S2.2 Exhibiting Extinction


Dolly Jørgensen1, Siobhan Starrs4, Verity Burke1, Isla Gladstone2, Dominic O’Key3

1University Of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway, 2Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol, UK, 3Leeds University, Leeds, UK, 4Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC, USA


This symposium will take up the issue of the Sixth Mass Extinction, one of the critical environmental challenges of our times. The panelists will present case studies of how recent and historical extinctions have been talked about and displayed in museum contexts with a particular focus on how those stories are made culturally relevant. The symposium includes both museum curators involved in the scoping, design, and implementation of natural history exhibits dealing with extinction and academics who have analysed modes of extinction storytelling.

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