116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Museums and Storytelling

Presiding Officer: 
Kenneth C. Hough, UC Santa Barbara and Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument

Museums exist to serve as cultural repositories as well as shapers of the public appreciation of history, science, art, and popular culture. Museums have then both created their own narratives from the content of their collections and their arrangement, and have themselves provided the subjects and settings for fiction and non-fiction narratives. How do museums tell stories? How have museums, curators, and the museum-going experience itself constructed (or warped) historical narratives? How have museums been represented in literature, film, and popular culture? What is the future of the museum as a communal experience and an educational space? Broadly conceived, this session seeks papers that address museums and storytelling, both as a narrative spaces and experiences, and as significant subjects or settings for literature, film and other narratives.

Cancelled (not being held)
Topic Type: 
Special Session