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Entering Two Minefields: Research for Policy-Making and the Creation of New History Museums in Europe
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Department of Culture Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7361-3068
House of European History, European Parliament.
Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society, Brussels.
2012 (English)Conference proceedings (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

All over Europe, the founding of new history museums brings to the fore questions as to which stories should be told, which objects should be put on display, for what audiences and with what results and future possibilities. This collection of papers brings together reflections on the nature and roles of history museums on a general level with reports from case studies in Brussels, Berlin, Warsaw and Paris. The cases dwell on the challenges and negotiations of collections, communities and citizenship that arise when polities create new museums. How to balance political and intellectual concerns? The report starts out with the intersection between policy and research, including interventions from the European Commission and reflections on the balancing acts involved in producing research with policy relevance. The conference and the report were co-produced by EuNaMus and the House of European History.

The conference proceedings are produced within the three-year research programme EuNaMus – European National Museums: Identity Politics, the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen, coordinated at Tema Q at Linköping University ( EuNaMus explores the creation and power of the heritage created and presented by European national museums to the world, Europe and its states, as an unsurpassable institution in contemporary society. National museums are defined and explored as processes of institutionalized negotiations where material collections and displays make claims and are recognized as articulating and representing national values and realities. Questions asked in the project are why, by whom, when, with what material, with what result and future possibilities are this museums shaped.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2012. , 91 p.
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings, ISSN 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online) ; 83
, EuNaMus Report, 9
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Cultural Studies Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-104315OAI: diva2:696672
Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus, European National Museums: Identity Politics, the Uses of the Past, and the European Citizen. Brussels 25 January 2012
EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 244305

Correction: The series name on the title page is incorrect. The correct series name is Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings, No. 83.

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