J. Marstine: Museum Ethics and Museum Change

Dr. Janet Marstine, Programme director, Art Museum and Gallery Studies, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester

In our rapidly changing world museums face increasing demands to engage with complex ethics issues and to behave ethically. Museum ethics is among the most pivotal concerns of museum professionals in the twenty-first century and is central to all areas of museum work.

In order for museums to effectively negotiate difficult issues as well as ethical opportunities, novel approaches to ethics are required in which the sector actively pursues a dynamic ethicsbased museum practice. This talk will discuss a new model which reconceptualizes museum ethics as a discourse contingent upon transformations in the social, political, technological and econo – mic domains. It will argue that new approaches to ethics undergird change in museums.

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