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Title: The legacy of communism – difficult histories, emotions and contested narratives
Authors: Watson, Sheila
First Published: 4-Oct-2017
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: International Journal of Heritage Studies, 2017
Abstract: This paper considers contested and traumatic narratives, using a case study of the planned National Museum of Romanian Communism and the site of Jilava Penitentiary, a former communist prison, near Bucharest in Romania. It discusses what happened when representatives from different groups of former victims and perpetrators met together with facilitators and worked towards a shared understanding of the past to reach some consensus about how to deal with different and apparently conflicting narratives within a new museum of communism. It draws on notions of emotional communities in order to understand the role heritage plays in contested situations. It also considers the nature of transitional justice in this context.
DOI Link: 10.1080/13527258.2017.1378913
ISSN: 1352-7258
eISSN: 1470-3610
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2017, Taylor & Francis (Routledge). Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, School of Museum Studies

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