Deadline: September 18, 2019
This pilot initiative seeks to contribute to Museum Studies scholarship and museum best practices by exploring how museums can better include children, a neglected demographic, in the work of their institutions. The project asks how museology – the study and practice of museum work – would change if children were to be included not just as a topic of display or as target audience members, but as active participants and co-creators of museum content and programming.
For decades, Museum Studies scholars have called for a “New Museology” with greater inclusion of marginalized communities and diversification of exhibit content. Yet despite their ubiquity and significance as a population, children have not received the same serious consideration and integration as many other marginalized groups.
This initiative recognizes children and youth as experts on themselves and their experiences who have a great deal to teach adults about how to make more engaging, interactive, and inclusive exhibits and programming. In addition, it recognizes the power and potential of museums and exhibits to help children realize their civil rights.
Eligibility and Requirements:
Graduate students from all disciplines with an interest in children’s museology are encouraged to apply. Children’s Museology fellows will meet on alternating Fridays from September 20-December 13, 2019 for a total of 6 sessions in the Fall Semester. They will contribute to a collaborative literature review and conduct online research, site visits, and interviews with museum practitioners and child and adult visitors. We will visit several local sites of interest, including the Canadian Museum of History’s “Reimagining the Canadian Children’s Museum” project that will redesign and develop the Children’s Museum over the next three years. Participants should expect to read and summarize 1-2 journal articles every two weeks and participate in and occasionally lead group discussions or local site visits on alternating Fridays. Participants will receive a stipend of $800 per semester. Based on interest, participants may choose to extend their participation in the program through the Winter semester for an additional 6 sessions and $800 stipend.
Interested candidates should email Professor Monica Patterson firstname.lastname@example.org a copy of your student audit, a writing sample, and a brief 1-2 paragraph statement identifying the following:
Your current program of study and expected graduation date
Your reasons for wanting to participate in this initiative
Any relevant background, training, or experience you may have
Any limitations you may have to your availability within the proposed time period.
If you have any questions, please contact Monica Patterson email@example.com
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