CALL FOR PAPERS: (DE)COMMEMORATION
EDITED BOOK IN THE BERGHAHN BOOKS “Worlds of Memory” SERIESContinue reading
EDITED BOOK IN THE BERGHAHN BOOKS “Worlds of Memory” SERIESContinue reading
Victoria Bishop Kendzia, Berlin, June 2020
Author of VISITORS TO THE HOUSE OF MEMORY
I thought it might be helpful to future readers to share my impressions of an online lecture and discussion I was invited to give and moderate recently.
It was part of a class and the Frei Universität Berlin. Most of the students were in public history, some in Jewish Studies. The instructor mentioned having come across Visitors sort of by accident and was happy to have done so.
She then assigned the final concluding chapter to her students. This chapter is trying to find a way toward a more inclusive culture of memory: one that does not marginalize Berliners of non-German background and/or stigmatize Muslims in Germany, especially, as not belonging to the national community. The research situations exposed that they were all too often seen as not being part of the conversation on this topic were even cast as a threat to it, in the form of being the new (and only?) anti-Semites.
What she found most compelling in the book were two things:
It is not accident, I believe, that the instructor chose the final chapter for her class. It is here that everything comes together. Indeed, the book has a gradual build up toward the most problematic issues that emerged during the research process. I have kept it this way deliberately, as this is how I, myself, experienced it. I very much wanted and want the readers to join me along this path from my first steps in the museum and contact in the schools to the difficulties encountered along the way to the critical, but not jaded, view I finally came to adopt.
The discussion with the students in this Frei Universität class was quite heartening as the main concern was how to mitigate against the mechanisms of exclusion made visible in the book. I found this especially encouraging as it is very likely that students such as those who took part in this discussion make up the present and future carriers and narrators of this memory.
Victoria Bishop Kendzia is a teaching fellow at Humboldt University, Berlin. Her publications include “‘Jewish’ Ethnic Options in Germany between Attribution and Choice: Auto-Ethnographical Reflections at the Jewish Museum Berlin” in the Anthropological Journal of European Cultures. She completed her doctorate at Humboldt’s Institute of European Ethnology.
VISITORS TO THE HOUSE OF MEMORY
Identity and Political Education at the Jewish Museum Berlin
Victoria Bishop Kendzia
Vol. 9, MUSEUMS AND COLLECTIONS
“Provides an inspiring approach at a time when generational and societal changes call for the emendation of well-established patterns of memory and remembrance.” • German Studies Review
As one of the most visited museums in Germany’s capital city, the Jewish Museum Berlin is a key site for understanding not only German-Jewish history, but also German identity in an era of unprecedented ethnic and religious diversity. Visitors to the House of Memory is an intimate exploration of how young Berliners experience the Museum. How do modern students relate to the museum’s evocative architecture, its cultural-political context, and its narrative of Jewish history? By accompanying a range of high school history students before, during, and after their visits to the museum, this book offers an illuminating exploration of political education, affect, remembrance, and belonging.
A Review by Diana E. Marsh
As of May 5, 2020, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s (NMNH) virtual tour had been viewed by over one million online visitors. The 3D tour allows users to navigate through exhibit spaces, read texts, and view specimens. Users tap or click their way through the museums’ halls using virtual arrows along the floor of the galleries, or swipe to rotate up to 360° in one spot. They can also use a virtual floorplan to move into spaces of their choice.Continue reading
We are pleased to announce new and forthcoming titles in our Museums and Collections series.
As houses of memory and sources of information about the world, museums function as a dynamic interface between past, present and future. Museum collections are increasingly being recognized as material archives of human creativity and as invaluable resources for interdisciplinary research. Museums provide powerful forums for the expression of ideas and are central to the production of public culture: they may inspire the imagination, generate heated emotions and express conflicting values in their material form and histories. This series explores the potential of museum collections to transform our knowledge of the world, and for exhibitions to influence the way in which we view and inhabit that world. It offers essential reading for those involved in all aspects of the museum sphere: curators, researchers, collectors, students and the visiting public.
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The Wende Museum of the Cold War is an art museum, historical archive, and educational institution in Culver City, California. As of November 2017, the museum has reopened in a 1949 former national guard armory. To celebrate its reopening, we’ve compiled a list of Wende books below:
Berlin Divided City, 1945-1989
Edited by Philip Broadbent and Sabine Hake
The ‘Conservative Revolutionaries’
The Protestant and Catholic Churches in Germany after Radical Political Change in the 1990s
Bloom And Bust
Urban Landscapes In The East Since German Reunification
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East German Cinema 1946-1992
Edited by Seán Allan and John Sandford
Disenchantment With Market Economics
East Germans and Western Capitalism
From The Bonn To The Berlin Republic
Germany At The Twentieth Anniversary Of Unification
Edited by Jeffrey Anderson and Eric Langenbacher
East German Schools After Unification
Rosalind M. O. Pritchard
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