In this course, students explore a range of different approaches and issues in cultural politics and cultural theory as relevant to modern museum practices. Issues discussed will include post-colonial and post-structural responses to the museum as an institution; the artistic practice of institutional critique and its (paradoxical) absorption into museum practice; and the deployment of ritual and performance theories to analyse how museums function.
We will read authors such as Walter Benjamin, Michel Foucault, James Clifford, Tony Bennett, and Anthony Shelton, among others. The theoretical part of the course will be supported by discussions of case studies from South- and Meso-America, Indonesia and the Netherlands.
- Thorough knowledge of relevant theoretical approaches;
- Ability to critically analyse texts about the cultural field;
- Ability to apply cultural theories to museums and collections.
The course load will be distributed as follows:
- Lectures (2 ects);
- Literature (3 ects).
Course schedule details can be found in the MA time schedule.
Mode of instruction
- Written exam;
Exam dates can be found in the examination schedule.
- T. Bennett, The Birth of Museums. (1995);
- Articles, to be determined.
Exchange and Study Abroad students: please see the Prospective Students website for information on how to apply.
Contractonderwijs: all information (costs, registration, entry requirements etc.) for those who are interested in taking this course as a Contractstudent is on the Contractonderwijs Archeologie webpage (in Dutch).