Museums and Feminist Matters: Considerations of a Feminist Museology

Arndís Bergsdóttir*

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This article speaks to a post-human feminist museology. It argues that considerations of a feminist museology would benefit from engaging with post-human feminist dialogues currently unfolding within academia. Dynamic political landscapes and global circumstances challenge dualist paradigms. Theorizations of museums are not exempt from these challenges. Critiques of androcentricity indicate that feminist theorizations have never fully centred on “the human”, but always already contextualized how we affect the world, and how the world affects us. Discussions in this article follow Barad’s agential-realist theorization of the material-discursive practices that shape our understandings in and of the world, and Haraway’s notion of diffraction that engages the material and re-tools recordings of object histories as entangled human and non-human processes that can be taken apart and reassembled, making different possibilities possible. The article demonstrates that museological alternatives that emerge from conversations about entanglements not only aim to move beyond the paradigms they have been circling within for so long, but towards a re-thinking of museology and cultural heritage museums. Thus, considerations of a feminist post-human museology re-imagine museums as entangled becomings that make different possibilities possible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-139
Number of pages14
JournalNORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2016

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© 2016 The Nordic Association for Women's Studies and Gender Research.

Other keywords

  • agential realism
  • Feminism
  • materiality
  • museology
  • museum
  • ontological Turn
  • post-human feminism


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