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Difficult Heritage and Immersive Experiences

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ISBN 9781032060866
December 21, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
208 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Difficult Heritage and Immersive Experiences Presenting interdisciplinary case studies of heritage sites and museums from across a range of different contexts, the volume analyses the ways in which various types of immersive technologies can help visitors to contextualize and negotiate difficult or sensitive heritage and traumatic pasts. Demonstrating that some of the most creative applications of immersive experiences appear in and at museums and heritage sites, the book showcases how immersive technologies offer the possibility to confront and dispute presumptions and prejudices, trigger responses, deliver new knowledge, initiate dialogue and challenge pre-existing notions of collective identity. The book provides a conceptual, as well as a hands-on, approach to understanding the use of immersive technologies at sensitive sites around the globe.

Difficult Heritage and Immersive Experiences is essential reading for researchers and students who are interested in, or engaged in the study of, cultural heritage, memory, history, politics, dark tourism, design and digital media, or immersive technologies. The book will also be of interest to museum and heritage practitioners.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Difficult Heritage and Immersive Experiences

Agiatis Benardou, Anna Maria Droumpouki

1. Immersion, Impersonation and Engagement in Dangerous Pasts. Limits, Effects and Ethics of Immersive Heritage Experiences

Sharon Macdonald

2. Reflective Experiences with Immersive Heritage

Erik Champion

3. Remaking Confucian Rites: Reenactment, Immersive Visualization and the Revitalization of the Marginalized Cosmological Body

Sarah Kenderdine, Lily Hibberd, Jeffrey Shaw and Tsong-Zung Chang

4. The Role of Digital Technologies in Unearthing the Rosewood Massacre

Edward González-Tennant

5. VR as Critical Historiography – The case of Wadi Salib in Haifa

Eytan Mann and Aaron Sprecher

6 Virtual History: VR, Immersion, and Learning Holocaust History

Sara Pitcairn, Silvina Fernandez-Duque, Michael Haley Goldman

7. Practices of digital immersion for the study of built heritage as a promoter of equity in urban sites challenged by difficult pasts

Georgios Artopoulos

8. First-person interactive experience of a Concentration Camp: The case of Block 15

Agiatis Benardou, Anna Maria Droumpouki, Georgios Papaioannou

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Agiatis Benardou is Senior Research Associate at ATHENA Research Center in Athens, Greece, and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Informatics, Athens University of Economics and Business.

Anna Maria Droumpouki is Research Associate at Ludwig-Maximilians-University München, Institute of Eastern and Southeastern European History.