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Mapping and taking academic turns in collection history studies: Reflections on the issues of the Journal of the History of Collections

Da Zeng1* Ruihan Shuai2 Jialin Mo2
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1 Academic Affairs office, Capital Normal University, 100048, Beijing, China
2 Academy of Fine Arts, Capital Normal University, 100048, Beijing, China
Submitted: 6 February 2023 | Accepted: 9 February 2023 | Published: 1 March 2023
© 2023 by the Author(s). This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution -Noncommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0) ( )

This paper translates and collates the contents of all the issues published by the Journal of the History of Collections, one of Oxford University Press’s academic journals, since its inception in 1989. A detailed analysis of the changes in article topics or themes in the journal is presented, based on which this paper demonstrates that the focus of research in this field has undergone three shifts on a decennial basis. By examining collectors’ social identities, motives for collecting, and changes in collection categories, this paper provides significant insights into a theoretical framework that sustains the scholarship. It also provides a preliminary overview of current studies on the history of collections in both Chinese and Western academia, seeking to provide some guidance for future explorations of the scholarship.

Research methodology for collection history studies
Collectors’ social identities
Motive for collecting
Collection category
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