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From Nordisk Museologi 2016 • 2, s. 3–19

Bodil Axelsson & Karl-Emil Åkerö *

Title: LHBTQI perspectives and cultural heritage. Aspects of selection, consideration
and adaptation

Abstract: Today museums strive to include LHBTQI perspectives in exhibitions
and audience development, as well as in the collections. This article is an attempt
to explore three cases of archiving LHBTQI memories and experiences. We use a
broad definition of “archiving” to also include digital collections, exhibitions and
social media so as to investigate different approaches. The first case we approach is
the website Unstraight Museum where we bring to the surface the ways in which its
digital collection creates a collective memory, makes LHBTQI experiences visible
and queer the official heritage. Our second case is the Museum of World Culture’s
exhibition Playground. Here we bring the attention to the ways in which curatorial
themes such as love and family invite straight people to identify with unstraight
experiences. Our last case is activists’ blogs at the web platform Tumblr, which we
here view as an archive, waiting to be explored by cultural historians. For now it is
temporary and ephemeral, in two respects. Firstly, the flows are constantly updated
and thereby changing. Secondly, there is no guarantee that posts and accounts will
be saved for the future.

Keywords: museums, LHBTQI, archiving, queer, ephemeral, unstraight, Tumblr.

* Bodil Axelsson, fil.dr,. biträdande professor

Adresse: ISAK/KSM, Linköpings universitet, SE-601 74 Norrköping, Sverige

E-mail: bodil.axelsson@liu.se

* Karl-Emil Åkerö, fil.mag., fil.master

Adresse: ISAK/KSM, Linköpings universitet, SE-601 74 Norrköping, Sverige

E-mail: emil.akero@hotmail.com

From Nordisk Museologi 2016 • 2, s. 20–40

Anna Karina Kjeldsen & Line Schmeltz *

Title: A study of name changes among Danish museums

Abstract: In recent years, Danish museums have experienced ideological, political
and structural changes. Simultaneously, a wave of name changes has swept over
the field. From a branding perspective, the change and choice of new name can be
understood as an attempt to stand out from the group of museums. Conversely,
from an institutional perspective, the name change can be perceived as a way to
claim membership of the transformed museum landscape. This paper presents a
study of ten public museums that have all recently changed their names. Findings
suggest that name change is employed as a means to claim category, territory but
also distinctiveness. Further, the study reveals different practices regarding the use
of the term “museum”, with practical implications for a museum name change as
a way to communicate a balance between fitting in and standing out.

Key words: Museum names, institutional theory, corporate identity, corporate
branding, strategic communication, multiple case study.

* Anna Karina Kjeldsen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Address: Aarhus University, Aarhus BSS, School of Business and
Social Sciences, Centre for Corporate Communication, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4,
DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

E-mail: Annakk@bcom.au.dk

* Line Schmeltz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Address: Aarhus University, Aarhus BSS, School of Business and
Social Sciences, Centre for Corporate Communication, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4,
DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

E-mail: Ls@bcom.au.dk

From Nordisk Museologi 2016 • 2, s. 41–59

Sigurd Solhaug Nielsen *

Title: An explorative study of students’ experiences with the exhibition
A World at Stake

Abstract: This article focuses on students’ experiences with A World at Stake, an
interactive exhibition inspired by the United Nations Millennium Development
Goals. The research aim of the study was to explore factors contributing to
students’ curiosity-evoking capacities for global poverty and inequality, with a
particular emphasis on experiences of mastery. The research was based on a survey
conducted at Glomdalsmuseet in Norway among students aged 9–17 years (n =
1094). The data analysis was performed using quantitative methodology analysis
in IBM SPSS version 20. Results indicate that students’ interests in social and
natural environments, and their sense of responsibility and participation, seem to
stimulate curiosity. In particular, students’ experiences of mastery in the exhibition
are positively associated with their curiosity-evoking capacities.

Key words: Mastery, global poverty, science centre pedagogy, curiosity
stimulation, quantitative methodology.

