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Monica Eileen Patterson

Monica Eileen Patterson is Assistant Director of Curatorial Studies in the Institute for the Comparative Study of Literature, Art, and Culture, and Associate Professor in the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology and History and a certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Michigan. She is coeditor and contributing author of two books: Curating Difficult Knowledge: Violent Pasts in Public Places; and Anthrohistory: Unsettling Knowledge, Questioning Discipline. Her current research works to develop a new, Critical Children’s Museology for producing exhibit content not just for or about children, but by and with children across the globe. As a scholar, curator, and activist, her work explores the intersections of memory, childhood, and racism in postcolonial Africa and beyond, and the ways in which they are represented and engaged in contemporary public spheres.

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