This is the journal editor’s note to the Fall 2011 issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge, entitled “Contesting Memory: Museumizations of Migration in Comparative Global Context,” including papers that were presented at an international conference on “Museums and Migration” held on June 25-26, 2010, at the Maison des Science de l’Homme (MSH) in Paris, co-organized by the issue co-editors Ramón Grosfoguel, Yvon Le Bot and Alexandra Poli, with the support of MSH Director and President of the International Sociological Association, Michel Wieviorka. Appreciating the important comparative studies in the volume regarding the contested representations of global migration history by migrants and officials organizing migration museums, the editor suggests that it may be helpful to maintain a dialectical epistemic framework and vantage point here—using which the seemingly separate categories “museum” and “university” are rendered more or less identical and one in which the identity of the studied object and the studying subject of the studies undertaken is consciously recognized and maintained. In this light, then migration can be experienced and studied in its broader and multifaceted meanings, de-museumized to encompass all migratory experiences without and within.



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