Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 4, Fall

African, Chinese and Mexican National Museums in the United States Did You Say "National"?
The political and cultural model of the United States allows the existence of national museums with an ethnic or racial character. The immigrant communities from African, Asian and Mexican origins have museums where they represent their own artistic...
Danishness, Nordic Amnesia and Immigrant Museums
I. INTRODUCTION It has hitherto been the nation-state task to maintain the geographic territory as a regulatory element for the maintenance of its imagined community. History has been constructed from the idea of the national as organizing principle,...
Editor's Note: De-Museumizing Migrations without and Within
This, Fall 2011 issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge, entitled "Contesting Memory: Museumizations of Migration in Comparative Global Context" includes papers presented at an international conference on "Museums and...
Immigrant Communities, Cultural Institutions and Political Space: The Success of the Immigration Museum in Melbourne, Australia
As a country, Australia is unique in that it is the smallest continent of the world. It involves a territory that is isolated in the Asia Pacific and belongs to the Commonwealth (1) as a former British settlement colony. This dual attribute, both geographical...
"Independance!": The Belgo-Congolese Dispute in the Tervuren Museum
I. INTRODUCTION As I was writing this article, Belgium was celebrating the 50th anniversary of Congolese independence but the country of "Tintin au Congo" is far from having fully entered a postcolonial era of self-criticism, being still trapped...
Museum and Migration: An Introduction
The articles published in this Fall 2011 issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge were presented at a conference on "Museums and Migration" held on June 25-26, 2010, at the Mai son des Science de l'Homme (MSH) in Paris....
Representation of Africa and the African Diaspora in European Museums
I. INTRODUCTION Any effort to assess the representations of people of African descent in museums must address a number of key issues and confront a number of problems. Museums in Europe have a tradition of marginalizing representations, images and...
Slavery, Colonialism and Museums Representations in Great Britain: Old and New Circuits of Migration
I. INTRODUCTION In the 1950s, a majority of white people in Britain had never seen a 'coloured colonial immigrant' in person. The Black (1) population was tiny in number, and concentrated in the historic port cities of Liverpool, Bristol, London...
The Challenge of Cultural Diversity in Europe (Re)designing Cultural Heritages through Intercultural Dialogue
I. INTRODUCTION: MULTICULTURAL SOCIETIES AND COLLECTIVE IMAGINARIES "Ponte en su piel" ("Put Yourself in Her Skin") was part of a sensitivity campaign promoted by the city of Tarragona in 2006 that puts into context many elements of the debate we...
The Museumization of Migration in Paris and Berlin and Debates on Representation
I. INTRODUCTION In this article, I will focus on the museumization of migration in Paris and Berlin as a continuum of debates on representation, which had a focal point (but not only) in the cannon battles that took place in the United Sates of...

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