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    The 'moving' image: empathy and projection in the international slavery museum, Liverpool

    Arnold-de-Simine, Silke (2012) The 'moving' image: empathy and projection in the international slavery museum, Liverpool. Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society 4 (2), pp. 23-24. ISSN 2041-6938.

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    Abstract

    The moving image has become ubiquitous in museums that deal with traumatic, violent, and difficult histories and could be described as "memorial museums." This article investigates exhibition practices in the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool, in which large-scale video installations provide evocative recreations of traumatic experiences that are designed to unsettle and disturb visitors, providing them with a visceral and vicarious experience that calls for witnessing and "empathic unsettlement." It also queries the assumption that the capacity for empathy forms the basis for responsible moral agency, and whether museums aiming to encourage social responsibility should rely on such technologies.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): empathy, international slavery museum (Liverpool), memory museum, moving image, projection
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > Cultures and Languages
    Research Centre: Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture (BIRMAC), Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR), Aesthetics of Kinship and Community, Birkbeck Research in (BRAKC)
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2014 16:01
    Last Modified: 14 Dec 2016 09:23
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/9869

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