Trading in Cultural Difference: Diversity and Self-representation at the Liverpool Regional Museum

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Show simple item record Peach, Ricardo en_US 2009-12-21T02:39:58Z 2009-12-21T02:39:58Z 2005 en_US
dc.identifier 2005002668 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Peach, R. 2002 'Trading in Cultural Difference: Diversity and Self-representation at the Liverpool Regional Museum', Open Museum Journal, vol. 7, pp. 786-792. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1443-5144 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.description.abstract In this paper I discuss the strategies developed by the Liverpool Regional Museum in conjunction with the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, to engage with the diverse communities of their region. The case studies analysed offer specific, localised inflections of issues that arose from trading in cultural difference. I suggest that some of the strategies developed by the Museum to assist in the trade of cultural difference include: - Prioritising diversity in the Business Plan and Museum policies; - Establishing community cultural development (ccd) processes for exhibitions; - Exhibiting Aboriginal and established non-Aboriginal histories in the region as well as showcasing emerging communities on a community-by-community basis; - Encouraging cross-cultural links; and - Initiating and developing intercultural projects where the dominant histories presented embrace a variety of groups including those historically marginalized because of issues such as gender, religion, sexuality, race, ethnicity, disability or class. Driving the development of these curatorial strategies was the need to both represent diversity and facilitate self-representation. Self-representation by communities did not automatically mean diversity was engaged with, given the various asymmetrical power relations at play. The interaction between the Museum and the communities in negotiating this dual discursive, resulted in what I term the co-representation of exhibitions. Co-representation acknowledges that complex interactions between museums and communities take place which affect the development and outcome of exhibitions. en_US
dc.publisher Curtin University of Technology and Australian Museums and Galleries OnLine (AMOL) en_US
dc.title Trading in Cultural Difference: Diversity and Self-representation at the Liverpool Regional Museum en_US
dc.parent Open Museum Journal en_US
dc.journal.volume 7 en_US
dc.journal.number en_US
dc.publocation Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 29 en_US FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 210200 en_US
dc.personcode 10225290 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US Curatorial and Related Studies en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US

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