Interculturality at play: Refining a theory of polycentral and cosmopolitan international exhibitions through action research
Reflecting on the conditions for, and meaning of, intercultural dialogue in the exhibition development process, we proposed an action research project to create and evaluate an exhibition about contemporary Mexico for New Zealand audiences. De la Milpa a la Mesa: A Mexican Food Journey was developed by a bi-national team of interns, museum professionals, subject experts and communities of interest using intercultural museum practice and is currently on tour throughout Aotearoa NZ.
Cultural Diplomacy, International Exhibitions and Visitors. A Case Study of the Exhibition Aztecs. Conquest and Glory in Australasia
The Aztecs research project was a collaboration between Victoria University of Wellington, Nueva Zelanda (Lee Davidson, Senior Lecturer, Museum & Heritage Studies) and the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia through its National School of Restoration, Conservation and Museography, México (Leticia Pérez, Professor, Master of Museology). In conjunction with the E Tū Ake study, this project made a significant contribution to the current understanding of the impact of touring exhibitions, with important new insights for both the theory and future practice of cross-cultural museum work, and the wider agendas of cultural diplomacy and intercultural dialogue.