Exhibiting imperial entanglements in science museums – Eleanor S. Armstrong (Stockholm University / University of Delaware)

January 27, 2022 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Richard Staley

This talk contextualises the Whipple Museum’s ‘Astronomy and Empire’ exhibition (opened in 2017) against other UK exhibitions on the development of physical sciences in global contexts. I unpack the presentation, pedagogies, and possibilities in exhibitions and galleries on histories of physical sciences in UK museums. Postcolonial STS theorists Pollock & Subramaniam (2016) argue all western sciences ‘were an intimate and inextricable part of the colonial machinery’ – and could be considered ‘sciences of empire’. If so, how do museums – if they do at all – teach publics about these entanglements, especially of the physical sciences, in their displays?

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