Critical Studies: Re-thinking and
Re-Imagining Museums for Peace
The 10th International Conference of Museums for Peace
Title: Critical Studies: Re-thinking and Re-Imagining Museums for Peace
Author: Joyce Apsel; Clinical Professor NYU; President Institute for Study of Genocide (USA)
Abstract: This presentation analyzes the range of museums and sites that affiliate themselves with museums for peace worldwide. Beginning with recent commemorations about the end of the 75th anniversary of World War Two, the ongoing covid pandemic, and social and political unrest, the author argues this is an important time to re-evaluate and re-think a series of cultural institutions notably museums for peace. By examining the strengths and weaknesses of current sites that see themselves as museums for peace, the paper provides suggestions from language to a stronger emphasis on positive peace and links to human rights and other interconnected theme as mechanisms to re-think and re-imagine the exhibits and education in a range of museums for peace world-wide.