Museum Studies

Museum Studies


Interviews with authors and scholars about new books in museum studies.

Laura Helton, "Scattered and Fugitive Things: How Black Collectors Created Archives and Remade History" (Columbia UP, 2024)

May 22, 2024

Scattered and Fugitive Things

Laura Helton
Hosted by Jen Hoyer

During the first half of the twentieth century, a group of collectors and creators dedicated themselves to documenting the history of African American…

Rubina Raja, "Shaping Archaeological Archives: Dialogues Between Fieldwork, Museum Collections, and Private Archives" (Brepols, 2023)

May 19, 2024

Shaping Archaeological Archives

Rubina Raja
Hosted by Hallel Yadin

Archaeology as a discipline has undergone significant changes over the past decades, in particular concerning best practices for how to handle the vas…

Sarah A. Bendall, "Shaping Femininity: Foundation Garments, the Body and Women in Early Modern England" (Bloomsbury, 2021)

April 28, 2024

Shaping Femininity

Sarah A. Bendall
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In sixteenth and seventeenth-century England, the female silhouette underwent a dramatic change. This very structured form, created using garments cal…

Ariella Aisha Azoulay, "Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism" (Verso, 2019)

April 28, 2024

Potential History

Ariella Aisha Azoulay

Ariella Aisha Azoulay argues that the institutions that make our world, from archives and museums to ideas of sovereignty and human rights to history …

Natalia Grincheva and Elizabeth Stainforth, "Geopolitics of Digital Heritage" (Cambridge UP, 2024)

April 27, 2024

Geopolitics of Digital Heritage

Natalia Grincheva and Elizabeth Stainforth
Hosted by Dave O'Brien

How are digital platforms transforming heritage? In Geopolitics of Digital Heritage (Cambridge UP, 2023), Dr Natalia Grincheva, Program Leader of the …

Danielle Taschereau Mamers, "Settler Colonial Ways of Seeing: Documentation, Administration, and the Interventions of Indigenous Art" (Fordham UP, 2023)

April 23, 2024

Settler Colonial Ways of Seeing

Danielle Taschereau Mamers
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

How do bureaucratic documents create and reproduce a state’s capacity to see? What kinds of worlds do documents help create? Further, how might such d…

Rose Miron, "Indigenous Archival Activism: Mohican Interventions in Public History and Memory" (U Minnesota Press, 2024)

April 18, 2024

Indigenous Archival Activism

Rose Miron
Hosted by Jen Hoyer

The past several decades have seen a massive shift in debates over who owns and has the right to tell Native American history and stories. For centuri…

Grazia Ingravalle, "Archival Film Curatorship: Early and Silent Cinema from Analog to Digital" (Amsterdam UP, 2024)

April 12, 2024

Archival Film Curatorship

Grazia Ingravalle
Hosted by Jen Hoyer

Archival Film Curatorship: Early and Silent Cinema from Analog to Digital (Amsterdam UP, 2023) is the first book-length study that investigates film a…

Heather Akou, "On the Job: A History of American Work Uniforms" (Bloomsbury, 2024)

March 21, 2024

On the Job

Heather Akou
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Through a variety of archival documents, artefacts, illustrations, and references to primary and secondary literature, On the Job: A History of Americ…

Mpho Ngoepe and Sindiso Bhebhe, "Indigenous Archives in Postcolonial Contexts: Recalling the Pasts" (Routledge, 2024)

March 2, 2024

Indigenous Archives in Postcolonial Contexts

Mpho Ngoepe and Sindiso Bhebhe
Hosted by Jen Hoyer

Mpho Ngoepe and Sindiso Bhebhe's Indigenous Archives in Postcolonial Contexts: Recalling the Pasts (Routledge, 2024) revisits the definition of a reco…

Pablo Alonso González, "Cuban Cultural Heritage: A Rebel Past for a Revolutionary Nation" (UP of Florida, 2018)

February 16, 2024

Cuban Cultural Heritage

Pablo Alonso González
Hosted by Katie Coldiron

Cuban Cultural Heritage: A Rebel Past for a Revolutionary Nation (UP of Florida, 2018) explores the role that cultural heritage and museums played in …

Robert R. Janes, "Museums and Societal Collapse: The Museum as Lifeboat" (Routledge, 2023)

January 2, 2024

Museums and Societal Collapse

Robert R. Janes

Who do you turn to at the brink of the apocalypse? What might help us to mitigate the financial, commercial, political, social, and cultural collapse …

Jelena Subotić, "Yellow Star, Red Star: Holocaust Remembrance after Communism" (Cornell UP, 2019)

January 1, 2024

Yellow Star, Red Star

Jelena Subotić
Hosted by Steven Seegel

In her new book Yellow Star, Red Star: Holocaust Remembrance after Communism (Cornell University Press, 2019) Jelena Subotić asks why Holocaust memory…

Denise Y. Ho, "Curating Revolution: Politics on Display in Mao's China" (Cambridge UP, 2017)

December 30, 2023

Curating Revolution

Denise Y. Ho
Hosted by Carla Nappi

“In Mao’s China, to curate revolution was to make it material.” Denise Y. Ho’s new book explores this premise in a masterful account of exhibitionary…

Douglas Hunter, "Beardmore: The Viking Hoax That Rewrote History" (McGill-Queen's UP, 2018)

December 30, 2023


Douglas Hunter
Hosted by Ryan Tripp

In 1936, long before the discovery of the Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows, the Royal Ontario Museum made a sensational acquisition: the conten…

David R. Brigham, "Two Hundred Years: The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1824-2024" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2023)

December 25, 2023

Two Hundred Years

David R. Brigham
Hosted by Jen Hoyer

Home to the first two drafts of the U.S. Constitution, an original printer’s proof of the Declaration of Independence, and the earliest surviving Amer…

Yael A. Sternhell, "War on Record: The Archive and the Afterlife of the Civil War" (Yale UP, 2023)

December 23, 2023

War on Record

Yael A. Sternhell
Hosted by Hallel Yadin

Yael A. Sternhell's War on Record: The Archive and the Aftermath of the Civil War (Yale University Press, 2023) is a history of the United States' gre…

Saving the Brontë Birthplace

December 19, 2023

Saving the Brontë Birthplace

Christa Ackroyd and Steve Stanworth
Hosted by Duncan McCargo

Where were the Brontë sisters actually born? If this was a quiz question, most people would give the wrong answer. Even standard books on the Brontë f…

Simone Gigliotti, "Restless Archive: The Holocaust and the Cinema of the Displaced" (Indiana UP, 2023)

December 16, 2023

Restless Archive

Simone Gigliotti
Hosted by Hallel Yadin

The global refugee, the ship passenger, the displaced person. How did their homeseeking routes and visual motifs intersect and diverge in the earl…

Abigail Bainbridge, "Conservation of Books" (Routledge, 2023)

December 15, 2023

Conservation of Books

Abigail Bainbridge
Hosted by Jen Hoyer

Editor Abigail Bainbridge and contributing author Sonja Schwoll join this discussion of Conservation of Books (Routledge 2023), the highly anticipated…