Curating Difficult Knowledge: Violent Pasts In Public Places by E. Lehrer

Curating Difficult Knowledge: Violent Pasts In Public Places

EditorE. Lehrer, C. Milton, M. Patterson

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This volume inscribes an innovative domain of inquiry, bringing museum and heritage studies to bear on questions of transitional justice, memory and post-conflict reconciliation. As practitioners, artists, curators, activists and academics,the contributorsexplore the challenges of bearing witness to past conflicts.

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ERICA LEHRER is Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Post-Conflict Studies at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. She has published andundertaken experimental curatorial work on Jewish heritage and memory in post-Communist Poland.CYNTHIA E. MILTONis Canada Research Chair in Latin American History and Associate Professo...
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Title:Curating Difficult Knowledge: Violent Pasts In Public PlacesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:October 4, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Witnesses to Witnessing; E.Lehrer & C.E.Milton
PART I: BEARING WITNESS BETWEEN MUSEUMS AND COMMUNITIES
'We were so far away': Exhibiting Inuit Oral Histories of Residential Schools; H.Igloliorte
The Past is a Dangerous Place: the Museum as a Safe Haven; V.Szekeres
Teaching Tolerance through Objects of Hatred: The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia as 'Counter-Museum'; M.E.Patterson
Politics of the Past: Remembering the Rwandan Genocide at the Kigali Memorial Center; A.Sodaro
PART II: VISUALIZING THE PAST
Living Historically through Photographs in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Reflections on Kliptown Museum, Soweto; D.Newbury
Showing and Telling: Photography Exhibitions in Israeli Discourses of Dissent; T.Katriel
Visualizing Apartheid: Re-framing Truth and Reconciliation through Contemporary South African Art; E.Mosely
PART III: MATERIALITY AND MEMORIAL CHALLENGES
Points of No Return: Cultural Heritage and Counter-Memory in Post-Yugoslavia; A.Herscher
Defacing Memory: (Un)tying Peru's Memory Knots; C.E.Milton
(Mis)representations of the Jewish Past in Poland's Memoryscapes: Nationalism, Religion and Political Economies of Commemoration; S.Kapralski
Afterward: The Turn to Pedagogy: a Needed Conversation on the Practice of Curating Difficult Knowledge; R.I.Simon
Index

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"How to put difficult knowledge on public display is one of the biggest challenges for curators. It is also of major importance in contemporary civic life: what should be said and shown in museums, and how? This raises fascinating and complex intellectual and political questions. This book exposes and tackles these brilliantly through excellent discussion of a wide range of provocative cases. It should be read by anybody concerned with the dilemmas of curating difficult knowledge." - Sharon Macdonald, Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester, UK