Video conference convend by Kirsten Bönker (Köln / Bielefeld) and Thoralf Klein (Loughborough)
A few years ago, I organized a symposium at Princeton University. The theme was: does globalization mean that the social sciences (broadly defined) need to rethink their intellectual foundations? In the end, we came to a draw. Some felt that old models and familiar framings worked fine. Others saw global integration as an intellectual shakeup of the bedrock of methodological nationalism.
In its very conception, the museum as an institution functions as a symbol and social lever for the consolidation of the Eurocentric idea of “universal knowledge” production, while concurrently serving the purpose of “civilizing” the “Other”. With the liberation of African countries from colonial grip following World War II, and especially in the 1960s and 1970s, debates around decolonizing museums gained importance among the newly established international circles of museum professionals.
IntroductionThe Post-socialist and Comparative Memory Studies working group of the Memory Studies Association (PoSoCoMeS) held its first conference online, encouraging meaningful dialogue among scholars studying different geographical areas. In doing so, the working group contributed to high scholarly standards for post-socialist memory studies across disciplines and created a global framework for academic dialogue on post-socialist memory.
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