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Case Study: Rome's House of Memory and History: The Politics of Memory and Public Institutions

Alessandro Portelli

in The Oxford Handbook of Oral History

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195339550
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195339550.013.0008

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Case Study: Rome's House of Memory and History: The Politics of Memory and Public Institutions

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This article centers around the case study of Rome's House of Memory and History to understand the politics of memory and public institutions. This case study is about the organization and politics of public memory: the House of Memory and History, established by the city of Rome in 2006, in the framework of an ambitious program of cultural policy. It summarizes the history of the House's conception and founding, describes its activities and the role of oral history in them, and discusses some of the problems it faces. The idea of a House of Memory and History grew in this cultural and political context. This article traces several political events that led to the culmination of the politics of memory and its effect on public institutions. It says that the House of Memory and History can be considered a success. A discussion on a cultural future winds up this article.

Keywords: memory; history; politics of memory; public memory; House of Memory and History; cultural future

Article.  5613 words. 

Subjects: History ; Contemporary History (Post 1945)

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