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Interpretations Reading List

Interpretations, 2021/22, Semester 1
Helen Graham
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Interpreting Cultures Reading List

The module handbook will set out essential and optional reading for each week.

*Abungu, G. O (2019) Museums: Geopolitics,Decolonisation, Globalisation and Migration, Museum International, 71:1-2, 62-71    

*Ames, M. (2003) ‘How to decorate a house: the renegotiation of cultural representation at the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology’, in Museums and source communities : a Routledge reader (eds) Peers, L.L, Brown, A. K. London: Routledge, pp. 171-180.    

Arnold, M. (1869) Culture and anarchy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Various editions are available from the library.

Bal, M. (1994) ‘Telling Objects: A Narrative Perspective on Collecting’, in Elsner and Cardinal, The cultures of collecting. London: Reaktion.

Baxandall, M. (1991) ‘Exhibiting Intention: Some Preconditions of the Visual Display of Culturally Purposeful Objects’ in Karp, I. and Levine, S. Exhibiting cultures : the poetics and politics of museum display. Washington & London: Smithsonian.

Berlant, L. and Stewart, K. (2019) The Hundreds. Duke University Press.

Bennett. T. (1998) Culture : a reformer's science. London: Sage.

Bennett, T. (2005) ‘Culture’ in New keywords : a revised vocabulary of culture and society. Oxford: Blackwells.

Bennett, T. (2005) ‘Civil Laboratories: Museums, cultural objecthood and the governance of the social’, Cultural studies., 19 (5) 521-547.

*Bennett, T. (2006) ‘Exhibition, Difference and the ‘logic of culture’’, in Museum frictions : public cultures/global transformations (eds) Karp, I., Kratz, C. A., Szwaja, L. and Ybarra-Frausto, T. Durham and London: Duke University Press, pp. 46-69.

Bennett, T. (2007) ‘Making Culture, Changing Society’, Cultural studies., 21 (4-5) 610-629.

Black, G. (2012) Transforming museums in the twenty-first century. London: Routledge.

Boast, R. (2011) ‘Neocolonial Collaboration: Museum as Contact Zone Revisited’, Museum Anthropology 34 (1): 56-70.

Bourdieu, P. and P. Darbel The love of art : European art museums and their public. (1990), (Chapters 2 and 4)

Carbonell, B. M. (ed.), Museum Studies: An Anthology of Contexts. Oxford and New Malden, MA: Blackwells, 2004.

Centre for Economic and Business Research (2007) Summary report: Attending heritage sites. A quantitative analysis of data from the Taking Part survey. Available at:

*Chakrabarty, D. (2019) Museums Between Globalisation and the Anthropocene, Museum International, 71:1-2, 12-19,

Clifford, J. (1988) ‘On Collecting Art and Culture’, in The predicament of culture : twentieth-century ethnography, literature, and art. Cambridge, Mass. ; London : Harvard University Press, 1988.

Clifford, J. (1997) Routes : travel and translation in the late twentieth century. Havard University Press: Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Coates, Ta-Nehisi (2015) Between the World and Me. London: Spiegel & Grau

Cooke, B. and Kothari, U. (eds) (2001) Participation, the new tyranny? London: Zed Books.

Cornwall, A. and Coelhp, V. S. (2007) Spaces for change? : the politics of citizen participation in new democratic arenas. London: Zed Books.

Dean, M. (1999) Governmentality: Power and Rule in Modern Society. London: Sage.

*DiAngela, R. (2018) White Fragility: Why it is so hard for white people to talk about racism. Boston : Beacon Press. Chapters 8 and 9.

Dibley, B. (2005) ‘The museum’s redemption: Contact zones, government and the limits of reform’, International journal of cultural studies. 8 (1), pp. 5-27

Dewey, J. Democracy and education : an introduction to the philosophy of education.. Various editions are available from the library.

Falk, J. H. and Dierking, L. D. (2002) Lessons without limit : how free-choice learning is transforming education. New York, AltaMira Press

*Falk, J H. and Lynn D. Dierking (2013) The Museum Experience Revisited. Left Coast Press.: Walnut Creek, California. Chapter 4.

*Falk, J. H., L. D. Dierking and M Adams (2006) ‘Living in a Learning Society: Museums and Free-choice Learning’. In S. MacDonald (editor), A Companion to Museum Studies, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing: pp323-339.

Freire, P. (1970) Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Seabury. Various editions are available from the library.

French J. (2020) Inclusive Curating in Contemporary Art: A Practical Guide. New edition. Arc Humanities Press.

Gallagher, M. (2008) ‘Foucault, Power and Participation’, International journal of children's rights., 16: 395-406.

Gallagher, M. (2008) ‘”Power is not an evil”: rethinking power in participatory methods’, Children's geographies., 6 (2): 137-150.

Goodley, D. (2014) Dis/ability studies : theorising disablism and ableism. London: Routledge.

Gray, C. (2008b) ‘Instrumental policies: causes, consequences, museums and galleries’, Cultural trends., 17:4, 209-222

*Gray, C. (2015) The Politics of Museums. London: Palgrave. Introduction  

Hardy, C. and M. Grenfell (2007) Art rules : Pierre Bourdieu and the visual arts.

*Hein, G. (1998) Learning in the museum. New York: Routledge (can be read online via the library). Chapter 2 ‘Education Theory’    

Hein, G. (2012) Progressive museum practice : John Dewey and democracy. Left Coast Press: Walnut Creek.