* Sigurd Solhaug Nielsen

Adresse: Department of Geography, NTNU – Norwegian University of Science
and Technology, NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway

Hedmark University College, P.O. Box 400, NO-2418 Elverum, Norway

E-mail: Sigurd.nielsen@ntnu.no

From Nordisk Museologi 2016 • 2, s. 60–77

Suzie Thomas & Eerika Koskinen-Koivisto *

Title: Representations of the Lapland War in Finnish museums

Abstract: Museums decide which events and perspectives to privilege over others
in their exhibitions. In the context of “difficult” or “dark” histories – in which the
subject matter might be painful, controversial or in some other way challenging
for one or more community or interest groups to reconcile with – some events
may be marginalized or ignored. This may also happen due to official narratives
diverting attention to other events that have come to be seen as more “important”
or worthy of discussion. We explore the ways that information about the Lapland
War (1944–1945) is incorporated into permanent exhibitions at five Finnish
museums: the Provincial Museum of Lapland; Siida – the National Museum of the
Finnish Sámi; the Gold Prospector Museum; the Military Museum of Finland; and
the Finnish Airforce Museum. Despite the significant social and environmental
upheavals brought about by the brief but destructive conflict, it seems surprisingly
rarely addressed.1

Key words: Dark heritage, dark tourism, difficult histories, exhibition analysis,
Second World War, Lapland War, Sámi heritage, military history.

* Suzie Thomas, PhD, Project Researcher

Adresse: Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies,
FI-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland


E-mail: suzie.e.thomas@helsinki.fi

* Eerika Koskinen-Koivisto, FT, Project Researcher

Adresse: Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies,
FI-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland

http://tuhat.halvi.helsinki.fi/portal/en/person/ eerkoski

E-mail: eerika.koskinen-koivisto@helsinki.fi

From Nordisk Museologi 2016 • 2, s. 78–94

Line Hjorth Christensen *

Title: Curating the poster. An environmental strategy for curating posters and
graphic design

Abstract: This article investigates the change of context and meaning making
process that occurs when posters are turned into objects for curatorial practice.
Based on historical and recent examples of poster exhibitions it suggests a
scheme for curatorial work in regard to posters and graphic design lending
from phenomenologically and materially orientated theories that give priority
to sensorial aspects of the exhibition media. Further it introduces the concept
“counterability” (da.: “gengældelse”, “modydelse”) as a tool for discussing how
posters’ dependency on the living environments can be transferred for curatorial
purposes. Finally, the concept is discussed in regard to the exhibition Spot On!
British Posters of the Interwar Years which in 2015 was held at the Danish Poster
Museum in Den Gamle By (The Old Town) in Aarhus.

Keywords: Posters, graphic design, curating, exhibition, environments, poster

* Line Hjorth Christensen, ph.d., lektor, redaktør af tidsskriftet Danske Museer

Adresse: Institut for Nordiske Studier og Sprogvidenskab
Københavns Universitet, Njalsgade 120, DK-2300 København S, Danmark

E-mail: lhc@hum.ku.dk

From Nordisk Museologi 2016 • 2, s. 95–104

Charlotte Præstegaard Schwartz *

Title: Curatorial strategies developed in perspective of the institutional critique
of the 1960s and 1970s

Abstract: This project description presents a curatorial practice that is part
of a post.doc. investigating the contemporary cultural and political focus on
participatory agendas. The curatorial practice takes a critical stand towards this
focus, and suggests exhibition formats and educational strategies that address
participation as critical reflection. The research unfolds in two exhibitions dealing
with some of the notable tendencies within contemporary museological and
curatorial studies, where museum and exhibition spaces are not considered as
spaces of showcasing or conservation of art, but on the contrary are perceived as
active spaces of production. Referring to Doreen Massey’s seminal work For Space –
first published in 2005 – art spaces are thought of as a product of interrelations and
recognised as always being under construction. In the research project institutional
critique from the 1960s and 1970s avant-gardes is used as an analytical approach
and as a method of spatial and political criticism and articulation that can be
applied not only to the art world, but to spaces and institutions in general, which
is a point made by Simon Sheikh. The two exhibitions are not to be considered as
institutional critique, but as critical exchanges with and about contemporary art.
The exhibitions are made in collaboration with two non-commercial art spaces in
Copenhagen and will be on show in the spring of 2017.

Keywords: Art history, curatorial studies, museology, the spatial turn, institutional
critique, production, immaterial value, participatory agendas.

* Charlotte Præstegaard Schwartz, ph.d., post.doc.

Adresse: Syddansk Universitet, Campusvej 55, DK-5230 Odense M, Danmark

E-mail: cpsc@sdu.dk

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