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

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