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The witness as object : video testimonies in memorial museums

Author: Steffi de Jong
Publisher: New York : Berghahn Books, 2018. ©2018
Series: Museums and collections, v. 10.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In recent years, historical witnessing has emerged as a category of "museum object." Audiovisual recordings of interviews with individuals remembering events of historical importance are now integral to the collections and research activities of museums. They have also become important components in narrative and exhibition design strategies. With a focus on Holocaust museums, this study scrutinizes for the first  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives
Exhibitions
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steffi de Jong
ISBN: 9781785336430 1785336436
OCLC Number: 1008771414
Description: ix, 271 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: AcknowledgementsIntroductionChapter 1. The Witness to History: Conceptual ClarificationsChapter 2. Genealogy: The Witness to History as a Carrier of MemoryChapter 3. Collecting: Turning Communicative Memory into Cultural MemoryChapter 4. Exhibiting: The Witness to History as a Museum ObjectChapter 5. Communicating: Witnesses to History as Didactic MeansConclusionBibliographyIndex
Series Title: Museums and collections, v. 10.
Responsibility: Steffi de Jong.

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Today more than ever before, the historical witness is now a "museum object" in the form of video interviews. With a focus on Holocaust museums, this study scrutinizes this new global phenomenon of  Read more...

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"This excellent volume makes an original and timely contribution to the study of museums on the one hand, and to contemporary reflections on mediated witnessing on the other." * Tamar Katriel, Read more...

 
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