MeLa – Meeting – Newcastle


habbermas – communicative action – rationalising the interpersonal relationships 

“the materialised site of memory,” museums being one of these – expressing validity claims

symbolical nationalisation 

empirical research – historical policy 

museum: a structure that communicates – the re-constrcutiong (building and maintaining) cultural identities 


photography in polish museums

lola arellano-weddleton

sontag negative epiphany 

warsaw – rapidly transforming landscape – city of ruins (warsaw museum)

memory tours

contexts impact perception as memory

barthes punctum

photography and death – the function of photography as centrally memorial  

site specificity: experience of the landscape mediates the experience of the museum 


Battlefield Europe – The conflict of european history 


Contemporary collecting policies 

museums are part of the renegotiation of what it means to be a european

are we collecting with a european perspective (too large a container / too small a container) 

why a container?  

ICOMOS – cultural routes – social mobile contact zone – how does the route become a transnational mobile object 

Diderot – route

Gimblat – route as movement 

Links between FP7 museum and memory projects and citizenships


Museum Europaischer Kulturen

Dahlem museum 

‘Universalising’ tendencies versus the object-material structures

Material culture as symbolic 

European costumes designed by Stephan Hann, Berlin 2010

contact zones <-> boundary objects

Tradition / religion / piety – totalising 

European Cultural Days


Design and the Museum 

Pluralist museum 

“Inventiveness” – how do you encapsulate this / foster this?

Red Location Museum – Lisa Finlay (Holocaust Museum in DC)

Ashmolean Museum

Wider and deeper communication – improving influence / cultural right

Intellectual Ergonomics – harmony / veracity and ergonometry

Community collaboration 


Making of Modern Tyneside

German Emigration Center – theatricism – 

First person approach to the stories – emotional connection 



Doing Identity in Luxembourg

Brubaker 2001 – Identificaiton / Self-identification / Groupness (Max Webers “Zusammengehorigkeitsgefuhl”) 

Avanza and Laferte 2005 – Indentification / Social Image / Group Belonging

Weichhard 1990 – Being identified / Identification / Identification with

Reflexivism – caught between post-structuralism and post-positivist realism

Saussure – signified and signifier.  Derrida – the link between signifier and signified is arbitraray.  Lacan – mirror stage – the central or ideal ‘I’ is socially constructed 

Habitus versus performativity – Butler

The self is all but a constant renegotiation – Anthony Giddens – allows for the

Chapter 8: New Epistemologies: Post-Positivist Accounts of IdentityLinda Martín Alcoff – “The limit of human embodied experience”




Memento Park – Stalin’s boots replic (symbol of the 1956 uprising)  

House of Terror, Budapest – shadow ‘terror’

Jean Monnet – “here was conceived in 1950 the idea of the european project” 

Robert Schumann – Maison Schuman exhibition 



Media as Forming the Nation

Nationalism developed, according to Benedict Anderson, in the 18th century when print media began “fostering a new sense of attachment, in this case among those who read the same newspapers, or imagined the same fictional communities through novels”. This allowed:


Chapter 8: New Epistemologies: Post-Positivist Accounts of IdentityLinda Martín Alcoff


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