Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display
Professor Peggy Levitt
The Geffrye Museum, Lecture Room
Thursday 9th March 2017, 3-4pm
According to the World Bank, one out of every seven people in the world today is an international or internal migrant who moves by choice or by force. Our cities are increasingly diverse—people from over 184 countries call London home. So how do we learn to get along? Museums have always played a leading role in creating nations and national citizens. In today’s global world, do they also create global citizens too? This talk looks at how museums around the world are making sense of immigration and globalization. Based on first-hand conversations with museum directors, curators, and policymakers; their descriptions of current and future exhibitions; and the inside stories about the famous paintings and iconic objects that define their collections, I provide a close-up view of how different kinds of institutions balance nationalism and cosmopolitanism and what it is about particular cities and nations that explains the outcome.
This talk is free to attend; no booking is required. Directions to the museum can be found here.