Hicks, D. (2021) The Brutish Museum: The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution London: Pluto Press. 

*Hopper-Greenhil, Eilean (2006) ‘Studying Visitors’ In S. MacDonald (editor), A Companion to Museum Studies. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing    

Hewison, R. (1987) The heritage industry : Britain in a climate of decline. Methuen: London. Various editions are available from the library.

Illich, I. (2002 [1973]) Deschooling Society. London: Marian Boyars. Various editions are available from the library.

Janes, R. R. and Sandell, R. (2019) (eds) Museum Activism, Routledge, London and New York.

Kolb, D. A. (1984) Experiential Learning: Experience as the source of learning and development (Englewood Cliffs, Prentice Hall). (until p. 38)

Kreps. C. (2019) Museums and Anthropology in the Age of Engagement. London: Routledge. introduction   

Lang, C., Reeve, J. and Woollard, V. (2006) The responsive museum : working with audiences in the twenty-first century. Ashgate: Aldershot.

Lowenthal. The past is a foreign country (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1985)

Lynch, B. (2011a) Whose cake is it anyway? A collaborative investigation into engagement and participation in 12 museums and galleries in the UK.

Available at:

Lynch, B. (2011b) ‘Collaboration, contestation, and creative conflict: On the efficacy of museum/community partnership‘ in The Routledge companion to museum ethics : redefining ethics for the twenty-first-century museum (ed) Marstine, J. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 146-163

*O’Neill, M. (2002) ‘The Good Enough Visitor’, in Richard Sandell (ed.) Museums, society, inequality. London: Routledge. Chapter 2.

McClellan, A. (ed.), Art and its publics : museum studies at the millennium. Oxford and New Malden, MA: Blackwells, 2003.

Macdonald, S. (2002) Behind the scenes at the Science Museum. Oxford: Blackwell.

Macdonald, S. (2003) ‘Museums, national, postnational and transcultural identities’, Museum and Society, 1 (1): 1-16

Macdonald, S. (ed.) (2006) A companion to museum studies . Companions in Cultural Studies Series. Malden, USA; Oxford, UK; Victoria, Canada: Blackwell.

Marstine, J, Bauer, A. Hanies, C (2012) New Directions in Museum Ethics. London: Routledge.    

Povinelli, E. A. (2002) The Cunning of Recognition. Duke University Press. Introduction.

Preziosi, D. and Farago, C. (eds), Grasping the world : the idea of the museum. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004.

Prior, N. ‘A question of perception: Bourdieu, Art and the Postmodern’, The British journal of sociology., (2005), 56:1.    

*Sandahl, J. (2019) The Museum Definition as the Backbone of ICOM, Museum International, 71:1-2, vi-9  

Sandell, R. (2017) Museums, Moralities and Human Rights, Routledge: London and New York.

Sandell, R. and Nightingale, E. (2012) Museums, Equality and Social Justice, Routledge: London and New York.

Sandell, R., Dodd, J. and Garland Thomson, R. (eds) (2010) Re-Presenting Disability: activism and agency in the museum, Routledge: London and New York.

Sandell, R and Janes, R. R. (eds) (2007) Museum Management and Marketing, Routledge: London and New York.

Sandell, R. (2007) Museums, Prejudice and the Reframing of Difference, Routledge: London and New York

*Schorch, P., Waterton, E. and Watson, S. (2016) 'Museum canopies and affective cosmopolitanismCultivating cross-cultural landscapes for ethical embodied responses' in in Heritage, Affect and Emotion: Politics, Practices and Infrastructures (eds) Tolia-Kelly, D., Waterton, E. and Watson, S. London: Routledge.

Simon, N. (2010) The participatory museum. Available online:

Simon, N. (2012) ‘Balancing Engagement: Adventures in Participatory Label Design’, Museum 2.0. Available at: (online)

Rees-Leahy, H. (2012) Museum bodies : the politics and practices of visiting and viewing. Ashgate: Aldershot.

*Serrell, B. (1996) Exhibit labels : an interpretive approach. AltaMira Press, California. Chapter 1 and 2.

Serrell, B. ‘Paying Attention: The duration and allocation of visitors' time in museum exhibitions’, Curator the Museum Journal, 40(2), (1997), pp108-125.

Silverman, R. A. (ed) (2015) Museum as process : translating local and global knowledges. London: Routledge.

Storey, J. (2009) Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction. Fifth Edition. Edinburgh: Pearson

*Tilden, F. (1977 [1957]) Interpreting our heritage. Third Edition. The University of North Carolina Press: Durham, NC. Chapter 1.

*Tolia-Kelly, D. (2016) 'Race and affect at the museum: The museum as a theatre of pain' in Heritage, Affect and Emotion: Politics, Practices and Infrastructures (eds) Tolia-Kelly, D., Waterton, E. and Watson, S. London: Routledge.

Walsh, K. (1992) The representation of the past : museums and heritage in the post-modern world. London: Routledge. Introduction, ‘Conserving a Past’

Watson, S. (2007) (ed.) Museums and their communities. London, Routledge.

Whitehead, A. N. (1916) .The Aims of Education. Various editions are available from the library.

*Whitehead, C. (2012) Interpreting art in museums and galleries. London: Routledge. Chapter 1

Williams, R. (1981) ‘Culture’, Keywords. London: Flamingo.

Williams, R. (1981) ‘Introduction’, Keywords. London: Flamingo.

This list was last updated on 06/09/2021