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2002 "Museums and Globalisation"


Bibliography (1964-2001)

Museums and Globalisation

Annotated Bibliography

BOYLAN, Patrick J. (dir.). Museums 2000 : politics, people, professionals and profit. London : 1992. 203 p. (Proceedings of the Museums Association, London). The advent of the new millennium has prompted museums to ask themselves some searching questions about their future and their survival in the context of a free market. This book scrutinises the attitudes of the powers that be towards art and museums; problems related to funding through subsidies and how policies of disengagement on the part of governments are changing the way museums finance their activities; new work techniques; and the way the public now perceive and respond to museums.

DORÉ, Guy ; LELIEVRE, Francine ; DAVALLON, Jean ; MAY, Roland (dir.). La société et le musée : l'une change, l'autre aussi ; Actes du colloque tenu à Montréal dans le cadre des 9e entretiens du Centre Jacques Cartier, 2-4 oct. 1996. Montréal : Musée d'archéologie et d'histoire de Montréal, 1998. 188 p. This colloquium focusing on the aspects of management, educational and cultural activities, and communication with the public within museums alerts professionals to the new challenges for museums in a changing society.

L'avenir des musées ; actes du colloque international, musée du Louvre, 23-25 mars 2000. Paris : R.M.N., 2001. 544 p., 83 ill.
As museums bask in a wave of popularity, professionals from all over the world ask themselves how long museums will last and what the future holds for them. This colloquium highlights the loss of identity that could result from museums' increasing popularity and a policy of systematically tailoring activities to visitor demand. Papers on new technologies, the role of temporary exhibitions, legislation and fund-raising contribute to our understanding of the key issues for museums today.

Le musée et les cultures du monde : actes de la table ronde organisée par l'Ecole nationale du patrimoine, 8-10 déc. 1998. Paris : ENP, 1999. 340 p.
At the invitation of the Ecole nationale du patrimoine (National Heritage School), a number of authors reflect on the way the museography of world cultures has changed over the years, and how new ways of working with people who visit museums have enriched museums' experiences and enhanced international co-operation between museums.

MONTPETIT, Raymond. Les musées : générateurs d'un patrimoine pour aujourd'hui - Quelques réflexions sur les musées dans nos sociétés postmodernes. Québec : Direction des politiques culturelles et des programmes, ministère de la Culture et des Communications, 2000. 55 p.
The author, a museologist and professor of Art History at the University of Quebec, examines the role of museums in present-day societies and the impact of globalisation on museology, noting the importance of international co-operation between museums in this context.

REEDIJK, Hein. "Quel musée pour les sociétés du XXIe siècle ?". In : La Lettre de l'OCIM, Dijon, n° 63, 1999, pp. 30-34.
Hein Reedijk, former Director of the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam, discusses museums as reflections of the way we see the world and the values and norms we bring to bear on societies and cultures, and asks how this is likely to evolve in a future in which populations will increasingly merge and cultures intermingle with each other.

YOUNG, Linda (dir.). Museology and Globalisation. ICOM 19th General Assembly, Melbourne, Australia, 1998 : Proceedings = Muséologie et mondialisation : actes. [Canberra] : University of Canberra [for] ICOFOM, 1998. 2 volumes : 104 p. 74 p. (ICOFOM Study Series ; 30).
In 1998, ICOM's International Committee for Museology met to examine the effects of globalisation on museums and the impact of this new international context on the role museums play in society. This volume is a synthesis of the discussions which took place at that meeting.


Further Reading

CICCOTTI, Susan. "Museum 2000 : reflection, vision and change". In : Museums News, Washington, D. C., vol. 79, n° 2, mars-avril 2000, pp. 55-59.

Council of Europe. Resolution n° 1 on the role of cultural heritage and the challenge of globalization of the 5th European Conference of Ministers responsible for the cultural heritage, Portoroz, Slovenia, 5-7 April 2001

CUSTÓDIO, Luiz Antonio Bolcato. "Museus e globalização: a situação dos museus na América Latina". In : Chaski, Acta Museológica de América Latina y el Caribe, [México], ICOM-LAC, Diciembre 2002, p. 6-14.

DAMM Annette ; JANSEN Henrik (dir.). The changes of cultural landscape = les changements du paysage culturel, ICMAH in Denmark, October 7th to 12th, 1990, Prehistoric Museum Moesgård, Århus, Svendborg County Museum. ICMAH. Randers : Impr. Ethelberg Offset, 1991. 88p., ill.

DAVALON, Jean. "L'évolution du rôle des musées". In : La Lettre de l'OCIM, Dijon, vol. 19, n° 49, 1997, pp. 4-9.

EKARV, Margareta. Cultural adventures, SAMP, ten years of Swedish-African museum exchanges. Värnamo (Sweden) : S.A.M.P., 2000. 178 p., ill.

ELSEN, Albert. Blockbusters : the pros and cons of the "blockbuster" art exhibition. [s.l.] : Art Museum Association of Australia, 1984. 18 p. (Occasional papers).

FAUVET-BERTHOLET, Marie-Françoise ; HEMMET, Christine. "Le musée d'ethnographie du Viêt-Nam, un exemple réussi de coopération franco-vietnamienne". In : Musées et collections publiques de France, Paris, n° 218, 1998, pp. 60-64.
Guidelines and policy on relationships between museums and indigenous populations.

