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Museums and Photography: Displaying Death (2017).

by Elena Stylianou & Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert (eds.)

Publisher: Routledge

TMuseums and Photography combines a strong theoretical approach with international case studies to investigate the display of death in various types of museums - history, anthropology, art, ethnographic, and science museums - and to understand the changing role of photography in museums. Contributors explore the politics and poetics of displaying death, and more specifically, the role of photography in representing and interpreting this difficult topic. Working with nearly 20 researchers from different cultural backgrounds and disciplines, the editors critically engage the recent debate on the changing role of museums, exhibition meaning-making, and the nature of photography. They offer new ways for understanding representational practices in relation to contemporary visual culture. This book will appeal to researchers and museum professionals, inspiring new thinking about death and the role of photography in making sense of it.

The Political Museum: Power, Conflict and Identity in Cyprus (2016)

by Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert & Alexandra Bounia

Publisher: Routledge

This engaging volume reveals how politics permeates all facets of museum practice, particularly in regions of political conflict. In these settings, museums can be extraordinarily influential for shaping identity and collective memory and for peace building. Using key Cypriote archaeological, historical, ethnographic, and art museums as examples, this book:

·       provides a multifaceted and deeper understanding of how politics, conflict, national agendas, and individual initiatives can shape museums and their narratives;

·       discusses how these forces contribute to the creation of, and conflict over, national, community and personal identities;

·       examines how museums use inclusion and exclusion in their collections, exhibitions, objects and interpretive material as a way of selectively constructing collective memories.

This book is an important resource for museum professionals, as well as scholars interested in the effects of politics on museums and interpretations of the past.

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