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Curating Difficult Knowledge

Violent Pasts in Public Places

  • Erica Lehrer
  • Cynthia E. Milton
  • Monica Eileen Patterson

Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction: Witnesses to Witnessing

    1. Erica Lehrer, Cynthia E. Milton
      Pages 1-19
  3. Bearing Witness between Museums and Communities

  4. Visualizing the Past

  5. Materiality and Memorial Challenges

  6. Afterword: The Turn to Pedagogy: A Needed Conversation on the Practice of Curating Difficult Knowledge

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 210-219

About this book


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 contributors explore the challenges of bearing witness to past conflicts.


conflicts discourse genocide inquiry Inuit John Milton knowledge memory Museum pedagogy photography politics religion tolerance Yugoslavia

Editors and affiliations

  • Erica Lehrer
    • 1
  • Cynthia E. Milton
    • 2
  • Monica Eileen Patterson
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Concordia UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Département d’histoireUniversité de MontréalCanada
  3. 3.History DepartmentsConcordia UniversityCanada
  4. 4.Université de MontréalCanada

About the editors

ANDREW HERSCHER Teacher, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, USA HEATHER IGLOLIORTE Inuk Curator and art historian from the Nunatsiavut Territory of Labrador, Canada SLAWOMIR KAPRALSKI Faculty member, Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland TAMAR KATRIEL Author and Researcher into the Occupied Palestinian Territories ERIN MOSELY Ph.D. Candidate in African Studies and History at Harvard University, USA DARREN NEWBURY Professor of Photography, Birmingham City University, UK ROGER SIMON Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, Canada AMY SODARO Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at the New School for Social Research, USA VIV SZEKERES Graduate in History and Education, London, UK.

Bibliographic information


'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