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 Nan Hu

Nan Hu

Research student, School of Journalism, Media and Culture

Email
hun2@cardiff.ac.uk
Campuses
Two Central Square, Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1FS

Overview

Nan Hu (Esther Copeland) is a PhD Candidate at the School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC).


Nan's research interests include the evolving concept and definition of the museum, visitor studies in the museum settings especially the conceptualisation of visitor experience, and the methodological issues in capturing and analysing visitor experience. She is also interested in exploring the development of museums in China.


Prior to my PhD, I completed a MA in International Journalism at JOMEC, Cardiff University.

Research

Research interests


  • Museums and Cultural Institutions

  • Visitor Engagement

  • Visitor Experience


Co-investigator on 'Learnings from the Covid-19 'pivot to digital': A case study of the Philbrook Museum of Art' funded by Global Wales International Research Mobility Fund (£3550) 2021

Teaching

  • Media Scholarship
  • Representation

Thesis

Exploring Museums’ Transformation towards Cultural Hubs in the 21st Century: A Case Study of Design Society, Shenzhen, China

This thesis explores the changing trend of museums ‘increasingly grow[ing] into their roles as cultural hubs’, a trend that was identified by The International Council of Museums (ICOM) in 2019. A Chinese institution, Design Society has been chosen as the case study.


There is a wide body of research and much conceptual debate about what constitutes a museum, what role they fulfill in society, and how they might develop in the future, as well as how they function practically day-to-day. However, there is very little research that examines the contemporary development towards museums as ‘cultural hubs’. The lack of research into this trend means our knowledge and understanding of museum transformation needs to be expanded through more research.


As a novel institution, Design Society, a cultural institution in Shenzhen, China recognise itself as a ‘culture hub’. A dual-perspective of examining the case study of Design Society was chosen, from both an institutional and a visitor’s perspective. Supported by rich evidence gathered through a mixed-methods approach, this study contributes to the body of scholarship that has been concerned to understand the concept of the museum and the general direction of museum development towards being more 'visitor-centred' in the 21st century. It also provides timely insights and suggestions for museum practitioners and cultural sectors in China and beyond. By studying a Chinese institution, this research also expands the field of international museum studies where western contexts and perspectives have traditionally been dominant.

Supervisors

Jenny Kidd

Dr Jenny Kidd

Reader and Director of Postgraduate Research

Paul Bowman

Professor Paul Bowman

Professor of Cultural Studies

Publications

2017