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Етнографските музеи на кръстопът: критическа рефлексия в поствремена
Ethnographic Museums at the Crossroads: Critical Reflexivity in Post-Times

Author(s): Radostina Sharenkova
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Museology & Heritage Studies, Customs / Folklore, Library and Information Science, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: critical museology; post-colonialism; post-socialism; reflexivity; socialist legacies; anthropology; ethnographic museums

Summary/Abstract: The article attempts to propose a reflexive approach towards the communist legacy in museums. By comparing the trend of decolonization in museums of Western Europe with particular attention to the practices in the Netherlands the author draws attention to the potential solutions and mechanisms for reassessing the traumatic institutional past. The search for new museum identity in the 21st century in Europe reflects the social turbulence and follows an academic critique to reform the institution profoundly. The lack of visitor flow and problematic interaction between Bulgarian state-funded museums and their local audiences are perceived as a signal for the institutional struggle with communist legacies in museological theory and practice. The article pretends to examine the main areas affected by the legacies and to outline the need for post-communist museum studies in Bulgaria, as well as the need for a critical approach towards Bulgarian museums’ identity.

  • Issue Year: 2020
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 385-404
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Bulgarian