Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Global Studies
Considering the burgeoning culture of memory in Peru, this research is interested in the
way memorial museums have emerged as a form of memory site, and how these museums both
reflect and influence the negotiation and contestation of memory and truth-telling in post-conflict Peru. Studying three specific memorial museums, the Yuyanapaq: Para Recordar exhibit, ANFASEP’s Museum of Memory, and The Place of Memory, Tolerance and Social Inclusion (LUM), this thesis argues that Peru’s civil society actively sought out spaces for reflection and remembrance immediately following the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and that the creation of these memorial museums reflects the dialectic nature of memory in a post-conflict society. Additionally, this thesis will demonstrate how the LUM, Peru’s newest memorial museum, embraces the processes of negotiation and renegotiation of memory in a post-conflict society, and utilizes its design and exhibits to promote further dialogue between civil society, the state, and other memory initiatives.