The Museum & Heritage Studies programme, with CONTACT Art History Research Cluster, Victoria University of Wellington, and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa are pleased to present a free public lecture
‘Rethinking the museum: From exhibitionary complex to cultural assemblage’
by Dr Tony Bennett, Research Professor in Social and Cultural Theory, Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney.
Prof Bennett is a distinguished scholar working in a number of fields across the social sciences and humanities, and has made significant contributions to cultural sociology, cultural studies, policy studies, and museum studies. His previous positions included a period as Professor of Sociology at the Open University in the UK where he was also a Director of the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-cultural Change. He is well known for his work on the history and theory of museums, including The birth of the museum (1995), and Pasts beyond memory (2004), and has recently co-edited two influential collections which chart exciting new directions: Material Powers: Cultural Studies, History and the Material Turn (2010) and Assembling culture (2011). In this lecture Prof Bennett will review his work on museums over a twenty year period, from his early studies drawing on the work of Gramsci, Foucault and Bourdieu to recent projects where he has used the ideas of Gilles Deleuze and Bruno Latour. This event is held in association with the seminar Reassembling the material, which brings together local and international scholars to examine the relations between museums, fieldwork anthropology and indigenous agency.