Mediating Memory in the Museum: Trauma, Empathy, Nostalgia by S. Arnold-de-simineMediating Memory in the Museum: Trauma, Empathy, Nostalgia by S. Arnold-de-simine

Mediating Memory in the Museum: Trauma, Empathy, Nostalgia

byS. Arnold-de-simine

Hardcover | October 18, 2013

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Mediating Memory in the Museum is a contribution to an emerging field of research that is situated at the interface between memory studies and museum studies. It highlights the role of museums in the proliferation of the so-called memory boom as well as the influence of memory discourses on international trends in museum cultures.
Silke Arnold-de Simine is Senior Lecturer in the Department of European Cultures and Languages, Birkbeck, University of London, UK. Previously she taught at the University of Mannheim and the University of Cambridge. She is the editor of Memory Traces: 1989 and the Question of German Cultural Identity (2005), co-edtior of 'Museums and ...
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Title:Mediating Memory in the Museum: Trauma, Empathy, NostalgiaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:239 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.86 inPublished:October 18, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230368867

ISBN - 13:9780230368866

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Table of Contents

List of Figures Glossary Acknowledgments Introduction 1 PART I: MUSEUM, MEMORY, MEDIUM 1. A New Type of Museum? 2. Memory Boom, Memory Wars and Memory Crisis 3. Is There Such a Thing as 'Collective Memory'? 4. Media Frameworks of Remembering 5. Difficult Pasts, Vicarious Trauma: The Concept of 'Secondary Witnessing' 6. Empathy and its Limits in the Museum 7. Nostalgia and Post-Nostalgia in Heritage Sites PART II: THE DEATHS OF OTHERS: REPRESENTING TRAUMA IN WAR MUSEUMS 8. Sites of Trauma 9. Icons of Trauma PART III: SCREEN MEMORIES AND THE 'MOVING' IMAGE: EMPATHY AND PROJECTION IN ISM, LIVERPOOL, AND IWM NORTH, MANCHESTER 10. The Politics of Empathy 11. Testimonial Video Installation 12. Middle Passage Installation 13. The Big Picture in IWM North 14. Guilt, Grief and Empathy PART IV: THE PARADOXES OF NOSTALGIA IN MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE SITES 15. (Post-)Nostalgia for the Museum? The Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford 16. The Ghosts of Spitalfields: 18 Folgate Street and 19 Princelet Street 17. Intangible Heritage, Place and Community: Écomusée d'Alsace 18. Ostalgie - Nostalgia for GDR Everyday Culture? The GDR in the Museum PART V: UNCANNY OBJECTS, UNCANNY TECHNOLOGIES 19. Phantasmagoria and its Spectres in the Museum Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

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Mediating Memory in the Museum is a contribution to an emerging field of research that is situated at the interface between memory studies and museum studies. It highlights the role of museums in the proliferation of the so-called memory boom as well as the influence of memory discourses on international trends in museum cultures."This is essential reading for anyone interested in the role of museums in today's memory culture." (Astrid Erll, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Germany)"Mediating Memory in the Museum provides a comprehensive and engaging study  of the ethics, politics and aesthetics of the new memory museum. Innovatively combining insights from  memory studies, museum studies and media studies Arnold-de Simine goes beyond description to produce a finely-tuned evaluation of  the achievements and limitations of the new museological practices identified in this ground-breaking work." (Susannah Radstone, University of South Australia, Australia)"Silke Arnold-de Simine's clearly written study demonstrates the important contribution memory studies can make to understanding contemporary curatorial and design strategies in museums. Through a series of fascinating case studies, she explores the role of ideas of trauma, witnessing, collective memory, media as prosthetic memories, nostalgia and 'dark tourism'? Above all, she provides a much needed critique of museum assumptions about visitor identification and empathy." (Michelle Henning, University of West London, UK)"An original and much needed contribution to memory and museum studies that draws our attention to the intersections of trauma, empathy and nostalgia within what Arnold de Simine terms the 'memory museum'. The book closely works through  a wide range of powerfully  analyzed case studies that connect together in new ways how we think about difficult pasts in the museum environment." (Anna Reading, Kings College, University of London, UK)