Unstable Pedestals – Controversial monuments in public spaces

Wankele Sokkels - Omstreden Monumenten in de Openbare Ruimte

By Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen

Public monuments can evoke strong emotions. In recent years, under the influence of movements such as Black Lives Matter, social awareness and the growth of historical knowledge, our views have changed radically. On occasions past heroes of have been pulled from their pedestals, but removing statues does not erase history. An Academy committee is going to advise on how we should deal with controversial heritage and how we can best conduct the related debate.

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