Contested Histories, Challenging Memories: Immersive Encounters with the Past, a collaboration with the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism


This 3-year initiative has the following aims :

  • to bring together academics and critics, artists, filmmakers and museum professionals to debate the innovative use of aural and visual installations — the reuse, recycling, appropriation and borrowing of archival sounds and images — dealing with contested and difficult histories


  • to develop new interdisciplinary ways of critical thinking about the use of immersive sounds and images in curatorial practice that imagine contested histories in the present


  • to think about what aspects of the human experience sounds and images specifically evoke in contemporary viewers


  • to share empirical insights into how image-, media- and soundscapes in museums and public spaces shape visitors’ emotional engagements, remembering and understanding of difficult, often traumatic and violent pasts.

2018-2019 :

Performativity of Images in the Public Space : June 2019


2017-2018 : 

Curating Sound for Difficult Histories : Tuesday 15 May 2018, 14: 00-21: 00


Curated by Silke Arnold-de Simine, Janet McCabe and Diana Popescu