
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Curating the Future: Museums, Communities and Climate Change explores the way museums tackle the broad global issue of climate change. It explores the power of real objects and collections to stir hearts and minds, to engage communities affected by change.
Museums work through exhibitions, events, and specific collection projects to reach different communities in different ways. The book emphasises the moral responsibilities of museums to address climate change, not just by communicating science but also by enabling people already affected by changes to find their own ways of living with global warming.
There are museums of natural history, of art and of social history. The focus of this book is the museum communities, like those in the Pacific, who have to find new ways to express their culture in a new place. The book considers how collections in museums might help future generations stay in touch with their culture, even where they have left their place. It asks what should the people of the present be collecting for museums in a climate-changed future? The book is rich with practical museum experience and detailed projects, as well as critical and philosophical analyses about where a museum can intervene to speak to this great conundrum of our times. Curating the Future is essential reading for all those working in museums and grappling with how to talk about climate change. It also has academic applications in courses of museology and museum studies, cultural studies, heritage studies, digital humanities, design, anthropology, and environmental humanities. (Font: Editor)

List of illustrations -- About the authors -- Acknowledgments -- Foreword / Michael Novacek -- 1. Introduction: Curating Connections in a Climate Changed World / Kirsten Wehner, Libby Robin, Jenny Newell -- 2. Poem: "Tell Them" / Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner -- Part 1: Welcoming New Voices: Opening museums: 3. The Anthropocene and Social Justice / Rob Nixon ; 4. Cameo: Museums Connecting / Lumepa Apelu ; 5. Talking Around Objects: Stories for a Climate Changed world / Jennifer Newell ; 6. Object in view: Jaki-ed mat, Marshall Islands / Kristina Eonemto Stege ; 7. The Pacific in New York: Managing Objects and Cultural Heritage Partnerships in Times of Global Change / Jacklyn Lacey ; 8. Cameo: Connie Hart’s Basket / Tom Griffiths ; 9. Peoples who Still Live: The Role of Museums in addressing Climate Change in the Pacific / Peter Rudiak-Gould ; 10. Object in view: Taking a Bite Out of Lost Knowledge: Sharks’ Teeth, Extinction, and the Value of Preemptive Collections / Josh Drew -- Part 2: Reuniting Nature and Culture: 11. Towards an Ecological Museology: Responding to the animal-objects of the Australian Institute of Anatomy collection / Kirsten Wehner ; 12. Object in view: Harry Clarke’s high wheeler bicycle / Daniel Oakman ; 13. Food and Water Exhibitions: Lenses on Climate Change / Eleanor Sterling, Erin Betley ; 14. Object in view: The Stump-Jump Plough: Reframing a National Icon / George Main ; 15. Telling Torres Strait History through Turtle / Leah Lui-Chivizhe ; 16. Four Seasons in One Day: Weather, Culture and the Museum / Kirstie Ross ; 17. Object in view: Nelson the Newfoundland’s Dog Collar / Martha Sear ;
18. The Last Snail: Loss, hope and care for the future / Thom van Dooren ; 19. Object in view: Hiding in plain sight: Lessons from the Olinguito / Nancy Simmons -- Part 3: Focusing on the Future: 20. The Reef in Time: The prophecy of Charlie Veron’s living collections / Iain McCalman ; 21. Food Stories for the Future / George Main ; 22. Shaping Garden Collections for Future Climates / Sharon Willoughby ; 23. Object in view: A Past Future for the Cucumber / Sharon Willoughby ; 24. The Art of the Anthropocene / William L. Fox ; 25. Object in view: The Canary Project: Photographs and Fossils / Ed Morris, Susannah Sayler -- Part 4: Representing Change and Uncertainty: 26. Cameo: The Vulnerable Volvo / Sverker Sörlin ; 27. Museum Awakenings: Responses to Environmental Change at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, 1965–2005 / Ewa Bergdahl, Anders Houltz ; 28. Rising Seas: Facts, Fictions and Aquaria / Susanna Lidström, Anna Åberg ; 29. Object in view: The Model of Flooded New York / Edmund Mathez ; 30. When the Ice Breaks: The Arctic in the Media Miyase Christensen and Nina Wormbs ; 31. Displaying the Anthropocene in and beyond Museums / Libby Robin, Dag Avango, Luke Keogh, Nina Möllers, Helmuth Trischler ; 32. Poem: Dear Matafele Peinem / Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner -- Bibliography -- Exhibitions cited -- Index

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