Memory and ethnicity : ethnic museums in Israel and the diaspora
Title: Memory and ethnicity : ethnic museums in Israel and the diaspora
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Citation: Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013
In recent times, ethnicity and issues of origin have become a hotly debated topic among Jews both in Israel and in the Diaspora. This is particularly true both of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa, who for years had remained at the margins of the Israeli national narrative, as well as the Israeli Palestinian minority. Much the same may be said of Diaspora Jews. Among the public spaces where ethnicity has become more visible are museums, together with heritage centres, art galleries, and the Internet. The aim of Memory and Ethnicity is to investigate how ethnicity is represented and narrated in such spaces. How have groups of Jews from such different backgrounds as Morocco, Egypt, India or the US elaborated their past legacies and traditions vis-à-vis a variety of national narratives and cultural or political ideologies? This volume describes the emergence of a new museological scene – that mirrors a multi-vocal Jewish and Israeli public sphere in which ethnicity has become central to a nation’s cultural imagination. By considering museums as “places of memory” where an ethnic/communal identity is displayed, Memory and Ethnicity analyses which memories are preserved, and which suppressed. This study sets out to enrich the understanding of Israeli and Jewish cultural history, and also to deepen the field of museum studies from little investigated perspectives.
Table of Contents:
-- Introduction, Emanuela Trevisan Semi, Dario Miccoli and Tudor Parfitt -- Glossary -- Chapter One Homeland and Diaspora in Israeli Vernacular Museums, Tamar Katriel -- Chapter Two Invented Exhibits: Visual Politics of the Past at the Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, Shelly Shenhav-Keller -- Chapter Three Museums of Moroccan Jews in Israel: What Kind of Memory?, Emanuela Trevisan Semi -- Chapter Four Displaying Relational Memory: Notes on Museums and Heritage Centres of the Libyan Jewish Community, Piera Rossetto -- Chapter Five The Cochin Jewish Heritage Centre in Moshav Nevatim: Preserving a Tradition, Benedetta Cordaro -- Chapter Six The Third Space? From Modern Art Gallery to Modern Museum in Umm El-Fahem, Miri Gal-Ezer -- Chapter Seven “We Have Our Own History”: Voices from the Jewish Museum of Casablanca, Sophie Wagenhofer -- Chapter Eight Digital Museums: Narrating and Preserving the History of Egyptian Jews on the Internet, Dario Miccoli -- Chapter Nine The Jewish Museum of Florida (FIU), Nathan Katz and Tudor Parfitt -- Bibliography -- Contributors -- Index