Curating Difficult Knowledge: Violent Pasts in Public Places available for pre-order

The volume Curating Difficult Knowledge: Violent Pasts in Public Places grew out of an April 2009 CEREV conference of the same name at Concordia, co-sponsored by Université de Montréal. The volume, edited by affiliates Erica Lehrer, Cynthia E. Milton, and Monica Eileen Patterson, is being published as part of Palgrave Macmillan’s series in Memory Studies. Currently available for pre-order, it is due on shelves this July.

Reviewer Sharon Macdonald, museum expert and Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester, UK, says of the volume:

“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.”

A book launch is planned for September, 2011 in the CEREV Workshop. Stay tuned for more information.

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