The Post COVID-19 Museum: culture in a time of Coronavirus

Presented by: Dr Caro Wilson-Barnao

Date: Friday 25 September 2020
Time: 12–1pm
Location: Online via Zoom


Ross Parry uses the term Post Digital to evidence a critical moment in the adoption of the museum to new media. In this talk, I explore the increasingly normative construction of the museum as digital and consider the dramatic acceleration of this turn as a result of COVID-19.  I suggest that whilst there are a host of benefits to the naturalisation of the museum in the digital realm, especially during the pandemic, I suggest there is a need to question the assumption the museum that emerges Post COVID-19 will look the same.



Dr Caroline Wilson-Barnao is a public relations lecturer in the School of Communication and Arts. She has many years’ experience in PR and marketing, especially in the cultural and for non-profit sector. Her research explores the effects of media technologies, with particular attention to their impact on the platformising of cultural heritage, the body and its relationship to digital media devices and platforms, and the digitisation of public space in contemporary cities.



About Research Seminar and Workshop Series


School of Communication and Arts Research Seminar Series

The research seminar and workshop series occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

Friday, 11 March

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Tuning In with the Stethoscope in the Nineteenth CenturyDr Melissa Dickson (University of Birmingham)

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Online via Zoom

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Hybrid: Online via Zoom and in person at the
SCA Writer's Studio
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