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Museum Worlds: Advances in Research is a multidisciplinary, refereed, annual journal that publishes work that significantly advances knowledge of global trends, case studies, and theory relevant to museum practice and scholarship around the world.

Responding to the need for a rigorous, in-depth review of current work in its field, Museum Worlds: Advances in Research contributes to the ongoing formation of Museum Studies as an academic and practical area of research that is rapidly expanding and alive with potential, opportunity, and challenge that parallels the rapid growth of museums in just about every part of the world.

Museum Worlds aims to trace and comment on major regional, theoretical, methodological, and topical themes and debates, and to encourage comparison of museum theories, practices, and developments in different global settings. Each issue includes a conversation piece on a current topic, as well as peer-reviewed scholarly articles and review articles, book and exhibition reviews, and news on developments in museum studies and related curricula in different parts of the world. Drawing on the expertise and networks of a global Editorial Board of senior scholars and museum practitioners, the journal both challenges and develops the core concepts that link different disciplinary perspectives on museums by bringing new voices into ongoing debates and discussions. Articles are of exceptional quality and general interest from around the world.

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Current Issue

Volume 5, 2017

I. SPECIAL SECTION: RITUAL REPATRIATION

Guest Editors: Laura Peers, Lotten Gustafsson Reinius, and Jennifer Shannon

Introduction: Repatriation and Ritual, Repatriation as Ritual
Laura Peers, Lotten Gustafsson Reinius, and Jennifer Shannon

Articles

The Magic of Bureaucracy: Repatriation as Ceremony
Laura Peers

The Three Burials of Aslak Hætta and Mons Somby: Repatriation Narratives and Ritual Performances
Stein R. Mathisen

Unpacking the Museum Register: Institutional Memories of the Potlatch Collection Repatriation
Emma Louise Knight

Tlingit Repatriation in Museums: Ceremonies of Sovereignty
Aldona Jonaitis

Hopi Renewal and (Ritualized) Performance under American Law
Helen A. Robbins and Leigh Kuwanwisiwma

The Ritual Labour of Reconciliation: An Autoethnography of a Return of Human Remains
Lotten Gustafsson Reinius

Ritual Processes of Repatriation: A Discussion
Edited by Jennifer Shannon

Contributors: Sonya Atalay; Jisgang, Nika Collison; Te Herekiekie Herewini; Eric Hollinger; Michelle Horwood; Robert W. Preucel; Anthony Shelton; and Paul Tapsell

II. SPECIAL SECTION: ENGAGING ANTHROPOLOGICAL LEGACIES

Guest Editors: Sharon Macdonald, Henrietta Lidchi, and Margareta von Oswald

Introduction: The Burdens and Potentials of the Past—Engaging Anthropological Legacies toward Cosmo-optimistic Futures?
Sharon Macdonald, Henrietta Lidchi, and Margareta von Oswald

Articles

Reassembling The Social Organization: Museums, Collaboration and Digital Media in the Making and Remaking of Franz Boas’s 1897 Monograph
Aaron Glass, Judith Berman, and Rainer Hatoum

Sharing Knowledge as a Step toward an Epistemological Pluralization of the Museum
Andrea Scholz

Online Documents of India’s Past: Digital Archives and Memory Production
Katja Müller

“We Owe a Historical Debt to No One”: The Rehabilitation and Mobilization of Photographic Images from a Museum Collection by Kachin Youth
Helen Mears

Conjunctures and Convergences: Remaking the World Cultures Displays at the National Museum of Scotland
Henrietta Lidchi

Engaging Dialogues: Re-framing Africa at the Royal Ontario Museum
Silvia Forni

Decolonizing Research, Cosmo-optimistic Collaboration? Making Object Biographies
Margareta von Oswald and Verena Rodatus

III. REPORT

Art of Solidarity, International Slavery Museum, Liverpool
David Fleming

IV. EXHIBITIONS

Exhibition Review Essays

Listen Hear: The Art of Sound (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston)
Sheila K. Hoffman

Distressed Walls and Flânering: The Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016
Sarita Sundar

Exhibition Reviews

Louvre No. 9: Manga, the 9th Art (Tokyo, Fukuoka, and Nagoya)
Masaaki Morishita

Ikunde, Barcelona, Colonial Metropolis (Museum of World Cultures Barcelona)
Fabien Van Geert

Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration (Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia)
Sharon Ann Holt

World War I and American Art (Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, New York, and Nashville)
Sharon Ann Holt

V. BOOKS

Book Review Essay

Steve BROWN, Steve, Anne CLARKE, and Ursula FREDERICK, eds., Object Stories: Artifacts and Archaeologists
Kylie Message

Book Reviews

Noriko ASO, Mariko, Public Properties: Public Properties: Museums in Imperial Japan
Masaaki Morishita

Nicholas THOMAS, Nicholas, The Return of Curiosity: What Museums Are Good for in the Twenty-First Century
Conal McCarthy

Gail Dexter LORD, Gail Dexter, and Ngaire BLANKENBERG, eds., Cities, Museums and Soft Power
Lee Davidson

Reviews

Reviews of monographs, texts, fiction, references, performances, exhibits, any artifacts and items that may contribute to the teaching of, and understanding of, world history and global studies. Those who wish to propose a review project should contact the Chief Editor directly.

Ocean of Trade: South Asian Merchants, Africa and the Indian Ocean, c. 1750-1850. Pedro Machado. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. ISBN: 9781107070264 For Full Article Edited by Birgit Schneider (c) 2017 The Middle Ground Journal , Number 15, Fall, 2017. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal's not-for-profit educational read more »


Beijing’s Power and China’s Borders: Twenty Neighbors in Asia. Bruce A. Elleman, Stephen Kotkin, and Clive Schofield, eds. Armonk, NY and London, England: Routledge , 2013. ISBN: 9780765627643 For Full Article Edited by Karen Rosenflanz (c) 2017 The Middle Ground Journal , Number 15, Fall, 2017. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines read more »


The Indian Ocean: Oceanic Connections and the Creation of New Societies. Abdul Sheriff and Engseng Ho, eds.  London: Hurst & Company, 2014. ISBN-10: 1849044260 For Full Article Edited by Martin Pflug (c) 2017 The Middle Ground Journal , Number 15, Fall, 2017. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal's read more »


Voices from the Shifting Russo-Japanese Border: Karafuto/Sakhalin.   Svetlana Paichadze and  Philip Seaton. (eds.) Abingdon: Routledge, 2015.  ISBN: 9781138804784 For Full Article Edited by Martin Pflug (c) 2017 The Middle Ground Journal , Number 15, Fall, 2017. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal's not-for-profit educational open-access policy. read more »


Africanizing Democracies: 1980-Present.   Alicia Decker and Andrea Arrington.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.  ISBN: 9780199915392 For Full Article Edited by Ashley Dressel (c) 2017 The Middle Ground Journal , Number 15, Fall, 2017. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal's not-for-profit educational open-access policy. read more »


European Slave Trading in the Indian Ocean, 1500-1850. Richard B. Allen. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780821421079 For Full Article Edited by Birgit Schneider (c) 2017 The Middle Ground Journal , Number 15, Fall, 2017. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal's not-for-profit educational open-access policy. read more »


Eurasian: Mixed Identities in the United States, China, and Hong Kong, 1842—1943. Emma Jinhua Teng. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780520276277 For Full Article Edited by Karen Rosenflanz (c) 2017 The Middle Ground Journal , Number 15, Fall, 2017. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal's not-for-profit read more »


Indian Voices: Listening to Native Americans. Alison Owings. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2012. ISBN: 9780813549651 For Full Article Edited by Sarah R. Hamilton (c) 2017 The Middle Ground Journal , Number 15, Fall, 2017. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal's not-for-profit educational open-access policy. read more »


Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade. Gabrielle Hecht. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2012. ISBN: 9780262017268     In common usage and popular understanding, the term “nuclear” tends to be closely associated with power plants, bombs, radioactive medicine, and other high-visibility technologies wielded by the world’s most powerful industrialized read more »


Rice: Global Networks and New Histories. Bray, Francesca, Peter A. Coclanis, Edda L. Fields-Black, and Dagmar Schäfer, eds. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. ISBN: 9781107044395 In recent years, historians have increasingly come to recognize the value of studies of commodities, with particular emphasis being placed upon foodstuffs. Beyond the read more »


