Museums and the Future of Health

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog

A few forecasts about the future:
By 2050 40% of Americans will be obese

By 2034 over 44 million people in the U.S. will be living with diabetes (compared with under 24 million in 2009.)

On a more upbeat note, according to a recent article in Wired Magazine we may be on the cusp of a revolution in tissue engineering (the use of stems cells to repair and rebuild damaged organs, from breasts to hearts.

Society is already starting to struggle with the practical and ethical implications of techno-medical advances such as cloning, genomics, gene therapy, novel means of imaging and testing, and new (and expensive) forms of treatment. Over the next few decades, we will be faced with choices that have massive implications for the health and well-being of individuals and their communities.

What role can museums play in this dialogue? I think this is an enormously important topic to explore, so I am delighted that Left Coast Press has issued a call for papers for a volume of Museums & Social Issues that will be devoted to “Health and Wellness.”

The editors want to examine questions such as: What is “wellness” in the 21st century? What is a healthy lifestyle today? How are ideas, knowledge, attitudes and personal choices changing towards the question of ‘what is health’? How does the concept of wellness fit with the mission of museums?

Skip over related stories to continue reading article

Take a look at this call and see if your work is a natural fit. If so, I hope you will drop a note to Kris Morrissey (Morriss8@uw.edu) or journaleditor@me.com
by December 6, letting them know of your intent to submit a paper.

AAM Member-Only Content

AAM Members get exclusive access to premium digital content including:

  • Featured articles from Museum Magazine
  • Access to more than 1,500 resource listings from the Resource Center
  • Tools, reports, and templates for equipping your work in museums
Log In

We're Sorry

Your current membership level does not allow you to access this content.

Upgrade Your Membership

Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *