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Stories in borderlands

Phenomenological and multimodal analyses of Nordic maritime museum narratives

The aim of the project is to undertake comparative studies of Nordic maritime museums. Questions will be asked about what the maritime narratives are comprised of, and which identities and worlds of knowledge they create. Scholars have previously addressed these issues in relation to different museum genres, and they have increased our knowledge of the problems with and possibilities of museum work. One of the groups which still require investigation includes the maritime museums.

A further objective is to develop methods for analyses of museum narratives and thereby increase the understanding of the many different layers of meanings that a museum visit involves. This study takes the analysis outside of the building and includes the exterior architectural frame, as well as the surrounding landscape through which the visitor walks towards the entrance.

The theoretical frame of the study is made up of phenomenological architectural theory and a social semiotic theory of multimodality. These two theoretical fields together encompass a museum visitor’s full-body experiences and the visitor’s use of all his/her senses when creating meaning. Using the research questions and tools for analysis provided by this theoretical framework, the field study will include one museum in each Nordic country.

Project leader: Annika Bünz
Project duration: 2017-2019
Funding: Vetenskapsrådet

Contact Information

Annika Bünz

Box 200, 405 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address:
Vera Sandbergs allé 8

+46 31-786 4192

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