Monica Patterson

Monica Patterson

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Monica Eileen Patterson is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa. From 2012-2014 she was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at CEREV. She received her doctorate in Anthropology and History, and a certificate in Museum Studies, from the University of Michigan. She is currently pursuing two projects based on her field and archival research in southern Africa: expand

a monograph examining contested constructions of childhood in late apartheid South Africa, from 1976 to the early 1990s when negotiations for the transition to democracy began; and an experimental exhibit that allows former and current South African children to reflect on their experiences of childhood and explore the meanings of the apartheid past and its present-day legacies. Patterson is coeditor of Anthrohistory: Unsettling Knowledge and Questioning Discipline andCurating Difficult Knowledge: Violent Pasts in Public PlacesShe has also published in volumes including Encyclopedia of South Africa (2011),The Art of Truth-Telling about Authoritarian Rule (2005), and Responsibility in Crisis: Knowledge Politics and Global Publics (2004). Monica is particularly interested in the intersections of memory, childhood, and violence in postcolonial Africa, and the ways in which they are represented and engaged in contemporary public spheres. Visit Monica Patterson’s page at Academia.edu.