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.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Genocide memorials

An interesting article from the BBC News Magazine about genocide memorials, and why people visit them. As a minority whose ancestors suffered persecution, I personally feel an obligation to bear witness (thought I don't think I could bring myself to visit Auschwitz, Treblinka, or other concentration camps). But equally, I wonder how much sites of mass murder relate in the public consciousness to other forms of dark tourism, such as visiting cemeteries, catacombs, and battle sites. Any thoughts?

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