Shared Spaces

Multispecies Approaches in the Museum

Shared Spaces

Multispecies Approaches in the Museum

Sophie Elpers, Michaela Katharina Fenske (Eds.)

Ethnologia Europaea

, 2020

Volume 49:2 Special issue

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This special issue of Ethnologia Europaea takes an innovative approach to analysing the co-presence of animals, plants and humans in exhibits of various kinds in order to probe the potentials of the multispecies museum. From open-air museums with live animals to (natural) history museums displaying the work of the taxidermist, the contributions give rich insights into the different ways that museums represent our multispecies world. 

Museums are increasingly seizing the chance to become pivotal spaces of learning, reflection, discussion and experience in the face of ecological crises at the beginning of the twenty-first century. By exploring multispecies relations, they invite human visitors not only to encounter the other-than-human but also to reflect on their own position as humans.

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