Understanding the role of affect in producing a critical pedagogy for history museums

Witcomb, Andrea 2013, Understanding the role of affect in producing a critical pedagogy for history museums, Museum management and curatorship, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 255-271.

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Title Understanding the role of affect in producing a critical pedagogy for history museums
Author(s) Witcomb, Andrea
Journal name Museum management and curatorship
Volume number 28
Issue number 3
Start page 255
End page 271
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2013-08
ISSN 0964-7775
1872-9185
Keyword(s) affect
critical pedagogy
critical exhibitions
experience
involuntary memory
Summary While the existence of uncritical exhibition practices that support nostalgic narratives about the past cannot be denied, this paper is focused on demonstrating both the existence of critical exhibitions and on explaining how they work. In particularly, this paper looks at the ways in which the production of affective, nonrational forms of experience aimed at inducing a heightened level of engagement on the part of visitors is being used to facilitate a more critical reflection on the relationship between past and present. My examples, drawn from curatorial practices in Australia dealing either with contact histories or histories of migration, will be used to explore how explicit forms of engagement with the senses in contemporary exhibition practices gesture toward not only a new understanding of the pedagogical role of museums but also to new forms of pedagogical practice.
Language eng
Field of Research 210204 Museum Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950399 Heritage not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30053454

Document type: Journal Article
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