Friday 24 May 2013, 1.30PM to 16:00
What brings visitors to museums and heritage sites? What do they bring to it? And how do they engage with different forms of display? This symposium will address state-of-the art visitor research in museums and heritage sites in a range of countries and types of museums and heritage sites – including history and art. It is an opportunity to explore the social relations and implications of different forms of audience engagement, as well as questions of how to study and interpret museum and heritage visiting.
Laurajane Smith (School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Australian National University): Visitor emotion, affect and registers of engagement at museums and heritage sites
Laurie Hanquinet (Department of Sociology and ECCE, University of York): Mondrian as kitchen tiles? Artistic and cultural conceptions of art museum visitors in Belgium