The World Hunt: An Environmental History of the Commodification of Animals. John F. Richards. Berkeley: The University of California Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780520282537 This publication is an interesting selection for the California World History series. The four chapters included in the book were originally published in a large, synthetic environmental read more »


Chinese and Japanese Films on the Second World War. Edited by King-fai Tam, Timothy Y. Tsu, and Sandra Wilson. Oxon and NY: Routledge, 2015. ISBN: 9781138791039 China and Japan engaged in a prolonged war called the Sino-Japanese War from 1937 to 1945. In world history this conflict is often understood read more »


Crude Reality: Petroleum in World History.   Brian C. Black. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2012. ISBN: 9780742556333 In Crude Reality, historian Brian Black argues that oil is a “terribly irrational resource” (p. 67). The complex fluid geology of oil deposits, its immense stored chemical energy, and the read more »


A Global History of War: From Assyria to the Twenty-First Century. Gérard Chaliand. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780520283619 The title of Gérard Chaliand’s book, A Global History of War, promises more than the book offers. The book does not examine warfare around the globe, nor does it read more »


From Development to Dictatorship: Bolivia and the Alliance for Progress in the Kennedy Era. Thomas Field, Jr. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2014.  ISBN: 9780801452604 History does not repeat itself but it sure rhymes, as the old adage says.  Indeed, old strategies are resurfacing in the wake of modern threats from read more »


Migration and New Media: Transnational Families and Polymedia. Mirca Madianou and Daniel Miller. Oxon, UK: Routledge, 2012. ISBN: 9780415679282      In their work Migration and New Media: Transnational Families and Polymedia, Mirca Madianou and Daniel Miller combine their ethnographic research with Filipino migrant parents and their children with a read more »


Empires of Coal: Fueling China’s Entry into the Modern World Order, 1860-1920. Shellen Xiao Wu. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2015. ISBN: 9780804792844 In recent years, “China in the world” has become a new buzz word in both research works and innovative curricula. This new theme calls for research not on read more »


The Third Asiatic Invasion: Empire and Migration in Filipino America, 1898-1946. Rick Baldoz. New York: New York University Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780841791097 The United States prefers to ignore its history as a colonial power, conquering the Philippines as well as several other Spanish possessions in the Pacific and the Caribbean read more »


Migration: A World History. Michael Fisher. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780199764334 The stated goal of Michael Fisher’s Migration, part of the larger Oxford New World History series, is to move away from “old” ways of approaching world history. As the editors of the series clearly read more »


Ottoman-Iranian Borderlands: Making a Boundary, 1843-1914. Sabri Ates. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. ISBN: 9781107033658    This work offers a well-researched study of the border areas between the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) and Iran focused on the period from the middle of the 19th century until the first part of the 20th read more »


Violent Intermediaries: African Soldiers, Conquest, and Everyday Colonialism in German East Africa. Michelle Moyd. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780821420898 This is a social history of the German colonial army, the Schutztruppe, in German East Africa (GEA), from its hasty creation in 1889 until its disbandment at the end read more »


Hacking the Academy: New Approaches to Scholarship and Teaching from Digital Humanities. Daniel J. Cohen & Tom Scheinfeldt, Eds. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2015. ISBN: 9780472051984 Digital humanities is a popular buzz word which has been increasingly used in various institutions of higher education over the past few read more »


Islam, Orientalism and Intellectual History: Modernity and the Politics of Exclusion since Ibn Khaldun. Mohammad Salama. London: I.B. Tauris, 2013. ISBN: 9781780764504 This book examines the relationship between Islam and the West from the point of view of intellectual history during the Enlightenment, colonialism, and the postcolonial era. As Salama read more »


Loci Sacri: Understanding Sacred Places. T.Coomans, H. De Dijn, J. De Maeyer, R. Heynickx, and B. Verschaffel (eds.)  Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2012. ISBN: 9789058678423 As a historian of Africa and as a teacher of world history, I am very intrigued by the subject of sacred spaces as a way read more »


A Short History of Film: Second Edition.   Wheeler Winston Dixon and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster.  New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2013.  ISBN: 9780813560557 Wheeler Winston Dixon and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster’s A Short History of Film provides an excellent starting point into the study of film history.  The work read more »


