Inclusive Museum International Award for Excellence

The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum offers an annual award for newly published research or thinking that has been recognized to be outstanding by members of The Inclusive Museum Research Network.

Award Winner for Volume 10

Rethinking Representation: Shifting Relations between Museums and the Indigenous Peoples of Taiwan

The museum is a powerful site of representation; “which” objects and “how” they are displayed engenders issues of ownership and carries a symbolism that has social and political consequences. This article will look at the changing relations between museums and the Indigenous communities of Taiwan and how these relationships are manifest in the museums’ collections, exhibitions, and communication strategies. To provide historical context and trajectories of change, I examine how the Indigenous peoples of Taiwan were represented in museums and exhibitions in early twentieth-century colonial regimes. I then discuss changes in the representations of Indigenous peoples within post-war Taiwan and how these changes relate to the complex search for national identity, which invokes echoes of the Japanese colonial period and the dominance of Han Chinese heritage. I utilize James Clifford’s idea of the museum as a contact zone to explore strategies of “culture-collecting” and the extent to which this can be seen as a response to particular political conditions, such as histories of dominance, hierarchy, and resistance. As contact zones, museums can help communities negotiate difficult cultural and political problems through dialogue and alliances. Furthermore, in order to identify some of the key themes that also relate to Taiwan, the article will draw upon cases of emerging partnerships and collaborations between Indigenous communities and museum sectors to examine how these assist in re-thinking issues around the representation of Indigenous peoples by asserting new political relationships through their material culture.

Past Award Winners

Volume 9

LA's Diamond in the Rough: The Museum of Jurassic Technology

Andrew Howe, The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp.1–6


Volume 8

Humanizing and Heroizing the Fetus: The Production of Reproduction at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry

Kristin Otto, The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp.33–42


Volume 7

Accessibility of Museums in Barbados

Allison Callender, The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.17–27


Volume 6

Keeping Interactive Art Interactive

Jennifer Eiserman and Gerald Hushlak, The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.183–196


Volume 5

Re-envisioning the Museum: Developing the International African American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina during an Economic Crisis

Mary Battle, The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.11–24


Volume 4

Facilitating Inclusivity: The Politics of Access and Digitisation in a South African and Canadian Museum

Laura Kate Gibson and Hannah Turner, The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.1–14


Volume 3

Inclusivity, Objectivity, and The Ideal: The Museum as Utopian Space

Donald Dunham, The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.39–48


Volume 2

New Media Interactivity in the Museum: Democratisation or Dumbing Down?

Ingrid Templer, The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.165–178


Volume 1

Beyond the Rational Museum: Toward a Discourse of Inclusion

Janice Baker, The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.23–30