THEMA - Les Musées de la civilisation launches its first refereed journal

QUÉBEC CITY, March 25, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Les Musées de la civilisation executive director Michel Côté today launched the first issue of THEMA. La revue des Musées de la civilisation, its online refereed journal, now accessible at This first issue tackles "Knowledge Sharing and Exchange in Times of Cultural Democracy." The launch was held today at Musée de la civilisation in Québec City, in the presence of the Museum's partners, including François Mairesse, president of IFOCOM, museologist, and professor at the University of Paris III–Sorbonne Nouvelle (via videoconference) and Karen Worcman, director of the Museum of the Person in São Paulo.

International, multilingual and available online, THEMA continues in the tradition of the Musées de la civilisation's core values by examining original and thought-provoking topics in an interdisciplinary way. The journal brings together researchers and specialists from both national and international academic and museum communities. THEMA is also supported by an international advisory board.

The journal encourages the dissemination of original research, essays, critical notes, original commentary, and interviews as well as exhibition reviews, all of which provide a fresh, critical look at societal topics. THEMA will promote a comparative approach that encompasses the full complexity of societies.

"Les Musées de la civilisation has always been strongly committed to reflecting on museums and what they do," said Les Musées de la civilisation executive director Michel Côté. "THEMA is part of that commitment. With Les Musées de la civilisation national and international activities, it will raise the museum complex's profile in the academic and museum communities and in so doing strengthen the networks the institution has developed."

A premiere issue
"Knowledge Sharing and Exchange in the Age of Cultural Democracy"
This first issue features authors from Quebec, British Columbia, the UK, Australia, Switzerland, and Spain: Marc Olivier Gonseth ("Two or three things I've come to know about museums"); Andrea Whitcomb ("Look, Listen and Feel: The First Peoples exhibition at the Bunjilaka Gallery, Melbourne Museum"); Bernadette Lynch ("Generally Dissatisfied: Hidden pedagogy in the postcolonial museum"); Viviane Gosselin ("Civic Museography, Porous Narratives and the Choir Effect: Sex Talk in the City at the Museum of Vancouver"); Yves Bergeron ("Dangerous Liaisons: Disquieting affairs between the two worlds of politics and Canadian museums"); Pedro Ruiz-Castell ("La colección científico-médica de la Universidad de Valencia: reflexiones sobre la construcción del conocimiento científico"), along with an editorial by editors-in-chief Mathieu Viau-Courville and Mélanie Lanouette.

Submissions and peer review
THEMA considers original manuscripts in French, English, and Spanish. Submissions are subject to a rigorous double-blind peer review process. THEMA is supported by an international scientific committee whose members are drawn both from the university and museum communities. All articles accepted for publication are translated by a translation team directed by the journal editors. THEMA is committed to systematically publishing all articles in at least two languages.

SOURCE: Musée de la Civilisation

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