Museums and the working class: call for papers

Adele Chynoweth from the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies has been invited by Routledge to submit a proposal for an edited peer-reviewed collection provisionally entitled Museums and the Working Class. She is calling for papers: expression of interest at your earliest convenience, and then abstract of 200 words, a short bio (100 words) and a proposed chapter title by 28 June 2019. It is envisaged that final chapters will be approximately 5,000 words in length and submitted by 6 July 2020. Details.

This volume aims to place a discussion of class within the field of museology. A variety of points of view within the wider discourse of class are welcome. How do museums deny and marginalise or, support and encourage representations of the working and poverty classes? Is this work framed in the past or connected with contemporary struggle and achievements? Do museums encourage an intersection between multiculturalism and class? Between class and other identities?

Large group of people, including children, in laneway in Sydney's Rocks area with terraces, shops, hotels and steps and the Cheap Cash Grocer on the wall of Susannah Place in the background.

People gathering on the corner of Cumberland Place and Cambridge Street in the Rocks area, Sydney. Photographer unknown, 1901 (Sydney Living Museums/State Records NSW)

8 May 2019