Imagic Moments: Indigenous North American Film. Lee Schweninger. London: The University of Georgia Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780820345154 Lee Schweninger’s book Imagic Moments: Indigenous North American Film is the latest text to examine the cinematic achievements of Aboriginal directors and actors in the rich and increasingly popular field of North American read more »


Gender and the Negotiation of Daily Life in Mexico, 1750-1856. Sonya Lipsett-Rivera. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2012. ISBN: 9780803238336 Sonya Lipsett-Rivera opens Gender and the Negotiation of Daily Life in Mexico with the assertion that “on a day-to-day basis the aspects of life that most preoccupied people were not read more »


The Feedback Loop: Historians Talk about the Links between Research and Teaching. Antoinette M. Burton, et. al. eds. Washington, D.C: The American Historical Association, 2013. ISBN: 9780872292011 Explaining what I do as a historian is often a difficult task. Much of society -- many of my students included – assume read more »


Inka Human Sacrifice and Mountain Worship: Strategies for Empire Unification. Thomas Besom. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780826353078 The consolidation of the Inka Empire in only 90 years, for Thomas Besom, is one of the most exceptional events in South American history.  Most scholars in the field, read more »


Excavating Modernity: The Roman Past in Fascist Italy. Joshua Arthurs. New York: Cornell University Press, 2012. ISBN: 9780801449987     Throughout contemporary academic spheres, recent discourse revolving around the history of Fascism has turned towards the regime’s vision of modernism. According to Excavating Modernity, the implication of said scholarly approach necessitates read more »


Mark My Words: Native Women Mapping Our Nations. Mishuana Goeman. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780816677900 Mishuana Goeman’s Mark My Words: Native Women Mapping Our Nations challenges readers to think about how indigenous North American women’s writing creates maps and spaces that complement and counter colonial, patriarchal, conventionally-considered read more »


Chieftains into Ancestors: Imperial Expansion and Indigenous Society in Southwest China. David Faure and Ho Ts’ui-p’ing, editors. Vancouver and Toronto: University of British Columbia Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780774823692     The scholars whose essays appear in this volume all attempt, in one way or another, to provide a history of southern read more »


The Cuban Revolution: Origins Course and Legacy, 3d ed. Marifeli Pérez-Stable. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. ISBN: 9780195367089 The Cuban Revolution holds a significant historical place in defining the contours of a society that moved from slavery, through colony, into Cold War, and now into a new global order. read more »


A History of Early Southeast Asia: Maritime Trade and Societal Development, 100-1500. Kenneth R. Hall. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2011. ISBN: 9780742567610 In A History of Early Southeast Asia: Maritime Trade and Societal Development, 100-1500, historian Kenneth Hall offers a useful overview of Southeast Asian history in the era read more »


The Ransom of the Soul: Afterlife and Wealth in Early Western Christianity.   Peter Brown.  Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2015.  ISBN: 9780674967588 This essay is a part of our series, Using Book Reviews as a Teaching Tool – University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Department of History -- for read more »


Ends of Empire: Asian American Critique and the Cold War. Jodi Kim. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780816655922 American interventions in East Asia, Cold War epistemology, and Asian American cultural productions all receive due reconsideration of their interrelationships in Jodi Kim’s 2010 monograph, Ends of Empire. In this read more »


Divided Rule: Sovereignty and Empire in French Tunisia, 1881-1938. Mary Dewhurst Lewis. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780520279155 This essay is a part of our series, Using Book Reviews as a Teaching Tool – University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Department of History -- for read more »


Jack Johnson, Rebel Sojourner: Boxing in the Shadow of the Global Color Line. Theresa Runstedtler. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2012. ISBN: 9780520280113 This essay is a part of our series, Using Book Reviews as a Teaching Tool – University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Department of History -- read more »


Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War. Ari Kelman and Jonathan Fetter-Vorm.  New York: Hill and Wang, 2015.  ISBN: 9780809094745 This essay is a part of our series, Using Book Reviews as a Teaching Tool – University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Department of History -- for more read more »


