Within the EU-Horizon-2020-funded project Unsettling Remembering and Social Cohesion in
Transnational Europe (UNREST),1 one work package (WP4) analyzed the memorial regimes of
museums related to the history of World War I and World War II in Europe. An article by Anna
Cento Bull and Hans Lauge Hansen (2016) entitled “Agonistic Memory” provided the theoretical
framework for the analysis. Drawing on Chantal Mouffe’s work (2005, 2013), the authors distinguish
three memorial regimes: antagonistic, cosmopolitan, and agonistic.
Unexpected Encounters: Museums Nurturing Living and Ageing Well
As the world’s population ages, how can museums nurture living and aging well? The conference
Unexpected Encounters: Museums Nurturing Living and Ageing Well, organized by the Research
Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) from the School of Museum Studies, University of
Leicester, set out to interrogate this question, and invited conference delegates to consider how
museums unconsciously make assumptions about older people and perpetuate the dominant
societal view of aging as a “problem.”
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