Exploring the challenges facing public historians as they seek to address difficult or traumatic pasts.
- June 22, 2023 (June 23, 2023 )
- 16:00 - 18:30
This conference, organized in collaboration with United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, brings together leading scholars and practitioners from Europe and North America to Belfast, Northern Ireland, to interrogate the challenges facing historians and museum professionals as they seek to address difficult or traumatic pasts in various contexts.
Following three days of closed workshops focusing on three case studies—the Holocaust, the legacies of race and slavery in the US, and the Northern Ireland conflict—the speakers will reflect on the representation of these histories in museum collections, archives, oral histories and public space.
A number of travel bursaries are available to allow early career researchers to attend. For more details see here.
Deadline for registration: Friday 2 June 2023
Programme of Events
Thursday 22 June 2023
|4:00pm||Registration, tea and coffee||Peter Froggat Centre foyer|
Prof Susan Neiman (Director, Einstein Forum, Potsdam)
|Emeleus Lecture Theatre|
Friday 23 June 2023
Collection and Exhibition of Material Culture of Conflict and Trauma
Discussant: Dr Leonie Hannan (Queen's University Belfast)
Caroline Sturdy Colls (Staffordshire University)
William Blair (Director of Collections, National Museums NI)
Eve Rosenhaft (Liverpool University)
Archival Collections Methodologies
Discussant: Zachary Levine (US Holocaust Memorial Museum)
Christine Schmidt (Wiener Holocaust Library)
Pamela Linden (Queen’s University Belfast)
Cahal McLoughlin (Queen’s University Belfast)
Difficult Oral Histories
Discussant: Dr Maurice Casey (Queen's University Belfast)
Stuart Aveyard (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Livi Dee (Queen’s University Belfast)
Trina Cooper-Bolam (University of Concordia)
Memorials and Public Space Commemorating Conflict and Trauma
Discussant: Prof. Penny von Eschen (University of Virginia)
Kevin Gaines (University of Virginia)
Ruth Mandel (University College London)
Laura McAtackney (University College Cork)
This conference is supported by Queen’s University’s Engaged Research Seed Fund and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Image courtesy of the United States Holocaust Museum.
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