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Title: Unapologetically political and sociological : developing and renewing museum spaces
Other Titles: Capitalising on culture? Malta and the European capital of culture
Authors: Borg, Carmel
Mayo, Peter
Keywords: European Union countries -- Cultural policy
Culture -- Malta
National museums -- Malta
Community development -- Malta
Museums and community -- Malta
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Malta University Publishing
Citation: Borg, C., & Mayo, P. (2017). Unapologetically political and sociological : developing and renewing museum spaces. In V. A. Cremona (ed.), Capitalising on culture? Malta and the European capital of culture (pp. 111-125). Msida: Malta University Publishing.
Series/Report no.: Mediterranean Studies Series;1
Abstract: In the context of Malta’s Valletta 2018 commitment to maximise, popularise and ‘Europeanise’ its cultural spaces, this paper examines the role of national museum spaces in the contemporary era of cultural hybridity, liquidity (Bauman, 2000) and mobility. Departing from a critical pedagogical framework, the paper examines how ‘national’ cultural sites which have historically served to reproduce hegemonic ‘imagined communities’ (Anderson 1991), can be genuinely transformed into ‘ecologies of cognition’ (de Sousa Santos 2006). These are dynamic public spaces where cognitive justice and democracy are affirmed. The role of curators as mediators of knowledges and as adult educators within mainly state-sponsored institutions will be interrogated. Also problematised is the notion of ‘national’ and ‘permanent collection’ in a Maltese context which is dynamic and cosmopolitan. In the final analysis, this paper will contribute to the ongoing search for greater participation of the Maltese publics in the formulation of national imaginations through active engagement in museum experiences.
ISBN: 9789990944723
ISSN: 10163476
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