To unite or divide?
The Contested Histories Initiative studies 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.
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New Occasional Paper
Check out the most recent Occasional Paper by Olivia Durand, on the Monument to the Founders in Odesa, Ukraine.Explore
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.
Admiral Horatio Nelson Statue in Bridgetown
Originally erected in 1813, the statue of British Colonial Admiral Horatio Nelson, enjoyed 206 years of undisturbed tenure in the… Read More
Grūtas Sculpture Park in Druskininkai
The Grūtas Park was created to collect and display Soviet-era monuments that had been removed from public spaces following Lithuanian… Read More
Statue of Joséphine de Beauharnais in Fort-de-France
The statue of Napoleon’s first wife, first Empress of the French, lingered beheaded in Martinique, one of the remaining overseas… Read More
Ncome and Blood River Monuments on Ncombe River in Nquthu-Dundee
On the 16th of December 1838 the infamous Battle of Blood River on the banks of the Ncome River between… Read More
Columbus Monument in Buenos Aires
The Monument to Christopher Columbus has caused great controversy as part of the heritage and historical memory of Argentina. Opinions… Read More
The Eye that Cries Memorial in Lima
The Eye that Cries commemorates all victims of Peru’s two-decade-long internal conflict, regardless of political affiliation. In 2006, the Inter-American… Read More
What does It take to Remember the Alamo?
An interview with Kate Rogers, the Executive Director of Alamo Trust, Inc (ATI), the private 501(c)3 non-profit organisation in Texas… Read More
Bremen’s Elefant: Memorialisation, politics, and memory surrounding German colonialism
In 1932, German citizens gathered for the dedication of the Kolonialelefant in Bremen. The Bremen Colonial Society created this… Read More
Subverting the Historical Narrative: The Future of the Counter-Monument
‘Honor history.’ Those were the words graffitied beside a toppled Madre Luz – or “Mother Light” – in Wyman Park… 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.