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Modernist glass showcase in contrast with the neoclassical interior of the RMCA

Exhibiting 20th Century History

Too Beautiful to Hurt Anyone

The New Permanent Exhibition at the AfricaMuseum Tervuren

Zofia Wóycicka ·


 The Royal Museum for Central Afrika in Tervuren, Belgium, has long been seen as a racist institution. Recently it has come out with a new permanent exhibition that aims at a more (self-) critical approach to the colonial past. The article reviews the new exhibition and the criticism against it. In an epilogue it shows the various ways in which the new AfricaMuseum and its exhibit carry valuable lessons also for museums in Central and Eastern Europe

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Monument to commemorate the end of the Second World War in Kharkiv

Debating 20th Century History

Ambivalent Memories

Commemorating 8 and 9 May in Kharkiv, Ukraine

Laura Eckl and Jan C. Bever ·


75 years after Nazi Germany's defeat in 1945, different narratives of the war still mark public commemorations across the former Soviet Union, epitomized by two dates: 8 and 9 May. In Ukraine today, both are official commemorations days yet they are surrounded by contentious debates about history and identity. The article zooms in on this year's commemorations in Kharkiv discussing these debates and what they tell us about Ukraine’s evolving memory culture.

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The Recent Handke Debate

Debating 20th Century History

The Nobel Prize Award Sparks a Memory War

The Recent Handke Debate

Katarina Ristić ·


The Nobel Prize for Literature in 2019 to Peter Handke sparked a harsh debate, both in Serbia and internationally due to the Austrian writer's controversial stances in defence of Slobodan Milošević and the crimes committed by Serbian forces during the 1990s. The article provides a critical review of the debate and the continued divisions in retrospective interpretations of the Yugoslav wars.

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