Reading List: Corporate Museums & Petrochemicals


Barrett, R. and Worden, D. (eds.) (2014). Oil Culture. University of Minnesota Press.

Bouquet, M., & Porto, N. (Eds.). (2006). Science, magic and religion: the ritual processes of museum magic (Vol. 23). Berghahn Books.

Crump, J.R. (1999). What cannot be seen will not be heard: The production of landscape in Moline, Illinois. Ecumene, 6(3), pp.295-317.

Evans, M. (2015). Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts. Pluto Press.

Hicks, D. (2020). The Brutish Museums. The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution. Pluto Press.

LeMenager, S. (2013). Living Oil: Petroleum Culture in the American Century. Oxford University Press.

Littmann, W. (2003). The Production of Goodwill: The Origins and Development of the Factory Tour in America. Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture, 9, pp.71-84.

Molella, A.P. (1999). Science in American Life, National Identity, and the Science Wars: A Curators View. Curator: The Museum Journal, 42(2), pp.108-116.


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January 15, 2021 - 6:55am

Critical Commentary

This reading list began as a Twitter thread -- thanks to everyone who contributed.

There is also a collaborative Google Doc, including the readings, videos and museum websites. You are welcome to add more material. 

Cite as

Anonymous, "Reading List: Corporate Museums & Petrochemicals", contributed by Tim Schütz, Disaster STS Network, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 15 January 2021, accessed 17 May 2022.