A darkened room, a cane, a hat on a bed: such items, former belongings of famous individuals, are presented in home museums in Israel and Germany. Such scenes are made to appear authentic through the mediation of objects and stories, which render them relatable to visitors but also strange and uncanny. Home museums are sites for the study of the sociology of atmosphere, which is constructed through what we term temporal multitude–linking stories, objects and the situatedness of visitors with historical narratives and their interpretation. Furthermore, such home museums create what we term a ‘national memory atmosphere’ in which specific national narratives are experienced as personal, thus stabilising relations between individuals and national memory. At the same time, they preserve those memories as multidimensional and open to revisiting. Here, we study the home museums of Adenauer, Brecht-Weigel, Einstein, Goethe, and Kollwitz in Germany and those of Agnon, Ben-Gurion, and Weizmann in Israel.
|Original language||American English|
|Number of pages||27|
|Journal||European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology|
|State||Published - 3 Jul 2017|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research was supported by a Grant from the GIF, the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development.
© 2017, © 2017 European Sociological Association.
- Sociology of atmosphere
- collective memory
- museum experience
- museum visitors
- temporal multitude