Experiencing differences and negotiating prejudices at the Immigration Museum Melbourne

Schorch, Philipp 2015, Experiencing differences and negotiating prejudices at the Immigration Museum Melbourne, International journal of heritage studies, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 46-64, doi: 10.1080/13527258.2013.877955.

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Title Experiencing differences and negotiating prejudices at the Immigration Museum Melbourne
Author(s) Schorch, Philipp
Journal name International journal of heritage studies
Volume number 21
Issue number 1
Start page 46
End page 64
Total pages 19
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Place of publication London , Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1352-7258
Keyword(s) difficult subjects
social agency
visitor research
Summary The social agency of museums in countering prejudices and fostering respect for differences is increasingly recognised and empirical research has begun to illuminate the impacts of exhibitions devoted to difficult subjects on audiences. This paper draws on an ongoing research project conducted by two Australian universities in collaboration with the Immigration Museum Melbourne aimed at understanding the role of the Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours exhibition in countering racism and increasing the acceptance of differences among Australian high school students. The paper focuses on narrative interviews with students which offer insights into how differences are experienced and prejudices become negotiated through processes of meaning-making and embodied engagements. The empirical evidence indicates that the exhibition moves beyond the orchestration of an abstract tolerance by unsettling the Self and destabilising stereotyped interpretations of the Other. Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours creates a place and space of encounter in which differences are humanised, thus facilitating understandings of broader contexts through individual experiences. At the same time, the research findings suggest that the life worlds of students, their personal backgrounds and schools, are intertwined with their interpretive engagements with the exhibition and need to be considered for museum practices and further research.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13527258.2013.877955
Field of Research 210204 Museum Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, Taylor and Francis
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