Issue 3: Disturbing Pasts: Memories, Controversies and Creativity


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‘Disturbing Pasts: Memories, Controversies and Creativity’ is financially supported by the HERA Joint Research Programme ‘Humanities as a Source of Creativity and Innovation’, co-funded by AHRC, AKA, DASTI, ETF, FNR, FWF, HAZU, IRCHSS, MHEST, NWO, RANNIS, RCN, VR and the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 235366/291827.



Edited by Uilleam Blacker, Elizabeth Edwards and Leon Wainwright.

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Disturbing pasts: Memories, controversies and creativity

Leon wainwright

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Echoes of the Great War: The recordings of African prisoners in the First World War

Annette Hoffmann

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‘A riot of our own’: a reflection on agency

Carol Tulloch

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The exhibition Namibia − Germany: a shared/divided history. Resistance, violence, memory (Cologne, Berlin 2004/2005)

Clara Himmelheber

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Break! On the unpleasant, the marginal, the taboo, and the controversial in Norwegian museums

Liv Ramskjaer

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Making meaning from a fragmented past: 1897 and the creative process

Peju Layiwola

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Mallaby’s car: colonial subjects, imperial actors, and the representation of human suffering in postcolonial exhibitions

Susan Legêne

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Comments on the art and research project ‘The division of the earth – tableaux on the legal synopses of the Berlin Africa conference’

Dierk Schmidt and MALTE JAGUTTIS

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Late photography, military landscapes, and the politics of memory

Simon Faulkner

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Forced displacement, suffering and the aesthetics of loss

Maruška Svašek

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Nuclear war as false memory

John Timberlake

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I miss you, Jew!

Rafal Betlejewski

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Spatial dialogues and Holocaust memory in contemporary Polish art: Yael Bartana, Rafał Betlejewski and Joanna Rajkowska

Uilleam Blacker

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Margit Ellinor: Forgotten images

Bente Geving

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A comment on contemporary Sámi art

Sigrid Lien

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Troubled traces: Painting and displaying intercultural traumas of Aboriginality

Heather kamarra Shearer

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Empowering art: reconfiguring narratives of trauma and hope in the Australian national imaginary

Fiona Magowan

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