Date of Award
Richard Clemmer-Smith, Ph.D.
Anthropology, Disasters, Katrina, Museum, New Orleans, Resilience
This research project focuses on the entanglement of cultural heritage, museums, disasters, and resilience. Using The Presbytère museum's exhibit, Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond as a case study, I critically examined who is represented in the exhibit and how, what roles museum professionals and New Orleans community members held in the exhibit construction, and visitors' insight on the exhibit content. I argue that the promotion of New Orleans' culture and recovery post-Katrina throughout the exhibit has promoted the overall image of New Orleans and her residents as resilient. Framed by a variety of academic fields, this research contributes to a growing body of knowledge and interdisciplinary literature on disaster mitigation, the importance of culture to recovery, the benefits of and restrictions to incorporating the New Museology into common museological practice, as well as the changing functions and purposes of museums in the new millennia.
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Hagan, Molly, "Museums, Disasters, and Resilience: The Presbytère's Living with Hurricanes—Katrina and Beyond Exhibit" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1223.
Received from ProQuest