Representing Migration in Inclusive Museums

The Humanity House

In an era of globalization, characterized by a constant exchange of information due to the Internet breaking down national barriers and driving a high level of mobility among individuals who become members of multicultural societies, the definition of “national” is itself being challenged.[1] Concepts such as “world heritage” and “world society” demand a reexamination of the museological approaches used to interpret the material heritage that museums preserve and display. Museums, as organizations including art museums, should represent universal values instead of national interests.[2] Many nations today are polyethnic; they are shaped by the numerous backgrounds of their habitants at their geographical location. This will only become more pronounced. Predictions by both the International Organization of Migration and Xenia Chryssochoou, a professor of social psychology, claim that we will see an increasing number of multicultural and maybe even global societies throughout the twenty-first century.[3]