The Role of museum’s in the formation of identity

Posted: March 26, 2012 by nelsonbakshidts403 in Mar 28

In Elaine Gurian’s article, she talks about how museums are tangible evidence to the history of civilizations. That the museums and institutions that house these artefacts allow how the connection to identity, sprit and pride within the individual. The museums and institutions allow for groups and communities to tell their story to others through their own words to those outside of the community. The objects though, are not the most important part about the museum/institution itself, but rather the stories that are found within the museum/institution are the more important aspect of it.

In the Anna Catalan article is about how western museums create an open forum in which individuals are able to recollect and discuss about the formation of identity. Museums are a vital outlet for the process of remembering the past and the forward movement into the future. History and memory are two separate aspects within the museum; history is based on written evidence which can be showcased while memory is based on oral accounts that create a more personal relationship.

In Paul Basu’s article, his main focus is about the issue of transnational museological relationality and responsibility in the context of Sierra Leonean cultural heritage. He draws upon the vocabulary that is associated with the migration of transnational and cultural flow of Sierra Leon. Museums though, are highly localized but due to the increase in digital flow and with the internet, it is creating a highly globalized version of museums.

Each of these authors take a highly different approach to their topics, giving each one an interesting perspective to the topic. With Elaine’s article, it was about how museums and institutions allow for the ability of letting stories being told through objects. While in Anna’s article it’s about the formation of identity and Paul’s article about the globalization of the museum. All the authors had good examples in which people can now go to a museum and have a different perspective on what they see when they see objects in museums or institutions. However in Paul’s article it was slightly confusing to keep with the readings while in Anna’s and Elaine’s it was much more easier to read along.

1. How has these readings change the way you now view items in person vs when you see them online

2. Can the digitalization of objects devalue the worth of a object

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