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Authors:Jennifer Carter: School of Architecture, McGill University, Montréal, Canada
Publication title:Canada at the “Crossroads”: Global Citizenship; Narrative History; and The Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Conference:National museums in a global world. NaMu III; Department of culture studies and oriental languages; University of Oslo; Norway; 19–21 November 2007
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:031
Article No.:007
Abstract:This essay considers the intentions of the twenty-first century narrative history museum in relation to the museological genre’s predecessor in eighteenth-century France. In particular; the example of the newly-founded Canadian Museum for Human Rights; Canada’s first and only museum dedicated entirely to the subject of human rights; and the first federal museum to be erected outside of the nation’s capital in 40 years; signals great change in the contemporary concept of “nation”. The globalized world we inhabit has given rise to a new historiography: one that is transnational and that addresses such universal issues as human rights; oppression; violence; and pandemic crises such as AIDS. In light of the new historiography and political landscape of our shared global community; this essay considers the impact of globalization on the museum institution; by examining the foundations and conceptual development of the most recent type of narrative history museum to appear in Canada. Broadly speaking; this article asks what it means to present the new historiography in the context of the contemporary narrative history museum; while exploring the implications of exhibiting this subject matter and how it engages the critical consciousness and imagination of a universal citizenry.
Language:English
Year:2007
No. of pages:10
Pages:81-90
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/031/007/ecp0703107.pdf
Available:2008-07-16
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

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Jennifer Carter (2007). Canada at the “Crossroads”: Global Citizenship; Narrative History; and The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, National museums in a global world. NaMu III; Department of culture studies and oriental languages; University of Oslo; Norway; 19–21 November 2007 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=031;article=007 (accessed 10/31/2014)