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Title:
Contested Memory and Re-configured Master Narratives: Museum Institution in Totalitarian Regimes
Author:
Kristin Kutma: University of Tartu, Estonia
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Year:
2012
Conference:
National Museums and the Negotiation of Difficult Pasts: Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus; European National Museums: Identity Politics; the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen; Brussels 26-27 January 2012: EuNaMus Report No 8
Issue:
082
Article no.:
005
Pages:
79-90
No. of pages:
12
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2012-01-17
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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This paper starts with the conceptualization of museum as an institution of memory; in order to investigate how national museums have handled difficult pasts; conflicting stories or contested objects. It will take a closer look at the institutional experience of Estonian museums under the conditions of repressive political regimes in the 1940s and 1950s; with a longer discussion of the Stalinist period and the constraints of the Soviet museum system. This paper looks at institutions and the fate of collections in order to provide a survey on how collections were transformed in the course of these decades. The institutions introduced here are the Estonian History Museum; the Art Museum of Estonia; and the Estonian National Museum. The profound reorganizations; destructions and redistributions that occurred have determined the collections; as they exist today while defining the fate of particular museums. The other focus is on the interpretation of the Second World War and its representations under transformative socio-political conditions and in the period of post-Soviet transition.

National Museums and the Negotiation of Difficult Pasts: Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus; European National Museums: Identity Politics; the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen; Brussels 26-27 January 2012: EuNaMus Report No 8

Author:
Kristin Kutma
Title:
Contested Memory and Re-configured Master Narratives: Museum Institution in Totalitarian Regimes
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National Museums and the Negotiation of Difficult Pasts: Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus; European National Museums: Identity Politics; the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen; Brussels 26-27 January 2012: EuNaMus Report No 8

Author:
Kristin Kutma
Title:
Contested Memory and Re-configured Master Narratives: Museum Institution in Totalitarian Regimes
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