2013-2014 Colloquium Series


The Tourism Studies Working Group
and the Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley
are pleased to announce

THE MUSEUM BOOM IN CHINA:
Historical Overview and Current Issues

Pan Shouyong
Professor, Anthropology
Minzu University of China, Beijing, China

Friday, April 18, 5:30 PM
Gifford Room, 221 Kroeber Hall
University of California, Berkeley

Abstract:
China is experiencing an unprecedented museum building boom, with an average of approximately 300 museums opening each year since 2005. The country currently has 3,866 museums, 75% of which are categorized as medium or small-sized. In addition, private museums, a totally new phenomenon in China, are rapidly increasing. As of 2012 the country had approximately 1,500 such museums, more than 1,000 of which are not officially registered. Why is the Chinese government, as well as private groups, so eager to build new museums? How are these funded? What types of museums are being built, and to house what collections? What is the organizational structural of the museum industry? Most importantly, why is this boom happening now, and what might follow in the next decade?

博物馆繁荣是当代中国的一个新现象。其表现为三个快速增长:新博物馆数量、博物馆展览和活动、参观数量。从官方统计看,大约从2002年开始中国博物馆进入到一个快速增长的新时期,这个增长至今还在延续,已经持续了10年之久。其表现为:一、50-60年代建立的各省级博物馆,全部完成了又一轮的新馆建设,甚至完成了2次新馆建设(山东省博物馆、辽宁省博物馆、吉林省博物馆等),突破了国家计划经济年代制定的“每5年建设2座大型新博物馆”的规定(七五、八五、九五计划);二、中小博物馆的快速增长,从2005年至今,每年新建博物馆约计300个,到2012年底共计3866家博物馆,其中75%以上是中小博物馆;三、私人博物馆是一个全新的现象,可以说异军突起,目前在省市注册的私人博物馆500多家,实际上私人博物馆的数量超过1500家。围绕对博物馆繁荣的的持续观察,相关数据的梳理和分析,结合历史与实际,提出若干解读意见。

Speaker Bio:
Pan Shouyong is Professor of Anthropology and Museology at the Minzu University of China in Beijing, China. He is a research fellow at the Chinese Museum of National Minorities, a member of the National Planning Committee of Chinese Eco-Museums, and currently a Fulbright Scholar at the George Washington University and Smithsonian Institution. He was previously in charge of the conservation strategy for the protection of national minority customs and cultural artefacts in the Three Gorges Reservoir District. He has published widely in both Chinese and English research journals on museums, preservation and conservation.

 
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