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Presentations of war and violence in museums generally oscillate between the fascination of terror and its instruments and the didactic urge to explain violence and, by analysing it, make it easier to handle and prevent. The museums concerned also have to face up to these basic issues about the social and institutional handling of war and violence.

Questions:
Does war really belong in museums? And if it does, what objectives and means are involved? Can museums avoid trivializing and aestheticising war, transforming violence, injury, death and trauma into tourist sights? What images of shock or identification does one generate – and what images would be desirable? and many more…

You are cordially invited to respond to the call for papers.

The closing date for submissions is 19th November 2010. Contributions to the conference are anticipated to be up to 30 minutes long, followed by 15 minutes of discussion.
Submissions should include the working title, an outline proposal (max. 1
page) and a brief c.v.

Contact and further information:
Sabine Fauland
Universalmuseun Joanneum
Museumsakademie Joanneum
Schloss Eggenberg, Eggenberger Allee 90, 8020 Graz, Austria
museumsakademie@museum-joanneum.at

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