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21 April 2016

“The museum has become a public space”

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The sociologist argues that museums have become key public spaces that, beyond hosting exhibitions promote debates and dynamic activities for wide variety of publics.

The professor of sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE), Judy Wajcman, was interviewed by Shared Spaces on 22 February, after she gave a talk on “Time in the Digital Age” at the Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB). In her brief interview, Wajcman makes a claim for considering museums as relevant public spaces. For Wajcman “the museum has become a public space in a broader sense”. She puts the Science Museum of London as an example of space that hosts a variety of events and activities, from educational talks and conferences to musical shows and interactive exhibitions, and engages with a wide range of participants and public, from the elder to the youngest of society. According to Wajcman, during the last decades “museums like that have expanded phenomenally their function, and have become a public space of debate and discussion”.

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