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International Day for Monuments and Sites

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Celebrated yearly on April 18th, the International Day for Monuments and Sites  encourages local communities and individuals throughout the world to consider the importance of cultural heritage to their lives and to promote awareness of its diversity and vulnerability and the efforts required to protect and conserve it. Sharing stories through heritage sites is a way to transfer knowledge between generations which is a crucial step in cultural development, characterizing the human experience since time immemorial.

For more information on ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) and IDMS 2018 please visit


In joining the celebration Berghahn is pleased to offer 25% discount, valid for next 30 days, on relevant History & Museum Studies titles. At checkout, simply enter the code IDMS18.

Memorializing the GDR: Monuments and Memory after 1989MEMORIALIZING THE GDR
Monuments and Memory after 1989
Anna Saunders


Since unification, eastern Germany has witnessed a rapidly changing memorial landscape. Memorializing the GDR provides the first in-depth study of this key topic, investigating the individuals and groups involved in the creation or destruction of memorials while addressing the subject’s complex aesthetic, political, and historical dimensions.


World Heritage Craze in China: Universal Discourse, National Culture, and Local MemoryWORLD HERITAGE CRAZE IN CHINA
Universal Discourse, National Culture, and Local Memory
Haiming Yan


There is a World Heritage Craze in China. China claims to have the longest continuous civilization in the world and is seeking recognition from UNESCO. This book explores three dimensions of the UNESCO World Heritage initiative with particular relevance for China: the universal agenda, the national practices, and the local responses. With a sociological lens, this book offers comprehensive insights into World Heritage, as well as China’s deep social, cultural, and political structures.

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Having and Belonging: Homes and Museums in IsraelHAVING AND BELONGING
Homes and Museums in Israel
Judy Jaffe-Schagen

Volume 5, Material Mediations: People and Things in a World of Movement


Through fascinating explorations of the museums and domestic spaces of eight representative Israeli communities—Chabad, Moroccan, Iraqi, Ethiopian, Russian, Religious-Zionist, Christian Arab, and Muslim Arab—it gives a powerful account of museums’ role in state formation, proposing a new approach to collecting and categorizing particularly well-suited to societies in conflict.

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Cultural Topographies of the New BerlinCULTURAL TOPOGRAPHIES OF THE NEW BERLIN
Edited by Karin Bauer and Jennifer Ruth Hosek


While positioning itself as a creative center populated by young and cosmopolitan global citizens, the “New Berlin” is at the same time a rich site of historical memory, defined inescapably by its past even as it articulates German and European hopes for the future. Cultural Topographies of the New Berlin presents a fascinating cross-section of life in Germany’s largest city, revealing the complex ways in which globalization, ethnicity, economics, memory, and national identity inflect how its urban spaces are inhabited and depicted.

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From Antiquities to Heritage: Transformations of Cultural MemoryFROM ANTIQUITIES TO HERITAGE
Transformations of Cultural Memory
Anne Eriksen

Volume 1, Time and the World: Interdisciplinary Studies in Cultural Transformations


What does it mean when runic stones or medieval churches are transformed from antiquities to monuments to heritage sites? This book argues that the transformations concern more than words alone: They reflect fundamental changes in the way we experience the past, and the way historical objects are assigned meaning and value in the present.

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European Products: Making and Unmaking Heritage in CyprusEUROPEAN PRODUCTS
Making and Unmaking Heritage in Cyprus
Gisela Welz


Since the Republic of Cyprus joined the European Union in 2004, heritage-making and Europeanization are becoming intertwined in Greek-Cypriot society. The author argues that heritage emerges as an increasingly standardized economic resource — a “European product” — and that heritage policy has become infused with transnational market regulations and neoliberal property regimes.

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Museums and Collections Series

As houses of memory and sources of information about the world, museums function as a dynamic interface between past, present and future. This series explores the potential of museum collections to transform our knowledge of the world, and for exhibitions to influence the way in which we view and inhabit that world. It offers essential reading for those involved in all aspects of the museum sphere: curators, researchers, collectors, students and the visiting public.











Volume 10

Video Testimony in Memorial Museums
Steffi de Jong

With a focus on Holocaust museums, this study scrutinizes for the first time the new global phenomenon of the “musealization” of the witness to history, exploring the processes, prerequisites, and consequences of the transformation of video testimonies into exhibits.

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Volume 9

Identity and Political Education at the Jewish Museum Berlin
Victoria Bishop Kendzia

Visitors to the House of Memory is an intimate exploration of how young Berliners experience the Museum.

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Volume 8

Issues of Participation, Sustainability, Trust and Diversity
Ana Luisa Sánchez Laws

This volume offers a holistic picture of museum online activities that can serve as a starting point for cross-disciplinary discussion. It is a resource for museum staff, students, designers, and researchers working at the intersection of cultural institutions and digital technologies.

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Volume 7 Available in Paperback

The Second World War in Eastern European Museums
Zuzanna Bogumił, Joanna Wawrzyniak, Tim Buchen, Christian Ganzer and Maria Senina

This book presents a useful methodology for examining museum images and provides a critical analysis of the role historical museums play in the contemporary world.

Read Introduction: The Enemy on Display

Volume 6 Available in Paperback

Transnational Networks, Collections, Narratives, and Representations
Wolfram Kaiser, Stefan Krankenhagen and Kerstin Poehls
Translated from the German

This book investigates how museums exhibit Europe.

Read Introduction: Exhibiting Europe? Europeanisation as Cultural Practice

Volume 5

Experiencing History, War and Nation at a Danish Heritage Site
Mads Daugbjerg

This book explores how such struggles unfold in practice at a highly symbolic battlefield site in the Danish/German borderland.


For a full selection of titles in the series please visit series webpage.


Berghahn Journals



In recognition of the ICOMOS International Day For Monuments and Sites, established by the 22nd UNESCO General Conference as April 18, Berghahn Journals would like to offer free access to the following articles until April 25!


Agonistic Interpretation: A New Paradigm in Response to Current Developments

Nicole Deufel

Anthropological Journal of European Cultures (Vol. 26, Issue 2)

Land, Nation and Tourist: Moral Reckoning in Post-GFC Iceland

Mary Hawkins and Helena Onnudottir

Anthropological Journal of European Cultures (Vol. 26, Issue 2)

From Global to Local Heritage: Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Role of the Museum

Janet Blake

Anthropology of the Middle East (Vol. 10, Issue 1)

Obligations to Objects: Tangled Histories and Changing Contexts of the Burnett River Rock Engravings

Brit Asmussen, Lester Michael Hill, Sean Ulm and Chantal Knowles

Museum Worlds (Vol. 4)

Heritage: Renovation, Relocation, Remediation, and Repositioning Museums

Mary Bouquet

Museum Worlds (Vol. 1)

Two Venerated Mothers Separated by a Wall: Iconic Spaces, Territoriality, and Borders in Israel-Palestine

Nurit Stadler and Nimrod Luz

Religion and Society (Vol. 6)

 Showcasing Dictatorship: Memory and the Museum in Argentina and Chile

 Jens Andermann

Journal of Educational Media, Memory and Society (Vol. 4, Issue 2)

The Transnational Turn Meets the Educational Turn: Engaging and Educating Adolescents in History Museums in Europe

 Wolfram Kaiser

Journal of Educational Media, Memory and Society (Vol. 4, Issue 2)