2017/02/07

| Columbia UP | Desegregating the Past by Robyn Autry

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The Public Life of Memory in the United States and South Africa

Robyn Autry

"As both a historian and museum curator, I believe that Autry's sociological analysis of museums as institutions and as producers of collective memories is groundbreaking. Her extensive research in the United States and South Africa illuminates the difficulties of producing contemporary national narratives from the messy, contentious, and violent elements of both nation's pasts."-Fath Davis Ruffins, Curator, National Museum of American History

The scale at which violent racial pasts have been incorporated into South African national historical narratives is lacking in the U.S. Desegregating the Past considers why this is the case, tracking the production and display of historical representations of racial pasts at museums in both countries and what it reveals about underlying social anxieties, unsettled emotions, and aspirations surrounding contemporary social fault lines around race. Read more ...

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