Evelyn Fränzl’s dissertation on the museum as heterotopia is now on the webpage of the University of Vienna.
The full text is in German. Evelyn summarises:
The title can be translated as ‘Different Spaces. Thinking about museums with Foucault: the museum as heterotopia’ After theoretically discussing Foucault’s concept of heterotopia and its status in his work, I used the idea of the museum as heterotopia as an empirical and conceptual starting point for a discourse-analysis of the Technical Museum Vienna between 1909 and 1999. Following Beth Lords work, I understood the museum as a space in which the systems of representation between words and things are revealed as historically determined. The Technical Museum turned out to play an important role in the construction of the Austrian national identity. The museum as heterotopia …. reflects the changing Austrian national identity not only in an affirmative, but also in a contradictory manner.
In October 2015 she will be presenting a poster about her research at the International Conference “Understanding Museums: Methods“ in Tübingen/Germany.
Other work related to museums as heterotopia:
Barrera, E. (2003) ‘Aliens in heterotopia: an intertextual reading of the Border Control Museum’ in Ethnography at the Border. Ed. P. Vila. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press 166-181.
Belting, H. (2001) ‘Place of reflection or place of sensation?’ in P. Noever (ed.) The Discursive Museum. Vienne: MAK. 72-82.
Dickinson, G., Ott, B. and Aoki, E. (2006) ‘Spaces of Remembering and Forgetting: The Reverent Eye/I at the Plains Indian Museum’ Communication & Critical/Cultural Studies. 3:1 27-47
Hetherington, K. (2011) ‘Foucault, the Museum and the Diagram’, The Sociological Review, 59:3 457-475.
Kahn, M. (1995) ‘Heterotopic Dissonance in the Museum Representation of Pacific Island Cultures’, American Anthropologist, 97 (2): 324-338.
Lord, B. (2006) ‘Foucault’s museum: difference, representation, and genealogy’. Museum and Society.
Loretta, L (1997) ‘Ageographia, heterotopia, and Vancouver’s new public library’, Environment and Planning D, 17 (1): 69-86.
Saindon, B. A. (2012) A Doubled Heterotopia: Shifting Spatial and Visual Symbolism in the Jewish Museum Berlin’s Development’ Quarterly Journal of Speech. 98 (1) 24-48