Pamela Erskine-Loftus
based out of Doha and New York


Director, The Media Majlis at Northwestern University in Qatar
Representing the Nation: heritage, museums, national narratives and identity in the Arab Gulf States, (Routledge, 2016)
Co-editor and contributor
Museums and the Material World: Collecting the Arabian Peninsula (MuseumsEtc, 2014)
Editor and contributor
Reimagining Museums: Practice in the Arabian Peninsula (MuseumsEtc, 2013)
Editor and contributor


Technology and the 'point of experience: aspects of CCTV as possible museum exhibition evaluation and experience tracker in Qatar
'Multaqa: a forum for Gulf Museum Educators', vol. 2, autumn/fall 2016, p.20-27
Introduction: National Representations or Representations of the Nation: museums, heritage, identity and narratives
Contributor and co-editor, 'Representing the Nation: heritage, museums, national narratives and identity in the Arab Gulf States', Routledge,summer 2016
Multaqa: a forum for Gulf Museum Educators
Editor, vol. 1 of the professional journal of the Gulf Museum Educators Network, spring 2016
Displaying in/the Peninsula:  Museums as Creators of a Visual Identity
"Visual Culture(s) in the Gulf: an anthology", Nadia Mounajjed, ed., Gulf Research Centre Cambridge, January 2016, p.71-90 
Introduction: Ultra-modern Traditional Collecting
Contributor and editor,  'Museums and the Material World: Collecting the Arabian Peninsula', MuseumsEtc, 2014
Disrupting design - the impact of cultural contexts 
Exhibitionist, the journal of the National Association of Museum Exhibition, vol. 33, no.1, spring 2014, p.12-18
Understanding the Audience: museums as socio-cultural environments'
Hand To Hand' (professional journal of the ACM), vol. 27, no. 2, summer 2013
Introduction: common purpose and uncommon outcomes - the cultural transferability of museums
What are we silently saying? Non-verbal communication in exhibitions
Professional Reciprocity and its Opportunities (co-written with Sue Underwood OBE)
Contributor and editor, 'Reimagining Museums: Practice in the Arabian Peninsula', MuseumsEtc., 2013 (second edition, 2014) 
Notes from the Gulf: marketing in a different dimension
Case study co-written with Sue Underwood OBE, ‘Marketing and Public Relations for Museums, Galleries, Cultural and Heritage Attractions’, Y. French & S. Runyard, eds., Routledge, 2011
A brief look at the history of museums in the Region and wider Middle East Introductory essay for 2A Art & Architecture special edition ‘Museums in the Middle East’, issue 13, winter/spring 2010


Curator, Qatar Museums Authority
PhD, museology in the Arabian Peninsula examining art display and exhibition, International Centre for Culture & Heritage Studies (ICCHS), Newcastle University, UK
Head of Interpretation & Education,
Sharjah Museums Department, UAE


Where is the line in the sand?  Museum making and risk taking in the Persian Gulf
MuseumNext, Melbourne, Australia, 15-17 February 2017
Museums in context: identity curation, technology and forces of momentum
'Emerging Technologies in Libraries' symposium, Weill Cornell, Doha, Qatar, 11-13 April 2016
Representing the Nation: the use of heritage and museums to create national narratives and identity in the GCC
Co-chair Gulf Research Meeting 4-day workshop. University of Cambridge, UK, 25-28 August 2014 
The notion of the non-collecting museum in the Gulf States
'Museums in Arabia' conference, Doha, Qatar, 13-16 June 2014
Collecting the (future) Arabian Peninsula
AAM Annual Meeting conference, International Case Study session chair, Seattle, USA. 18-21 May 2014 
Museums in Context: the communication of ‘place’ in exhibitions 
‘Rethinking Museum Display’ International Conference, National Museum Bahrain. 12-15 December 2013
Adaptation of Western Museum Educational Practices
AAM Annual Meeting conference International Case Study session chair, Baltimore, USA. 19-22 May 2013
Understanding the Audience: museums as socio-cultural environments 
Opening address, International Children’s Museum Symposium, Pittsburgh, USA. 3 May 2013
Collaborating on a Global Scale: A Conversation 
Panel discussion, ACM InterActivity conference, Pittsburgh, USA. 30 April-2 May 2013   
Displaying in/the Peninsula:  museums as creators of a visual identity
Presentation paper, ‘Visual Culture in the GCC’, section of the 3rd Gulf Research Meeting, University of Cambridge, UK. July 2012
The museum-cultural heritage relationship in the GCC:  the effects of the use of western-style museum theory and practice on local visitorship 
2012 Gulf Studies Conference, University of Exeter, UK. 16-20 July 2012
Does it matter if museums are ‘global’?Museums and Globalization session, ‘The Role of Museums in Arabia’, Seminar for Arabian Studies conference, British Museum, London, UK. 14-15 July 2012 
Museums and the Community session chair, ‘The Role of Museums in Arabia’ Seminar for Arabian Studies conference, British Museum, London, UK. 14-15 July 2012
Heritage and museums: parental interest in heritage interaction for children
Ministry of Culture, Art and Heritage symposia on heritage and children in Doha, Qatar. 25 October 2011
Museum Education Policy: integrating theory, practice and regional specificities
The Art of Learning conference inaugurating the Education Centre, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar. 10-15 October 2009
Sharing Culture: Museum education responses to globalization 
AAM Conference ‘Marketplace of Ideas’ presentation, Philadelphia. 30 April - 4 May 2009
Non-western contexts and interpretation: the transferability of culture
Lecture, New York University Arts Administration Masters course, New York. 27 April 2009
Museum and university reciprocity: the active use of museums by university students and faculty
With the American University of Sharjah for the ‘March Meeting’, Sharjah, UAE. 17 March 2009, in concert with the opening of the Sharjah Biennial 9


Manager, Department of Education, 
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
AAM Museum Assessment Program Surveyor
Development Coordinator, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, California
MA, Museum Studies, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK, dissertation on the effects of the 1991 Gulf War on art museums in Kuwait and Iraq
Registrars Office, Orange County Museum of Art, California
Certificate in Arts Administration, New York University, New York
Live & work in Manama, Bahrain

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