Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom is offering a PhD program on museums and migration with full funding for students on both a full-time and part-time basis, starting in the 2022–23 academic year.
The program is open to candidates looking to explore the global phenomenon of migration and how museums can effectively respond to it in terms of their exhibitions, collections and public programmes. In claiming to be agents of social change (e.g. ‘Museums Change Lives’, Museums Association), museums need to work closely with changing local populations and communities.
Potential topics might include but are not limited to:
- Interpretive strategies for narrating stories of forced migration
- Re-imagining museums as spaces of radical hospitality
- Articulating memories of home
- Digital migration of exhibitions, collections and objects
- Object mobilities – storage and transit
- Impact of public programs in supporting migrant/refugee communities
- Museums and the Anthropocene
- Restitution of objects and other decolonial practices
- Developing alternative approaches to knowledge production and dissemination
- Identifying and mitigating future challenges of climate migration and the impact on communities and their museum collections
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