I am a Lecturer in Heritage and Programme Director of the MSc Heritage at the University of Stirling (https://www.stir.ac.uk/courses/pg-taught/heritage/). Having joined the Division of History, Heritage and Politics in 2018, I now teach across a wide range of core and option modules on both the BA Hons (Heritage and Tourism) and the MSc Heritage courses. I am also active in the University's Cultural Heritage Programme and the Centre for Environment, Heritage, and Policy.
Prior to joining Stirling, I was a Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of York, where I worked on the Profusion-theme of the AHRC-funded Heritage Futures research programme (https://heritage-futures.org).
Trained as a Social Anthropologist (PhD Manchester, 2011), I have worked on a range of interdisciplinary projects that span my interests in organisational anthropology, contemporary museum practice and theory, cultural heritage, and ethnographic methodologies (including the sensory, visual, and creative knowledge-exchange). This is reflected in my associate membership of the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage in Berlin (http://www.carmah.berlin/people/).
I am also a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and a member of the Association of Social Anthropologists, Museums Association, Museum Ethnographers Group, and the Association of Critical Heritage Studies. After several years as Reviews Editor, I now sit on the Editorial board for 'Anthropology in Action: Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice'. I am regularly invited to peer review for high-profile academic journals, most recently Museum & Society, Curator: The Museum Journal, and Human Relations.
Below you will find a select CV with my most recent achievements, events and activities. For a further list (including publications) please see 'outputs'.
Invited panellist Collections Trust / Social History Curators Group Live webinar panel organised by the Collections Trust on collections disposal, July 2020 (video available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtBRiZWx9Kw&feature=youtu.be)
Other Academic Activities
Local Organising Committee, 'ACHS2020: Futures' 5th Biennial Conference
My main research interest in the field of cultural heritage is the theory and practice of contemporary museums, which I often approach through the lens of organisational ethnography. I am especially interested in changing ideas of what museums are (or what they could be in the future), and how these ideas are experienced and articulated through the everyday practice of professionals working in these institutions.
My PhD (Manchester, 2011) explored the legacy of a major refurbishment of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, which was intended to increase the museum’s social value and impact. My starting point was questions such as ‘what does it mean to be a curator in an object-based, multidisciplinary, and storytelling museum?’. Grounded in twelve-months on-site ethnographic fieldwork - following the work of curators, conservators, managers, designers, cleaners, and volunteer tour-guides, amongst others - I argued for an expanded understanding of who and what implements, sustains, and ultimately shapes the dynamics of museological change (e.g., Morgan, 2018).
Since then, I have developed my interest in professional work, identity, and the 'hidden' or ‘overlooked’ elements of organisational life in new research contexts. As a postdoctoral researcher at Loughborough University, I worked on two interdisciplinary and applied projects to generate ethnographic accounts of ‘tacit’ ways of knowing how to work safely. My research revealed the role of the sensory, affective, embodied, and improvisational, and developed ‘short-term’ ethnographic methods as ‘intense routes to knowing’ (Pink and Morgan, 2013) including autoethnographic (Morgan and Pink, 2017).
I continue to think, research, and write on these areas (I am presently working on an invited contribution on 'collecting' for the Oxford Bibliographies in Anthropology) , while more broadly engaging with non-representational theory (especially Assemblage and Actor Network); phenomenological anthropology; material culture, critical heritage and museum studies approaches.
Morgan J (2018) Assembling the New: Studying Change Through the 'Mundane' in the Museum as Organization. Museum and Society, 16 (2), pp. 157-170. https://journals.le.ac.uk/ojs1/index.php/mas/article/view/2799
Morgan J & Sarah P (2018) Researcher Safety? Ethnography in the Interdisciplinary World of Audit Cultures. Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies, 18 (6), pp. 400-409. https://doi.org/10.1177/1532708617745094
Morgan J (2018) The Human Bower: Exploring Heritage-Futures Through a Participatory Arts-Research Event. All Things Considered...Material Culture and Memory, University College Cork, 09.11.2018-10.11.2018.
