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Trauma, Memory, and Representation: The Role of Collaboration in the Development of the Museum Exhibit “Remembering the Killing Fields”

Trauma, Memory, and Representation: The Role of Collaboration in the Development of the Museum... Trauma, Memory, and Representation Th e Role of Collaboration in the Development of the Museum Exhibit “Remembering the Killing Fields” ALEXXANDRA SALAZAR, Independent Scholar In 2011 the Cambodian American Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial opened an exhibit on the Khmer Rouge period (1975– 79), en- titled Remembering the Killing Fields. Th e exhibit documents life under the Khmer Rouge through individual and collective survivor narratives, documentary photographs, informational text, and artifacts. Th e foun- dation of the exhibit was formed from a collection of life history inter- views with Cambodian survivors between the ages of forty- fi ve to seven- ty years old. Th e exhibit was produced through a university- community collaboration involving Northern Illinois University anthropologist Dr. Judy Ledgerwood, her students, board and staff members from the Cam- bodian Association of Illinois (cai ) and the museum, other Cambo- dian community leaders and members, and non- Cambodian museum professionals. Th is article describes the development of the Remembering the Kill- ing Fields exhibit (hereaft er referred to as the Killing Fields exhibit) and the collaborative process involved in producing a successful and mean- ingful exhibit for the Cambodian community and the general public. In the same http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Collaborative Anthropologies University of Nebraska Press

Trauma, Memory, and Representation: The Role of Collaboration in the Development of the Museum Exhibit “Remembering the Killing Fields”

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Trauma, Memory, and Representation Th e Role of Collaboration in the Development of the Museum Exhibit “Remembering the Killing Fields” ALEXXANDRA SALAZAR, Independent Scholar In 2011 the Cambodian American Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial opened an exhibit on the Khmer Rouge period (1975– 79), en- titled Remembering the Killing Fields. Th e exhibit documents life under the Khmer Rouge through individual and collective survivor narratives, documentary photographs, informational text, and artifacts. Th e foun- dation of the exhibit was formed from a collection of life history inter- views with Cambodian survivors between the ages of forty- fi ve to seven- ty years old. Th e exhibit was produced through a university- community collaboration involving Northern Illinois University anthropologist Dr. Judy Ledgerwood, her students, board and staff members from the Cam- bodian Association of Illinois (cai ) and the museum, other Cambo- dian community leaders and members, and non- Cambodian museum professionals. Th is article describes the development of the Remembering the Kill- ing Fields exhibit (hereaft er referred to as the Killing Fields exhibit) and the collaborative process involved in producing a successful and mean- ingful exhibit for the Cambodian community and the general public. In the same

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Collaborative AnthropologiesUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Mar 4, 2017

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