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From the 'fragmented' to the 'mosaic' ecomuseum - various forms of shaping 'territory' in the different generations of ecomuseums in China. 2016.

Lookup NU author(s): Gerard Corsane, Katharina Massing


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The French and Scandinavian ideal of an ecomuseum considers it a ‘territory, which has ‘fragmented’ sites as ‘antennae’ and a central ‘hub’. The Scandanavian emphasis on the central ‘hub’ influenced ecomuseum development in China, due to an initial facilitating Norwegian-Sino agreement. This paper examines the way ‘territory’ has been shaped in certain examples of ecomuseums in China and how the ‘fragmented’ approach has been deployed in each. In China, ecomuseums are often divided into three generations. The first generation consists of the four early ecomuseums in Guizhou Province, with those of Guangxi and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Regions being the second generation. The third generation is considered to include the newer ecomuseums established in China’s more affluent eastern regions, in particular the ecomuseum in Anji County, Zhejiang Province. After considering how territory has been shaped in examples from these generations, the paper suggests that the ecomuseums being established in Hainan Province are a future generation in how their territory could be shaped. Hainan’s Baili Baicun ecomuseum is a cluster of around 100 villages, without a central ecomuseum ‘hub’ adopting a more decentralised approach resembling a ‘mosaic’ of complimentary heritage resources with various exhibition points. This paper aims to explore these various forms of shaping the ‘territory’ of ecomuseums in China, along with a discussion of whether or not the ‘mosaic’ approach is a return to a fragmented form that is more Chinese in nature.

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Author(s): Corsane G, Massing K

Editor(s): Lira, S., Amoêda, R. & Pinheiro, C.

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Sharing Cultures 2015: 4th International Conference on Intangible Heritage.

Year of Conference: 2015

Pages: 453-465

Online publication date: 08/09/2015

Acceptance date: 21/08/2015

Publisher: Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9789898734167


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