Macdonald S & Morgan J (2018) What not to collect: Post-connoisseurial dystopia and the profusion of things. In: Schorch P & McCarthy C (eds.) Curatopia: Museums and the Future of Curatorship. Manchester: Manchester University Press. https://doi.org/10.7765/9781526118202.00010
Morgan J (2018) Containing profusion? Creative potential in crossing borders between homes and museums for sustainable heritage practice. Association of Critical Heritage Studies, 4th Biannual Conference, Hangzhou, China, 01.09.2018-07.09.2018.
Bartolini N, Breithoff E, DeSilvey C, Fredhiem H, Harrison R, Holtorf C, Lyons A, Macdonald S, May S, Morgan J & Penrose S (2018) Assembling Alternative Futures for Heritage. Context, (155), pp. 22-24. http://ihbc.org.uk/page55/context_archive/index.html
Macdonald S & Morgan J (2018) What not to collect? Post-connoisseurial dystopia and the profusion of things (Presentation) Te Papa Museum internal research seminar, Wellington, New Zealand, 27.02.2018-27.02.2018.
Macdonald S & Morgan J (2018) How can we know the future? Uncertainty, transformation, and magical techniques of significance assessment in museum collecting. In: Assessment of Significance: Deuten - Bedeuten - Umdeuten. Assessment of Significance: Interpretation - Implication - Reinterpretation, 11.05.2017-13.05.2017. Berlin, Germany: Deutsches Historisches Museum, pp. 20-26.
Pink S, Morgan J & Andrew D (2017) Making theory, making interventions: Doing applied scholarship at the inbetween. In: Pink S, Fors V & O'Dell T (eds.) Theoretical Scholarship and Applied Practice. Studies in Public and Applied Anthropology, 11. Oxford: Berghahn, pp. 97-117. https://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/PinkTheoretical
Morgan J & Macdonald S (2017) Curating profusion - from connoisseurship to mediation? (Presentation) Museumslabor Seminar Series, Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage, Humboldt University, Berlin, 16.01.2017-16.01.2017. http://www.carmah.berlin/events/talk-sharon-macdonald-and-jennie-morgan-curating-profusion-from-connoisseurship-to-mediation/
Bartolini N, May S, Morgan J & Penrose S (2016) Performing the Processes and Challenges of Early Career Researchers. Past Matters, Research Futures - Conference for Early Career Researchers, London, 12.12.2016-13.12.2016. https://heritage-futures.org/performing-processes-challenges-early-career-researchers/
Pink S, Waterson P, Dainty A, Cheyne A, Haslam R, Gibb A, Morgan J, Hartley R, Finneran A & Bust P (2016) Interdisciplinary research for occupational safety and health knowledge. Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, 14 (1), pp. 22-33. https://doi.org/10.1080/14773996.2016.1235832
Morgan J (2016) 'Tomorrow starts here': Earthquakes, heritage, and the rebuilding of a city. Heritage Futures [Blog Post] 01.08.2016. https://www.heritage-futures.org/tomorrow-starts-here-earthquakes-heritage-and-the-rebuilding-of-a-city/
Morgan J (2016) Meaningful Objects: Stories and Videos from the Curating Domestic Profusion Workshop. Heritage Futures [Website blog and linked videos] 26.04.2016. https://www.heritage-futures.org/curating-domestic-profusion-workshop/
Gibb A, Pinder J, Bust P, Cheyne A, Dainty A, Fray M, Finneran A, Glover J, Hartley R, Haslam R, Jones W, Morgan J, Pink S, Waterson P & Yolande Gosling E (2016) Engagement of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in occupational safety and health: Project know-how. Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. Leicester. https://www.iosh.co.uk/Books-and-resources/Health-and-safety-in-a-changing-world/SMEs-and-micro-organisations-engagement-with-occupational-safety-and-health.aspx
Morgan J (2013) Examining the ‘flexible museum’: exhibition process, a project approach, and the creative element. Museum and Society, 11 (2), pp. 158-171. https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/museumstudies/museumsociety/documents/volumes/morgan
Morgan J (2012) Morgan, J. (2012) 'The cleaning cupboard: An ethnographic look at the production of newness at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum'. In: F. von Bose, K. Poehls, F. Schneider, and A. Schulze (Eds), Museum-X, Panama Verlag, pp.56-64. In: von Bose F, Poehls K, Schneider F & Schulze A (eds.) Museum-X. Museum-X, Berliner Blätter 57/2011. Berlin: Panama Verlag. https://www.panama-verlag.de/programm/museum-x/