Authority and the Museum: A Framework of Questions

By Laura Barry.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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Dialogue can provide the foundation to create new knowledge and understanding. Museums, as they seek to balance authority between themselves and their communities, can foster their understanding of authority while at the same time engaging in the relationship and knowledge-building dialogues provide. Founded on an application of Gordon Pask’s (1976, quoted in Lankes 2007) conversation theory as well as John Kuo Wei Tchen and Liz Ŝevčenko’s (2011) description of the “dialogic museum” and Nina Simon's (2011) "participatory museum," I propose a three-part framework of categories where museums could begin to organize their questions for dialogues between themselves and their communities. The end goal would be conversations that produce meaningful, long-term, and effective solutions to shared authority in the face of past initiatives.

Keywords: Representations, Visitors, Knowledge, Authority

The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.43-53. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 534.200KB).

Laura Barry

Kent State University, Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Laura Barry is a graduate of Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science with a focus in Museum Studies. She is interested in helping museums forge strong relationships with their communities as well as delving into anything related to graphic arts, book art and archives.


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