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Dealing with Controversial History in the Museum: A Research Shwocase

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Dealing with Controversial History in the Museum:

A Research Showcase

5th April, University of Bath, 1W2.103

Museums of all kinds are increasingly called upon to provide a space for reflection on contested pasts, from war and colonialism to the legacies of political violence and genocide. In the run-up to this year’s International Museums Day on the theme ‘Museums and Contested Histories: Saying the Unspeakable in Museums’, researchers from the University of Bath will showcase research from current projects that address the role of museums, historical exhibitions and memorials in presenting ‘dark heritage’ and fostering societal debate about controversial history.

The event will take place on 5 April 2017 in room 1W2.103 on the University of Bath’s Claverton Down campus. Attendance is free and the event will include many opportunities for discussion between researchers and museum and heritage professionals. To register your interest, please book your free ticket on https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dealing-with-controversial-history-in-the-museum-a-research-shwocase-tickets-32293190803 . For more information contact Dr Christina Horvath (.

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14.00 Welcome and introduction

14.15 Presenting the UNREST project: Dealing with Difficult Pasts in the Museum (Prof Anna Bull, Dr Nina Parish, Dr Marianna Deganutti), followed by discussion

14.45 Conflicts Between Victims and Museum Professionals in Memorial Museums: The Case of the Victims of State Socialism in East Germany (Dr David Clarke), followed by discussion

15.00 PhD Project Showcase: Digital Memorialization and the Case of the 9/11 Memorial in New York, followed by discussion (Sarah Griffiths), followed by discussion

15.15 Refreshments

15.45 PhD Project Showcase: Investigating Visitor Reponses to First World War Museums (Eleanor Rowley), followed by discussion

16.15 Exploring Co-Production: Making an Exhibition about French Colonialism with Students from the University of Bath (Dr Christina Horvath), followed by discussion

16.45 Round Table: What are the Challenges for Museums Dealing with Contested Pasts Today? (Chair: Dr Christina Horvath)

17.30 Wine reception

Organised by the research cluster ‘The Politics of Culture and Memory’ in the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies, University of Bath.

The event is free of charge and open to everyone.



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