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Beyond the rational museum : toward a discourse of inclusion

Baker, Janice 2008, Beyond the rational museum : toward a discourse of inclusion, International journal of the inclusive museum, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 23-29.

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Title Beyond the rational museum : toward a discourse of inclusion
Author(s) Baker, Janice
Journal name International journal of the inclusive museum
Volume number 1
Issue number 2
Start page 23
End page 29
Total pages 8
Publisher Common Ground
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1835-2014
Keyword(s) museum studies
affect
museum discourse
Deleuze
Summary Museum discourse is not inclusive in that it neglects or negates the affective potential of museums. Affect is precognitive sensation, it is unexpected, and leaves a more lasting impression than re-cognition. The museum’s role in the shaping of histories, and its origins in class and gender exploitation are important areas of discourse, however, the focus on these issues also limits discourse. Ideologically driven critique seems unable to explain the experiential affect of exhibits of art and material culture. Arguably, an alternative museum with a contradictory set of meanings has always existed alongside the rational museum of critical discourse. Some critics do acknowledge that their disciplines seem unable to grapple with this ‘alternative museum’, however, there is not a critical vocabulary of affect with which to give it appropriate expression. Gilles Deleuze’s philosophical ideas give relevance to affect, and are useful in shaping or ‘shocking’ a way toward a more inclusive critical discourse, which might lead toward more inclusive museum practices.
Field of Research 210204 Museum Studies
200204 Cultural Theory
210299 Curatorial and Related Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Common Ground
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