After re-attracting world’s attention by shining economic growth, Chinese curators in science and technology museum propose to reshape the image of China in historical river. Hence it is unavoidable to deal with the relationship between knowledge of localization and of globalization. The paper attempts to describe and analyze the practices in which the Chinese expressed their thought and sentiment in the science and technology museum.

Each of the localized knowledge of China is global knowledge network node, no matter in space or academic genealogy. Modern science and technology always looks alike globally, the traditional Chinese science and technology and their application all over China reflect the side of localization. In recent thirty years, science and technology museum in China become increasingly active in the formulation of the relationship between these two.

The paper presents multiple practices covered by 7 science and technology museums, including China Science and Technology Museum, Beijing Museum of Natural History, Beijing Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine,
Beijing Planetarium, Geological Museum of China, Shanxi Science and Technology Museum, Dongguan Science and Technology Museum, then summarizes several ways of combing globalized knowledge and localized knowledge together commonly used by Chinese curators, such as chronicle, communication, and Whiggish history. Furthermore the paper focuses on study a number of exhibitions and sections of science and technology museums in China with museology. It covers how to bring brilliant but controversial tradition of scientific and technological knowledge into global knowledge systems; China’s division of work in global knowledge creation; how to express the tension between localization and globalization; how to avoid incommensurability between modern knowledge and non-formal knowledge; how to show the global influence of localized knowledge in science and technology museum properly, etc.

This paper summarizes the advantage and disadvantage when presenting localized knowledge and globalized knowledge in science and technology museum, and suggests related solutions including where to combine localized knowledge and globalised knowledge, how to combine and how to ensure the best effect of science communication.

Finally this paper gets the root cause why exhibition designer could not well handle the relationship between localization and globalization. The reason behind is the exhibition designer does not understand exactly the position of the object to be displayed in the coordinate system of science and humanities, neither for in the history of science.The topic of the localization vs. globalization actually is the reflection of the field of science and technology museum, which is raised by C. P. S now of ‘The Two Cultures’ problem: the split between scientific culture and literary/humanistic culture.

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Global and local knowledge shown in science and technology museum–practice in China

Yang Zhao   China Science and Technology Museum

After re-attracting world’s attention by shining economic growth, Chinese curators in science and technology museum propose to reshape the image of China in historical river. Hence it is unavoidable to deal with the relationship between knowledge of localization and of globalization. The paper attempts to describe and analyze the practices in which the Chinese expressed their thought and sentiment in the science and technology museum.

Each of the localized knowledge of China is global knowledge network node, no matter in space or academic genealogy. Modern science and technology always looks alike globally, the traditional Chinese science and technology and their application all over China reflect the side of localization. In recent thirty years, science and technology museum in China become increasingly active in the formulation of the relationship between these two.

The paper presents multiple practices covered by 7 science and technology museums, including China Science and Technology Museum, Beijing Museum of Natural History, Beijing Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine,
Beijing Planetarium, Geological Museum of China, Shanxi Science and Technology Museum, Dongguan Science and Technology Museum, then summarizes several ways of combing globalized knowledge and localized knowledge together commonly used by Chinese curators, such as chronicle, communication, and Whiggish history. Furthermore the paper focuses on study a number of exhibitions and sections of science and technology museums in China with museology. It covers how to bring brilliant but controversial tradition of scientific and technological knowledge into global knowledge systems; China’s division of work in global knowledge creation; how to express the tension between localization and globalization; how to avoid incommensurability between modern knowledge and non-formal knowledge; how to show the global influence of localized knowledge in science and technology museum properly, etc.

This paper summarizes the advantage and disadvantage when presenting localized knowledge and globalized knowledge in science and technology museum, and suggests related solutions including where to combine localized knowledge and globalised knowledge, how to combine and how to ensure the best effect of science communication.

Finally this paper gets the root cause why exhibition designer could not well handle the relationship between localization and globalization. The reason behind is the exhibition designer does not understand exactly the position of the object to be displayed in the coordinate system of science and humanities, neither for in the history of science.The topic of the localization vs. globalization actually is the reflection of the field of science and technology museum, which is raised by C. P. S now of ‘The Two Cultures’ problem: the split between scientific culture and literary/humanistic culture.

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