“Curatorial Practice and Learning from Difficult Knowledge”

The Idea of a Human Rights Museum Book Cover

The Idea of a Human Rights Museum Book Cover (2015)

Dr. Angela Failler has published a co-written chapter with the late Roger I. Simon in the new volume The Idea of a Human Rights Museum edited by Karen Busby, Adam Mueller and Andrew Woolford (University of Manitoba Press 2015). The chapter, “Curatorial Practice and Learning from Difficult Knowledge,” opens with a dedication in memory of Simon:

I, Angela Failler, have developed this chapter from a proposed abstract, recent conference papers and other writings by Roger I. Simon, who was Professor Emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto. Roger died on September 17, 2012 before he could carry out a draft of the chapter himself. He entrusted these materials to me with the hope that his ideas would yet contribute to meaningful conversation on the prospect of a human rights museum. Undoubtedly, they already do. Roger was an eminent scholar whose provocative inquiries into ethics, pedagogy, remembrance and social justice have influenced educators, curators, artists and cultural critics alike, those committed to thinking through the difficulties of bearing witness to violent pasts in the present. To be sure, his legacy has touched other contributors to and readers of this book.”