Laurence Brasseur

Laurence Brasseurlb298@le.ac.uk

Twitter: @L_Brasseur

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Research Interests

My thesis focuses on young people and their relationship with museums. The subject of my PhD research is informed by my interest in museums, audiences and social justice. It is my conviction that everyone, regardless of social or ethnic origin, should be able to access culture as a basic human right. As many contemporary societies are made up of a multiplicity of communities, different groups may experience barriers to culture – and museums – in different ways.

The fieldwork for this project was conducted in youth clubs in my home country of Luxembourg. With its multiculturalism and multilingualism, Luxembourg provided an interesting context for the research. I chose to focus on one specific community – young people. My aim is to find out what their perceptions and expectations of museums are, while focusing on the issues of power, representation and access. In keeping with my beliefs about accessible and empathetic museums, I would like to make young people’s voices heard through my thesis in order to inform academic research and cultural practice.

Supervisors

Professor Richard Sandell

Professor Lisanne Gibson

Qualifications

2013 – MA in Museum Studies (Distinction), University of Leicester.

2010 – BA in Humanities with Art History (First Class Honours), The Open University.

Awards

2015 – Prix du meilleur mémoire de master 2014 (Prize for the best master’s dissertation 2014), Fondation Robert Krieps, Luxembourg.

2014 – Winner (First Prize), PhDepictions Photography Competition, Festival of Postgraduate Research, University of Leicester.

2013 – Museum Studies Distance Learning Prize, University of Leicester.

Professional Experience

My journey so far is a rather atypical one. In 2007 I left my career in finance to devote myself to my passions: culture and museums. Following my MA in 2013, I worked on a placement at the Luxembourg Association of Museums (Stater Muséeën) where I assisted with coordinating the annual event ‘L’Invitation aux Musées’. I love to explore museums around the world, and some of my comments have been published by the national media in Luxembourg (see below). I was also an editor of Museological Review for the academic year 2016/17.

Publications

Books

Brasseur, L. 2015. Who Are We? Searching for Identities in Luxembourg: A Comparative Exhibition Critique. Luxembourg: Editions D'Lëtzebuerger Land.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Brasseur, L. 2015. ‘Museums, young people and reciprocal relevance’, Museological Review, 19, 20-21.

Other publications (selected)

Brasseur, L. 2018. An empathetic study on young people and museums in Luxembourg, [pdf], Social Justice Alliance for Museums (SJAM).

Brasseur, L. 2018. For the times they are a-changin: Museums, society and research on young people, D’Lëtzebuerger Land, 20, 35.

Brasseur, L. 2017. On keys, traces and relevance, Traces, 7, 54-59.

Brasseur, L. 2016. Access all areas? Behind the scenes tours in museums, D’Lëtzebuerger Land, 21, 38.

Brasseur, L. 2015. ‘Say cheese! Photographing objects and the self in the museum’, D’Lëtzebuerger Land, 20, 35.

Brasseur, L. 2015. ‘Le musée: entre théories et pratiques’, Forum für Politik, Gesellschaft und Kultur, 348, 58-60.

Brasseur, L. 2014. ‘David Bowie is – Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin’, Kultur-Thema. [radio broadcast] Radio 100,7, 6 August 2014.

Brasseur, L. 2013, ‘A social role?’, D’Lëtzebuerger Land, 20, 28.

Brasseur, L. 2012, ‘Waiting for the revolution … in the museum’, Forum für Politik, Gesellschaft und Kultur, 321, 60-61.

Presentations

2017 – ‘Decentring the museum: researching audiences from outside the museum’, guest lecture at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University of Iceland, 20 November 2017.

2017 – ‘Exploring relevance and power in the relationship between young people and museums’, presented at the DEMHIST and CECA Relevance 2017 Conference, Historic Royal Palaces, 15 October 2017.

2017 – 'Engaging with young people to create the museum of the future', presented at the Scottish Museums Federation Annual Conference, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, 26 April 2017.

2015 – ‘Learning in the museum in the 21st century’, guest lecture at the Séminaire de Muséologie, Université de Liège, 21 October 2015.

2014 – ‘Museums and young people in a multicultural environment’, presented at the School of Museum Studies Research Week, University of Leicester, 24 June 2014.

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