Peggy Levitt sociologist, author and professor


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Discussion with Peggy and others about their project submission to The Next Helsinki

December 17 2016

The transcript of a moderated conversation between Peggy Levitt, Joanna Warsza, and Hanna Snellman is now available. Recorded during Peggy’s visit to Helsinki in September for Finland’s Museum Theme Days 2016, the discussion focused on museums, nations, and migrants and can be found on The Next Helsinki blog

The Next Helsinki is an international competition seeking for innovative ideas to the improvement of the cultural and public space of Helsinki. Launched as an alternative to the controversial Guggenheim Helsinki project, the Next Helsinki has called upon architects, urbanists, artists, and environmentalists to imagine how Helsinki and the South Harbor site allotted to the proposed museum can be transformed for the maximum benefit of the city’s residents and visitors.

Enough Jane Eyre—it’s time to move to a truly global canon

October 27 2016

Peggy comments on the narrowness and persistence of an English language-centric literary canon in the U.S. in an Op-Ed for the National Review of Books. She calls for a serious reexamination of the list of books that have been taught for generations, noting that few of the books receiving the prestige of a major literary prize are written in non-Western languages. Read it here

Levitt Keynote Speaker at Museum symposium in Finland

September 23 2016

On September 22, 2016, Peggy delivered a keynote address at the [Finnish] National Board of Antiquities-sponsored event “Museum Theme Days: Future. Now.” which took place over two days in Helsinki. 

BBC Radio podcast on British Museum

September 22 2016

Peggy recently participated in a program broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (9/8/16) entitled “Missing Continents at the British Museum,” along with host Anthony Gormley, the museum’s new director, and a former trustee. Now available online, they talk about at how this national museum with a world collection must make its holdings accessible to a global audience. Stream program.  

Quoted in an article on Asia Pacific Daily site

May 29 2016

Peggy was interviewed for a piece about what museums are doing to respond to changing demographics and to get more people in the door. Peggy was interviewed for a piece about what museums are doing to respond to changing demographics and to get more people in the door. Pop culture exhibits are becoming more as museums try to attract “new, younger, more diverse audiences.” Read the article.


Recent interviews: both a podcast and a radio program in Sweden

May 29 2016

In May of 2016, Peggy was the keynote speaker at a conference in Sweden at Malmö University entitled Museums in Times of Migration and Mobility: Processes of Representation, Collaboration, Inclusion and Social Change. Medea Vox, a podcast from the university (hosted here by Temi Odumosu, an art historian and post-doctoral researcher in the Living Archives project at the school), caught up with Peggy on her visit to talk about diversification and balancing the pressures of nationalism and multiculturalism in the museum world.  Listen to it here. More on the conference here. Sveriges Radio also grabbed her for a few words at the conference she was attending. Listen to it here

New book recommended in the New York Times

October 29 2015

In a recent article in the New York Times, Holland Cotter asks us to think about what museums should look like in the 21st century. His comments give voice to concerns shared in Levitt's Allegiances and Artifacts, the book he recommends in the article, ”Toward a Museum of the 21st Century.”