Curatopia: A new book on the future of curating

Whew what a year – thank goodness 2018 is behind us.

Heres one of the reason’s why I needed a break at Xmas. My latest book, co-edited with Philipp Schorch, was launched in December in London and Leipzig. This large 350 page collection made up of 20 chaps, published by Manchester University Press, explores museums and the future of curatorship in Europe and the UK, North America, and the Pacific.


The book was a culmination of conferences in Wellington in 2011 and Munich in 2016. This project was nurtured by the lively discussions spurred by papers presented, and benefited from the ongoing intellectual engagement with conference participants as well as other authors we commissioned. It is therefore the product of the associated scholarly network, including university academics, museum professionals and community leaders, who are devoted to (re)thinking curatorship for the museums of the future.

The contents are a who’s who of contemporary museology, anthropology, and curatorial theory and practice. The writing on a wide range of case studies and topics is distinguished by a deep and genuine engagement with Indigenous scholarship and museum practice. In this and following blogs I will provide a taste of some material from this new book.

curatopia 2

I would like to thank my colleague and co-editor Philipp for his tireless efforts on this project – he was a pleasure to work with – and also extend my thanks to the many authors who contributed to the book.

See here for the link to the MUP website with a Q & A with the two editors:

Q and A

Here’s a profile of the book, the table of contents, and a sample chapter:

Curatopia on MUP website

About mccartco

Conal McCarthy is a former museum professional and academic who has published widely on museum history, theory and practice. He is the Director of the Museum and heritage studies programme at Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.
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