Key Publications

Books

[in progress.] Marstine, Janet. Expected publication date 2014. Critical Practice: Artists, Museums, Ethics. London and New York: Routledge. Museum Meanings series.

Marstine, Janet, Bauer, Alexander and Haines, Chelsea. (eds.). 2013. New Directions in Museum Ethics. London and New York: Routledge.

This volume introduces a new generation of research on museum ethics, particularly concerning issues of collection and display. Papers explore the slippage between the material and the immaterial as it impacts ethics policy and practice in museums. Together, the chapters resist a legalistic interpretation, bound by codes, to advance an ethics discourse that is richly theorized, constantly changing and contingent on diverse external factors. Contributors articulate a museum ethics founded on the moral agency of museums, the concept that museums have both the capacity and the responsibility to create social change.

Marstine, Janet. (ed.) (2011). Routledge Companion to Museum Ethics: Redefining Ethics for the Twenty-First Century Museum. London and New York. Routledge. See Museum Management and Curatorship 26: 3 (2011)  for a review.

This book takes measure of and progresses new thinking in museum ethics. The first major volume on the subject to be published in 14 years, it examines the ways in which recent social, economic, political and technological shifts present novel ethical challenges and opportunities for museums. The volume argues for a museum ethics discourse defined by social responsibility, radical transparency and shared guardianship of collections. It shows that museum ethics is more than the personal and professional ethics of individuals and concerns the capacity of institutions to generate self-reflective and activist practice.

Marstine, Janet. (ed.) (2005). New Museum Theory and Practice: An Introduction. Malden and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. (Chinese trans. 2009; Macedonian trans. 2010). See Museum Anthropology Review 2:1 (2008)  and Museum and Society 8: 2 (2010) for  reviews.

The volume illuminates emerging theories of museology by analysing key issues and debates in the museum sector and situating those arguments within their distinct disciplinary and intellectual contexts. The book interrogates cultural politics and the roles of museums in society. It also considers issues of frames and framing. It identifies strategies to help readers develop their own critiques and new practices.

Edited Journal Special Issue

Marstine, Janet, Bauer, Alex and Haines, Chelsea. (guest eds.) (2010). “New Directions in Museum Ethics.”  Special issue of Museum Management and Curatorship: 26: 2 (May). [re-issued in 2013 as hardback book (see above) with an additional chapter by Marstine].

Refereed Journal Articles

Marstine, Janet. 2013. ‘Cultural collisions in socially engaged artistic practice: “temple swapping” and hybridity in the work of Theaster Gates’. Museum Worlds: Advances in Practice 1, 153-178.

Marstine, Janet. 2007. ‘What a Mess! Claiming a Space for Undergraduate Student Experimentation in the University Museum’. Museum Management and Curatorship 22: 3, 303-15.


Marstine, Janet. (2002). ‘Challenging the Gendered Categories of Art and Art Therapy: The Paintings of Jane Orleman’. Feminist Studies 28: 3, 631-55.

Book Chapters

[in progress.] Marstine, Janet, Dodd, Jocelyn and Jones, Ceri. (expected publication date 2014). ‘Twenty-first century museum ethics: a view from the field’. In Conal McCarthy (ed.) International Handbook of Museum Studies: Volume 4: Museum Practice: Critical Debates in the Museum Sector. General editors Helen Rees Leahy and Sharon Macdonald. Malden and Oxford:  Blackwell.

Marstine, Janet. 2012. ‘A Conversation with Fred Wilson on Museums and Social Justice’. In Richard Sandell and Eithne Nightingale (eds.). Museums, Equality and Social Justice. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 38-44.

Marstine, Janet. 2012. ‘Fred Wilson, Good Work, and the Phenomenon of Freud’s Mystic Writing Pad’. In Richard Sandell and Eithne Nightingale (eds.). Museums, Equality and Social Justice. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 84-102.

Marstine, Janet. 2012. ‘Situated Revelations: Radical Transparency in the Museum’. In Marstine, Janet, Bauer, Alexander and Haines, Chelsea. (eds.). New Directions in Museum Ethics. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 1-23.

Marstine, Janet. 2011. ‘The Contingent Nature of Museum Ethics’. In The Routledge Companion to Museum Ethics: Redefining Ethics for the Twenty-First Century Museum. London and New York: Routledge, 3-25.

King, Lyndel and Janet Marstine. 2005. ‘The University Museum/Gallery: A Site for Institutional Critique and a Focus of the Curriculum’. In Janet Marstine (ed.). New Museum Theory and Practice: An Introduction. Malden and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 266-91.

Commentary

Marstine, Janet et al. (2011). ‘Ethics and the 9/11 Museum Complex’.  Anthropology Today: 7: 4 (October), 28.

Book Review

Marstine, Janet. 2009. ‘Robert Janes’ “Museums in a Troubled World: Renewal, Irrelevance or Collapse?”’ Museums Journal (October), 62-63.

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