"Future perfect". In : Museums Journal, London, The Museums Association, vol. 101, n° 1, janvier 2001, pp. 34-42.
Viewpoints of museum professionals on the future of museums.

GARDNER, Georges S. "What's so special about the special exhibition?". In : Museum, Paris, UNESCO, vol. 38, n° 4, 1986, pp. 196-200.

GEBER, Ecaterina. "Museum documentation and cultural dialogue". Study Series = Cahier d'étude ; 3. Paris : ICOM-CIDOC, 1996, p. 32.

GRIFFIN, Des. "Previous possessions, new obligations, a commitment by Australian museums". In : Curator, New York, vol. 39, n° 1, 1996, pp. 45-63.

GUILLET, Philippe ; PAGEAU, Carole ; PERRON, Michel. "Le défi des nouvelles technologies au musée". In : La Lettre de l'OCIM, Dijon, vol. 20, n° 57, 1998, pp. 3-6.

GUILLET, Philippe. "OCIM ? ICOM ? Des réseaux de musées de professionnels européens ?". In : Musées et collections publiques de France, Paris, n° 225, 2000, pp. 57-58.

HEUMANN GURIAN, Elaine. "A blurring of the boundaries". In : Curator, New York, vol. 38, n° 1, 1995, pp. 31-39.
Changes and challenges for museums as the new century begins.

HINZ Hans-Martin (dir.). Das Museum als Global Village : Versuch einer Standortbestimmung am Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts. Frankfurt : Peter Lang, 2001. 162 p.

ICOM National Committee of Switzerland. Les problèmes des musées dans les pays en voie de développement rapide : compte rendu publié avec le concours de l'UNESCO. Berne ; Paris : Comité national suisse de l'ICOM, 1964. 90 p. (Travaux et documents muséographiques ; I).

KAHN, David M. "Domesticating a foreign import : museums in Asia". In : Curator, New York, vol. 41, n° 4, 1998, pp. 226-228.

KAVANAGH, Gaynor (dir.). The museums profession : internal and external relations. Leicester ; London ; New York : Leicester University Press, 1991, 175 p.

KOTLER, Neil ; KOTLER, Philip. "Can museums be All Things to All People? : missions, goals and marketing's role". In : Museum management and curatorship, Oxford, vol. 18, n° 3, sept. 2000, pp. 271-289.

LAFAILLE Madeleine ; SIMARD Françoise. "Automatiser pour mieux communiquer". In : La Lettre de l'OCIM, Dijon, vol. 20, n° 57, 1998, pp. 19-21.

LANDRY Johanne, "La muséologie canadienne à l'heure de la mondialisation". In : Muse, Ottawa (Canada), CMA = AMC, vol. XIV/4-XV/1, juin 1997.

LELLOUCHE, Pierre. Le marché de l'art à l'épreuve de la mondialisation. Paris : Assemblée Nationale, 1999. 120 p. (Les documents d'information, Rapport d'information n° 1965).

Museum International, Paris, UNESCO, n° 197, 1998, "Fiftieth Anniversary". HUSSAH-al-SABAH Sheikka, "Rescue in Kuwait: a United Nations success story". pp. 38-42.

HUDSON, Kenneth. "The museum refuses to stand still", pp. 43-50.

Museum International, Paris, UNESCO, n° 202, 1999, "Managing Change".

Museum International, Paris, UNESCO, n° 204, 1999, "Museums and the Internet (1)".

"Museums and cultural economics", Editorial. In : Museum management and curatorship, Oxford, vol. 18, n° 4, déc. 2000, pp. 327-335.

ICOM News, Paris, ICOM, vol. 54, n° 3, 2001, "Managing Change : museums facing economic and social challenges"

Quand le musée se fait pluriel : multiculturalité, multifonctionnalité, multiterritorialité, réflexion/action autour du musée, un forum organisé par / ICOM-Canada et ICOM-France. Ottawa (Canada) : Patrimoine canadien, 1997. 170 p.

RASSE, Paul. "Identité technique et musées". In : Alliage, n° 16-17, 1993, pp. 284-289.
The role of European social history museums is not only to elucidate and defend local identities, but also to help people understand other's cultures and facilitate the emergence of a new European consciousness.

RUPPLI, Catherine. "Qui sont les producteurs d'expositions itinérantes ?". In : La Lettre de l'OCIM, Dijon, n° 70, 2000, pp. 20-25.

RUSCONI, Norma. Provocative paper : museology, social and economic development. (Non publié, consultable sur le site Web :

?OLA, Tomislav. "Bridges: a museum for a globalizing world". In : Museum International, Paris, UNESCO, n° 209, 2001, pp. 57-60.

STAPP, Carol B. "Museums and community development". In : Curator, New York, vol. 41, n° 4, 1998, pp. 228-234.

STEIGEN, Andréas L. "Natural history museums and the global setting". In : Museum International, Paris, UNESCO, n° 190, 1996, pp. 4-8.
Science museums should raise public awareness of the ecological threats hanging over the planet. They are the interface between science and the public.

WARNIER, Jean-Pierre. La mondialisation de la culture. Paris : La découverte, 1999. 118 p. (Collection repères).

Web Sites

Museums and Millennium: (also accessible via the Musée de la civilisation of Quebec Web site
To celebrate the start of the new millennium, museums have mounted a series of virtual exhibitions on globalisation-related topics. UNESCO index of definitions of globalisation-related phenomena.

Updated: 30 September 2005