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Update: UCL Qatar’s Research on National Museums and the Public Imagination.

10 June 2018

Dr Waleed Serhan, Research Associate at UCL Qatar, shares some updates about the research project ,led by Dr Karen Exell “National Museums and the Public Imagination: A Longitudinal Study of the National Museum of Qatar”

The project aims to develop an understanding of the social and cultural perceptions around the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) prior to its opening, and then analyse the change in these perceptions among Qataris and expatriates through the impact of the NMoQ post-opening.

NMoQ by Karen Exell

The team is now half way through year two of the project and we have so far

conducted approximately 135 in-depth interviews, 6 focus groups, and a telephone survey with 1500 Qataris and expatriates, in addition to 4 media content analysis reports. 

The research follows an inductive approach that allows for flexibility to incorporate events as they unfold. This has allowed us to integrate unforeseen events into the research such as the blockade against Qatar, and in practice, this has enhanced our research rather than hindered it. 

The research project has trained ten student research assistants, both Qatari and expatriate, in qualitative research methods and offered the opportunity to apply this training in practice over a period of several months. Therefore, this project has the community in mind and the goals on the 2030 Qatari national vision in terms of creating and strengthening a knowledge based economy in Qatar. 


For previous updates and information about this research project, please visit:

www.ucl.ac.uk/qatar/qatar-news/nmoq-waleed-serhan or 

www.museumsimagination-ucl.com

UCL Qatar’s research project “National Museums and the Public Imagination: A Longitudinal Study of the National Museum of Qatar” is a research project led by Dr Karen Exell (Honorary Researcher and former Senior Lecturer in Museums and Gallery practice at UCL Qatar) and a team of international and Qatar-based researchers and academics. The project is funded by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) from August 2016 to October 2019, and it aims to develop an understanding of the social and cultural perceptions around the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) prior to its opening, and then analyse the change in these perceptions among Qataris and expatriates through the impact of the NMoQ post-opening. On a more theoretical level, it aims to examine the construction, negotiation, and reshaping of Qatari National Identity through the museum and the interrelated nation-building process. The research project involves six researchers and eight research assistants, and is designed around a pre-opening and post-opening stage of the NMoQ.