Educational Role of Memorial Museums in Critical Thinking and Learning about the Violent Past
The moral imperative of “Never again” has been extensively utilized in public discourse following numerous instances of violent conflicts and political violence in the 20th and 21st centuries. However, despite its frequent use, new forms of conflicts and violence continue to persist across the world. In contemporary times, museums and memorials have become key sites for institutionalizing the “never again” assertion within public spaces.
But in what way does violence belong in museums, with which means and to what ends? Do representations of war and violence in museums trivialize and aestheticize war, transforming violence and trauma into attractions? Or do they use educational initiatives to explain violence and to make it possible to come to terms with it? In order to understand educational potential of memorial museums, Tamara Banjeglav explores how memorial museums teach about violence and how violence is represented in museum exhibitions.
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