What can onto-epistemology reveal about Holocaust education? The case of audio-headsets at Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

Susan Henderson, Lindsay Dombrowski

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Abstract

This article adopts onto-epistemological framework for investigating pedagogical practices, focusing on the specific context of Holocaust education excursions to Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum (ABSM) and focusing on pedagogy in and through audio-headsets. It is based on an extensive dataset collected through ethnographic-inspired observations at ABSM, and focusing particularly upon three school-based excursion groups (two Scottish, one Norwegian). Through processes of spatial ordering and intra-action, we argue that the relationships comprising ‘things’ (e.g. students, exhibitions in the Museum, knowledges about the Holocaust) can be explored as more-and-less visible.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalHolocaust Studies
Early online date23 Oct 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Oct 2017

Keywords

  • excursion
  • museum
  • ontology
  • epistemology
  • Auschwitz

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