1st Edition

Museums for Peace In Search of History, Memory, and Change

Edited By Joyce Apsel, Clive Barrett, Roy Tamashiro Copyright 2024
    288 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Museums for Peace: In Search of History, Memory and Change highlights the inspiring as well as conflicting representations and purposes of diverse museums for peace around the world.

    Coming from various cultural and professional backgrounds, the authors explore “what are museums for peace and what do they mean?” Some chapters introduce alternative histories of peace, conflict, and memorialization. This innovative collection examines grassroots museums, military sexual slavery, historical memory in East Asia, and cultural heritage in the Africanized peace museum movement. The chapters discuss differing representations of Gandhi, technology of war and opposition to it, and structural violence such as racial terror and imperialism. Investigating how institutions interact with political and cultural forces, the volume demonstrates that some museums reinforce hegemonic narratives, while others resist authoritative tropes to reveal silenced histories, including peace histories.

    Museums for Peace will appeal to academics and students in museum studies, heritage studies, peace studies, memory studies, social justice, and human rights. Those working in cultural studies and trauma studies will also find this volume valuable.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)] 4.0 license.

    Section 1. Setting the Scene

    1. Situating Museums for Peace: In Search of History, Memory, and Change

    by Joyce Apsel

    2. Understanding “Museums for Peace”

    by Clive Barrett

    Section 2. The Praxis of Museums for Peace

    3. Museums for Peace and Reconciliation in East Asia

    by Kazuyo Yamane and Clive Barrett

    4. The Africanized Peace Museum Movement and the Significance of Cultural Heritage

    by Kimberly Baker and Munuve Mutisya

    5. Gandhi and Peace in the Museums of the World

    by Elisabetta Colagrossi

    6. How Museums for Peace Depict the Technology of War and Opposition to It

    by Clive Barrett 

    Section 3.  The Identification and Portrayal of Violence in Museums for Peace

    7. Narrating the Military Sexual Enslavement System: Museums Caught in the Crossfire

    by Jane Joo Hyeon Lee and Roy Tamashiro 

    8. Japanese War Memory: Ongoing Challenges of Remembering and Forgetting

    by Satoko Oka Norimatsu

    9. Witnessing, Requiem, Reconciliation: Toward a Model for Curating Extreme Violence at Museums for Peace

    by Roy Tamashiro

    Section 4. The Future of Museums for Peace

    10. Concluding Voices

    by Roy Tamashiro, Clive Barrett and  Joyce Apsel


    Joyce Apsel is Clinical Professor in Liberal Studies at New York University (USA) and President, the Institute for Study of Genocide. She is author of Introducing Peace Museums (2016), and co-editor of Museums and Sites of Persuasion (2020); Genocide Matters (2014) and Museums for Peace: Transforming Cultures (2012).

    Clive Barrett is Chair of Trustees of The Peace Museum, Bradford (UK) with 30 years of engagement with peace museums. His publications include Subversive Peacemakers (2014), and contributions to A Cultural History of Peace in the Age of Empire (2020) and the Blackwell Companion to Religion and Peace (2022).

    Roy Tamashiro is Professor Emeritus in Multidisciplinary Studies at Webster University (USA). His recent publications include contributed chapters to Building Positive Peace (2023); Oral History and Qualitative Methodologies (2022); Peace Journeys (2019); Museums and Sites of Persuasion (2019); and Pilgrimage as Transformative Process (2018).

    ... Museums For Peace: In Search of History, Memory, and Change is a foundational new text: immediately essential for any serious review of contemporary peacebuilding. Its analysis challenges readers to rethink our strategic approaches to using history and memory to foster effective social change... Museums for Peace is required reading for more than museum studies or peace studies professionals. It rings a bell of hope for all those seeking nonviolent futures ahead.

    Secretary-General, International Peace Research Association;
    Senior Research Scholar, University of Massachusetts/Amherst (USA)


    This publication is crucial in our time. It brings together different voices touching on our deepest quest and struggles for PEACE, over decades, across geopolitical boundaries, capturing global complexities of history,  memory, and social transformation. This respice–prospice reminds us of who we are!  Are we ready to join hands and hearts to embrace a living Museums for Peace Movement that realizes universal values, humanness, and ubuntu?

    UNESCO Chair, Sport, Development, Peace and Olympic Education;
    Professor, University of the Western Cape (South Africa)


    Museums for Peace: In Search of History, Memory, and Change is a critical, profound, and important study of the links between the mission of peacebuilding and the challenges facing us today in the worlds of museums, heritage-making, history-telling,  and memory-keeping.

    Director, Guernika Peace Museum (Spain);
    Coordinator, International Network of Museums for Peace 

    This volume marks an important contribution to the growing scholarship on museums for peace. With authors and examples from across the globe, it promises to deepen our understanding of the potential of museums to advocate for and promote peace, while also acknowledging their limitations. 

    Author, Exhibiting Atrocity: Memorial Museums and
    the Politics of Past Violence

    Museums for Peace: In Search of History, Memory, and Change is an important addition to the literature on a subject that is still relatively little explored. The editors and contributing authors present and analyse a wide variety of museums in Africa, Asia, and the USA in what are highly interesting and original essays opening up new perspectives. Together with introductory chapters and concluding reflections, the volume is destined to become a key reference work in the field.

    Founding General Coordinator, International
    Network of Museums for Peace