Revolutions Without Borders: The Call to Liberty in the Atlantic World. Janet Polasky. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2015. ISBN: 9780300208948 This essay is a part of our series, Using Book Reviews as a Teaching Tool – University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Department of History -- for more read more »


An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Boston, Massachusetts: Beacon Press Books, 2014. ISBN: 9780807057834 This essay is a part of our series, Using Book Reviews as a Teaching Tool – University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Department of History -- for more information, please see HERE. read more »


Inventing Exoticism: Geography, Globalism, and Europe’s Early Modern World. Benjamin Schmidt. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. ISBN: 9780812246469 This essay is a part of our series, Using Book Reviews as a Teaching Tool – University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Department of History -- for more information, please see read more »


Theatre and the State in Singapore: Orthodoxy and Resistance. Terence Chong. New York: Routledge, 2011. ISBN: 9780415584487 As art proves to be a foundational component of culture, interrogating the institution of art sheds light on a culture’s identity. In the detailed and focused cultural study, Theatre and the State of read more »


Borrowed Light: Vico, Hegel, and the Colonies. Timothy Brennan. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780804790543 This essay is a part of our series, Using Book Reviews as a Teaching Tool – University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Department of History -- for more information, please see HERE. Timothy Brennan’s read more »


Genocide Lives in Us: Women, Memory, and Silence in Rwanda. Jennie E. Burnet. Madison:  University of Wisconsin Press, 2012.  ISBN: 9780299286446 In this captivating story of one of the greatest travesties thrust upon the world, Jennie E. Burnet’s work on Rwanda, and the impact of its 1994 genocide casts its read more »


Edible Histories, Cultural Politics: Towards a Canadian Food History. Ranca Iacovetta, Valerie J. Korinek, Mariene Epp, eds. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012. ISBN: 9781442644762 (bound) ISBN: 9781442612839 (pbk.) Born out of a 2008 workshop funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and held at Conrad Grebel University read more »


History and Popular Memory: The Power of Story in Moments of Crisis. Paul A. Cohen. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780231166362 This essay is a part of our series, Using Book Reviews as a Teaching Tool – University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Department of History -- read more »


Ambivalent Encounters: Childhood, Tourism, and Social Change in Banaras, India. Jenny Huberman. New Brunswick, NJ and London: Rutgers University Press, 2012. ISBN: 9780813554068     Jenny Huberman, an anthropologist, provides us with an apt ethnographic study on children, tourism, and the place of power in working class life. Her place of read more »


Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World. Gary Wilder. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2015. ISBN: 9780822358503 This essay is a part of our series, Using Book Reviews as a Teaching Tool – University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Department of History -- for more information, read more »


Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution. Kathleen Du Val. New York: Random House, 2015. ISBN: 9781400068951 This essay is a part of our series, Using Book Reviews as a Teaching Tool – University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Department of History -- for more information, please read more »


Cosmopolitan Africa: 1700–1875. Trevor R. Getz. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780199764709 In the late nineteenth century, European leaders such as Jules Ferry, the Prime Minister of France, and Joseph Chamberlain, the British Secretary of State for the Colonies, believed the West had a duty to civilize Africans. read more »


Empire’s Children: Child Emigration, Welfare, and the Decline of the British World, 1869-1967. Ellen Boucher. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. ISBN: 9781107041387 This essay is a part of our series, Using Book Reviews as a Teaching Tool – University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Department of History -- for read more »


Teaching Africa: A Guide for the 21st-Century Classroom.   Brandon D. Lundy and Solomon Negash.  Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2013.   ISBN: 9780253008213     Teaching about Africa in the American university system can be a daunting task.  Students typically arrive to campus with little knowledge of the continent, its read more »


Before Orientalism: Asian Peoples and Cultures in European Travel Writing, 1245-1510. Kim M. Phillips. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780812245486 This essay is a part of our series, Using Book Reviews as a Teaching Tool – University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Department of History -- for more read more »


Colonial Africa, 1884–1994. Dennis Laumann. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. ISBN: 9780199796397 Over the past 5–10 years, African Studies pedagogy has benefited immensely from publications in three book series designed for use in undergraduate classrooms: Ohio Short Histories of Africa (Ohio Univ. Press & Jacana), Africa in World History read more »


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