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Nina White is a final year PhD student at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), Teesside University. Nina’s PhD studies began after a short stint as Visitor Experience Assistant at Tate Liverpool, and continued alongside a longer stint working as part of the Middlesbrough Art Weekender production team.
Nina’s research proposes a new concept, ‘the posthuman museum’, which applies posthuman philosophy to contemporary museum practice, with a particular focus on how museums respond to both the globally occurring and locally felt impacts of migration, climate crisis, and loneliness.
Nina plans to complete her PhD in Autumn 2022.
Becoming a posthuman museum
How can museums grapple with the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, climate crisis, global migration, all while staying connected physically – and increasingly, digitally – with their local communities? Some of the answers lie in posthumanism. In this presentation, Nina presents her work on ‘the posthuman museum’, where philosophy helps to interrogate and reshape the ways in which museums and galleries interact in ever-growing networks of local and global actors. Centring care relations between human, non-human, and eco-others, the posthuman museum heralds the newest age of museums practice and provides creative and conceptual resources to respond to ongoing crises.