Research Seminar: Liz Carnegie - Catalysts for Change?

The Department of Museum Studies Research Seminar Series 2007-8

The Museum Studies Research Seminar Series is a an informal 'Brown Bag' (bring a sandwich) group that meets at least once every two to four weeks, on Wednesdays at 1.00pm, in the Lecture Room at 105 Princess Road East (PRE) (University of Leicester). Museum Studies is an interdisciplinary field and all are welcome. Refreshments are served.

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Wednesday 10th October, 2007 at 1pm.

Liz Carnegie is currently lecturer in Leisure Management at Sheffield University. Previously, as a museum curator, she has developed a number of highly original and award winning exhibitions, including 'From Here to Maternity' and the displays of religious life at St Mungos in Glasgow. She has published widely in the field of museum studies and oral history and we are delighted to welcome her back to Leicester for the first of our Brown Bag Seminar Series 2007-8


The talk will be in the Dept of Museum Studies at 105 Princess Road East, on Wednesday 10th October, 2007 at 1pm.


How do religious concerns act as catalysts for change in considering the ownership, exhibition and care of religiously charged material? (Sullivan, 2001:550)

Despite the fact that religion has been one of the key defining factors of cultures there are very few museums which actually interpret multi faith in order that the museum then becomes a centre for 'social discourse' rather than passive viewing. This presentation will focus on two key contrasting case studies drawing on field work carried out in 2006 at the Museum of World Religions (MWR) Taiwan and the State Museum of the History of Religion, St Petersburg. The Museum of World Religions (MWR). Taiwan opened, in 2003, a decade after the St Mungo Museum of religious Life and Art which inspired it, with the key aim of 'being like a religious department store from which to chose one's faith' within a pluralist society, whilst the Museum of the History of Religion (formally the Museum of Atheism) dates from 1932, and was initially housed in the Kazan cathedral in St Petersburg. This presentation will determine what their role is and purpose in society as identity shapers and how are they perceived by tourist audiences: as museums or religious sites: spaces in which to explore spiritual feelings or simply part of the tourist trail?

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Elizabeth Carnegie joined the Management School in 2005 as a lecturer in Leisure Management with particular responsibilities for arts and heritage management. She has considerable experience of the museums and galleries sector having worked as a curator of history with Glasgow Museums and participated in a number of high profile and award winning projects including setting up the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art (1993) and redisplaying the People's Palace in 1998. She was on the Interpretation Panel of the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art (1993) and subsequently became deputy director of North East Lincolnshire Museums Service prior to entering academia. She previously worked as a lecturer at Napier University where she was a founder member of the Centre for Festival and Event Management. Other teaching experience includes cultural studies courses for the University of the Highlands and Islands and on MBA/MSC programmes in Hong Kong.

Liz's research areas include museums and audiences and public memory, the role of the post-industrial museum, community festivals and events including Melas; religion and cultural identity and volunteer tourism including charity treks. She has been a committee member of the Oral History Society since 1996 having recently completed a stint as Reviews Editor for Oral History Journal and is on the editorial panel of Public History Review, Sydney. Elizabeth is currently researching the role of contemporary faith in society and the shaping of cultural and religious identities within diasporic communities.

Elizabeth is programme director of for the Arts and Heritage Management MA and her teaching interests include museums and heritage interpretation and management, cultural tourism, arts development and

Selected Recent Publications:

Carnegie, E, (forthcoming) `It wasn´t all bad´, representations of working class cultures within social history museums and their impacts on audiences, Museum and Society

Devereux, C., E Carnegie, (2006) `Pilgrimage: journeying beyond self´, Special Edition Wellness Tourism, Tourism Recreation Research, (Vol. 31, no1)

Smith, M., E. Carnegie, & M. Robertson (forthcoming) Juxtaposing the Timeless and the Ephemeral: Staging Festivals and Events at World Heritage Sites, World Heritage Sites, Leask, A,

Carnegie, E., M. Smith (forthcoming) `Mobility, Diaspora and the Hybridisation of Festivity: the case of the Edinburgh Mela, Scotland, Journeys of Expression: Tourism, Festivals and Identity, (eds.) Picard. D, M. Robinson, and P. Long,

Carnegie, E, (2004) Free Nelson Mandela? The politics and pricing of culture in society, in Cases in Revenue Management, (eds.) I Yeoman and U McMahon-Beattie,

Carnegie, E (2003) `She Was Aye Workin', Memories of Women's Lives in the Tenements, Co-authorship with Helen Clark, White Cockade, Oxford.


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