Peggy Levitt

Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar


The Bog and the Beast: Museums, the Nation, and the Globe

Peggy LevittPeggy Levitt2012 Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer ScholarPeggy Levitt2012 Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar

If, in the past, museums helped create national citizens, in today's global world, do they create global citizens too? Where do they fall in the battle between multilingual globalism and parochial nationalism? Why do particular cities create internationally focused institutions, while others create museums that look barely beyond their doors? In The Bog and the Beast, Dr. Levitt travels around the world to tell the story of how cutting-edge museums are making sense of immigration and globalization. Her account is based on first-hand conversations with museum directors, curators, and policymakers; their descriptions of current and future exhibits; and the inside stories that she has collected about the famous paintings, eccentric benefactors, and iconic objects that define their institutions. Will museums walk the line between the global and the national, and will they ultimately fuel nationalist fires or help create a brave new global world?

Affiliation at time of award:
Professor, Department of Sociology, Wellesley College

Sponsored by Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Foundation

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