Book Chapter

Memory Cultures of War in European War Museums



Berger S, Cento Bull A, Cercel C, Clarke D, Parish N, Rowley E & Wóycicka Z (2021) Memory Cultures of War in European War Museums. In: Berger S & Kansteiner W (eds.) Agonistic Memory and the Legacy of 20th Century Wars in Europe. Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 69-114.

In this chapter we analyse a number of war museums across Europe, in order to assess the extent to which national(istic) narratives are being subverted and challenged by cosmopolitan and/or agonistic ones. While the representation of violent conflict in war museums lends itself very easily to adversarial contrapositions of friends and foe, it can also foreground the suffering inflicted upon both civilians and soldiers from all warring sides, or indeed highlight dissensus and contestation, offering multiple perspectives including those of the perpetrators and bystanders. This chapter also explores audiences’ motivations, experiences and emotional states, in order to understand the kind of emotions elicited by the different modes of representations, as well as the emotional responses experienced by the visitors.

FundersEuropean Commission (Horizon 2020)
Title of seriesPalgrave Macmillan Memory Studies
Publication date31/12/2021
Publication date online01/01/2022
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place of publicationCham, Switzerland
ISSN of series2634-6265

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Professor Nina Parish
Professor Nina Parish

Professor in French & Francophone, Literature and Languages - Division