The Public Historian Volume 30, Number 1 (2008)
Special Issue: Sites of Conscience: Opening Historic Sites for Civic Dialogue
University of California Press Journals and Digital Publishing is proud to announce the publication of a special issue of The Public Historian, the official journal of the National Council on Public History. "Sites of Conscience: Opening Historic Sites for Civic Dialogue," (Volume 30, Number 1) is concerned with the ways in which society's response to museums, memorials, and historical sites can grow from passive observation to active engagement.
Says editor Randolph Bergstrom in his introduction, "Public historians are coming to recognize that their sites can be more than important places of encountering the past. Astute practitioners are learning to use the distinct opportunity these sites afford to promote civic engagement." This issue, available today, features the following essays from members of the International Coalition of Historic Site Museums of Conscience:
The Reconstruction of Memory at Constitution Hill
Churchill Madikida, Lauren Segal, and Clive van den Berg
Places of Memory as a Tool for Education: The "Peace in Four Voices Summer Camps" at Monte Sole
Nadia Baiesi, Marzia Gigli, Elena Monicelli, and Roberta Pellizzoli
The Museum as a Democracy-Building Institution: Reflections on the Shared Journeys
Program at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum
The District Six Museum: An Ordinary People's Place
Challenges on the Road to Memory
Maria Laura Guembe
The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.