The Military History Museum in Dresden

  • This article analyzes the Military History Museum (MHM) in Dresden against the backdrop of recent theoretical elaborations on agonistic memory, as opposed to the cosmopolitan and antagonistic modes of remembering. It argues that the MHM attempts to combine two functions of the museum: the museum as forum and the museum as temple. By examining the concept underpinning the reorganization of the permanent exhibition of the MHM, and by bringing examples from both the permanent and temporary xhibitions, the article shows that the discourse of the MHM presents some relevant compatibilities with the principles of agonistic memory, yet does not embrace agonism to the full. The article also suggests that the agonistic mode of remembering requires rejecting the notion of the museum as temple.

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Author:Cristian CercelGND
Parent Title (English):History & Memory
Subtitle (English):Between forum and temple
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2018/06/28
Date of first Publication:2018/06/19
Tag:Military History Museum, Dresden; UNREST, Project ID: 693523; agonism; agonistic memory; critical museology; war museums
First Page:3
Last Page:39
UNREST, Project ID: 693523
Relation (DC):info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/693523
Dewey Decimal Classification:Geschichte und Geografie / Geschichte
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Creative Commons Lizenz - es gelten die Rechteeinräumung und das deutsche Urheberrecht