Thursday, 21 May 2015

Dying Awareness Week


It's Dying Awareness Week this week and as in previous years we have a Before I Die Festival which is being held this Saturday (23 May) in central York at the Quaker Meeting House on Friargate.   

Dying Awareness Week is part of a new social movement to reflect on how we manage death and dying.  It provides the space and opportunities to talk about end of life issues.  Our Festival is part of a network of events organised across the UK.    Watch our our new short film here:

This year events run from 10.30 until 4pm and include a workshop on Advance Decisions (Living Wills)  - Your Choices at the End of Life  (2-4pm).  The programme is available using this link.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Museums, Migration and Identity

Gonul BozogluA chapter co-authored by Gonul Bozoglu (2nd-year PhD) features in a new book called 'Museums Migration and Identity in Europe' (Ashgate 2015).

The chapter is entitled 'Constitutive others and the management of difference: museum representations of Turkish identities' and is co-researched and co-authored with one of the book editors, Prof Chris Whitehead from Newcastle University. It looks at museum displays in Turkey and Western Europe - particularly the Netherlands and Germany where there are large Turkish populations in relation to issues of identity, migration and alterity. 

With ever-increasing attention to migration both in political and cultural spheres, the book is a landmark contribution to a critical field of study and practice.
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The imperatives surrounding museum representations of place have shifted from the late eighteenth century to today. The political significance of place itself has changed and continues to change at all scales, from local, civic, regional to national and supranational. At the same time, changes in population flows, migration patterns and demographic movement now underscore both cultural and political practice, be it in the accommodation of ‘diversity’ in cultural and social policy, scholarly explorations of hybridity or in state immigration controls. 



The book investigates the historical and contemporary relationships between museums, places and identities. It brings together contributions from international scholars, academics, practitioners from museums and public institutions, policymakers, and representatives of associations and migrant communities to explore all these issues.

Click here for more details about the book. 

If you are interested in buying the book with a 50% discount then drop Gonul a line on gb784@york.ac.uk to get a discount code