Museums and Sites of Persuasion examines the concept of museums and memory sites as locations that attempt to promote human rights, democracy and peace. Demonstrating that such sites have the potential to act as powerful spaces of persuasion or contestation, the book also shows that there are perils in the selective memory and history that they present.

Examining a range of museums, memorials and exhibits in places as varied as Burundi, Denmark, Georgia, Kosovo, Mexico, Peru, Vietnam and the US, this volume demonstrates how they represent and try to come to terms with difficult histories. As sites of persuasion, the contributors to this book argue, their public goal is to use memory and education about the past to provide moral lessons to visitors that will encourage a more democratic and peaceful future. However, the case studies also demonstrate how political, economic and social realities often undermine this lofty goal, raising questions about how these sites of persuasion actually function on a daily basis.

Straddling several interdisciplinary fields of research and study, Museums and Sites of Persuasion will be essential reading for those working in the fields of museum studies, memory studies, and genocide studies. It will also be essential reading for museum practitioners and anyone engaged in the study of history, sociology, political science, anthropology and art history.

part I|2 pages

Museums, politics and persuasion

chapter |16 pages


Memory, politics and human rights
ByJoyce Apsel, Amy Sodaro

chapter 1|18 pages

Selective Memory

Memorial museums, human rights, and the politics of victimhood
ByAmy Sodaro

part II|2 pages

Writing national histories

chapter 2|17 pages

Between Traditional And Modern Museology

Exhibiting national history in the Museum of Georgia
ByMalkhaz Toria

chapter 3|18 pages

Curating Enslavement And The Colonial History Of Denmark

The 2017 centennial 1
ByAstrid Nonbo Andersen

chapter 4|15 pages

Kosovo’s NEWBORN monument

Persuasion, contestation, and the narrative constructions of past and future
ByAlissa Boguslaw

part III|2 pages

Displaying difficult pasts

chapter 5|25 pages

“Inspiration Lives Here”

Struggle, martyrdom, and redemption in Atlanta’s National Center for Civil and Human Rights
ByJoyce Apsel

chapter 6|17 pages

The SƠN MỸ Memorial And Museum

A continuous memorial service to remember and bear witness to the 1968 Mỹ Lai Massacre
ByRoy Tamashiro

chapter 7|18 pages

Memory as Persuasion

Historical discourse and moral messages at Peru’s Place of Memory, Tolerance, and Social Inclusion
ByJoseph P. Feldman

part IV|2 pages

Resistance through memory

chapter 8|21 pages

Mexico City’S Memorial to the Victims of Violence and the FaÇADE Of Participation

ByBenjamin Nienass, Alexandra Délano Alonso

chapter 9|19 pages

Narratives Of Ethnic And Political Conflict In Burundian Sites Of Persuasion

BySixte Vigny Nimuraba, Douglas Irvin-Erickson

chapter |5 pages


ByJoyce Apsel, Amy Sodaro