On Museums and Nationalism | Medea Vox

Modern migration and globalization issues are forcing museums around the world to think about their role in society. Can they balance the pressures of nationalism and multiculturalism?

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Modern migration and globalization issues are forcing museums around the world to think about their role in society. For example, how open are museums really? Can they balance the pressures of nationalism and multiculturalism? What kinds of citizens are they trying to create?

These are questions asked by our guest, professor Peggy Levitt, in her recently published book Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display.

She joins us to discuss one of the biggest and most thorny issues in the museum world: diversification.

Host is Temi Odumosu, art historian and post-doctoral researcher in the Living Archives project at Malmö University. Guest is Peggy Levitt, Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at Wellesley College and Co-Director of Harvard University’s Transnational Studies Initiative.

Levitt’s new book, Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display, was published by the University of California Press in July 2015. Peggy Levitt also gave a keynote presentation at the Museums in Times of Migration and Mobility conference, hosted by Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare.

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