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Artefacts as Agents for Change: Commemoration and Exchange via Material Culture

Crooke, Elizabeth (2016) Artefacts as Agents for Change: Commemoration and Exchange via Material Culture. Irish Political Studies, 31 (1). pp. 86-100. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07907184.2015.1126926

DOI: 10.1080/07907184.2015.1126926

Abstract

As Northern Ireland seeks ways to deal with the memory of the conflict, artefacts associated with the period that can be ascribed with an aura of historical authenticity are placed on public display as yet another means to employ the past. These artefacts become another element of the media machine of commemorative projects, touchstones to the past, and agents in contemporary political activities. This paper considers the methods employed by In Their Footsteps, an artefact-based initiative organised by groups and families seeking justice for conflict related losses. It takes the format of a memorial exhibition with objects, text and imagery intended to garner support for the political ambitions of their justice campaign. By critically investigating the methods employed by this initiative, insights are given to the use, meaning, symbolism and contribution of artefact display to the social processes of commemoration.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:material culture, museums, exhibition, memory, symbols of commemoration
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Creative Arts and Technologies
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > Creative Arts and Technologies
ID Code:33382
Deposited By: Professor Elizabeth Crooke
Deposited On:26 Feb 2016 12:08
Last Modified:26 Feb 2016 12:08

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