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History and Theory of Museums

Professor Bill Wood
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

This seminar explores the history and theory of museums and delves deeply into several disciplinary perspectives on museums (including socio-cultural anthropology, art history, cultural studies, critical theory, public history, and feminism, among others) that together constitute an emerging canon in critical museological studies. These approaches frame the history of museums and the creation of their collections within the wider historical processes of nation building, colonialism/postcoloniality, and empire. Seminar discussion is focused on the changing nature (and future) of museums as institutions. Course assignments include reflection essays, and seminar discussion assignments.

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