Journal article

Towards reflexive ethnicity: Museums as sites of intercultural encounter

Jessica Walton, Yin Paradies, Fethi Mansouri



In a highly globalised world with increasing ethno-nationalistic tensions and conflicts, the importance of intercultural education has never been greater. The challenge remains, however, as to whether educating for mutual respect and social cohesion can be achieved through traditional modes of schooling or whether additional approaches that are not necessarily school-centric are required. Drawing on in-depth qualitative data including video diaries, narrative interviews and focus groups with Australian secondary school students and semi-structured interviews with teachers, this paper discusses such an endeavour in which a museum exhibition on identity and belonging is employed as an interact..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council Linkage

Awarded by Australian Research Council Future Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by an Australian Research Council Linkage [LP120100080], the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and Museum Victoria. The second author holds an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship [FT130101148]. The third author holds a UNESCO Chair on Cultural Diversity and Social Justice.