Statues, monuments, street names, and other markers project a collective historical memory on public spaces. Inclusive societies need commemorative landscapes that reflect the collective nature and values of the communities they serve.
The Contested Histories Initiative seeks practical remedies to contestations over historical markers in public spaces as part of broader efforts to create more inclusive and equitable societies, particularly for and with communities that have been marginalised or disenfranchised due to race, ethnicity, gender, or other affiliations.
João Maria Ferreira do Amaral Statue in Macau (SAR)
João Maria Ferreira do Amaral was the Portuguese Governor of Macau between 1846-1849, his commitment to formalizing Macau and Portugal’s… Read More
Teaching contested histories in Brazil: strategies and struggles to diversify the historical landscape of São Paulo
Public Hearing with Ana Laura’s Collective Mandate and the Front in Defence of African Peoples and Communities at São Paulo’s… Read More
The Erosion of History: Climate Change and the Loss of Intangible Cultural Heritage
The threat of climate disaster and its physical impact on the global environment and human life are becoming increasingly… Read More
Contested Murals in Belgrade, Partizan, ”Grobarski Trash Romanticism” and the ”JNA group”
Attitudes towards national history in Serbia represent an important aspect of everyone’s identity. It is understandable that historical and political… Read More
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What is the purpose of this project?
To study disputes over statues, street names, and other historical legacies in public spaces with an aim to identify principles, processes and best practices for decision-makers, civil society advocates, and educators confronting the complexities of divisive historical memory.