Cynthia Milton: Dealing with the Afterlife of the TRC
2019 Fellow Cynthia Milton has co-published an article in the International Journal of Transitional Justice entitled Archives, Museums and Sacred Storage: Dealing with the Afterlife of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
Focusing on the more than 1,200 objects that Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) collected during its hearings, the article shows that the post-TRC life of the objects opens up new museological spaces and practices through the ways the objects are curated (or not) for remembering and learning about residential schools according to Indigenous protocols and ways of thinking and feeling.
Dr. Cynthia Milton’s interdisciplinary research projects study inclusive modes of truth-telling, truth commissions and cultural interventions in the construction of historical narratives following state violence. In her academic networking, she is concerned with the science-society disconnect in our dramatically changing world and the need for the humanities and social sciences in the diffusion of knowledge.