Mediating Memory in the Museum: Trauma, Empathy, Nostalgia

Hardcover | October 17, 2013

bySilke Arnold-de Simine

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Mediating Memory in the Museum is a contribution to an emerging field of research which 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. By looking at a range of museums in Germany, Britain, France and Belgium, which address a diverse spectrum of topics such as migration, difficult and dark heritage, war, slavery and the GDR, Arnold-de Simine outlines the paradigm shifts in exhibiting practices associated with the transformation of traditional history museums and heritage sites into 'spaces of memory' over the past thirty years. She probes the political and ethical claims of new museums and maps the relevance of key concepts such as 'vicarious trauma', 'secondary witnessing', 'empathic unsettlement', 'prosthetic memory' and 'reflective nostalgia' in the museum landscape.

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Mediating Memory in the Museum is a contribution to an emerging field of research which 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. By ...

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...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 10.68 × 5.78 × 0.62 inPublished:October 17, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230368867

ISBN - 13:9780230368866

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Glossary
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
PARTI: 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
PARTII: 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