Social Memory Technology or the Right to Memory: The perspective of the Museum of the Person

Posted on Tuesday, November 9, 2021

 Karen Worcman in Conversation with Pierrot Ross-Tremblay poster


Building Connections: Mobilizing Indigenous Histories for Social Change

Join us for the next event in the series Building Connections: Mobilizing Indigenous Histories for Social Change. In this presentation ‘Social Memory Technology or the Right to Memory: The perspective of the Museum of the Person,’ founder and director of Museu da Pessoa Karen Worcman will discuss Social Memory Technology, the concept of the ‘right of memory’ and the production of history. 

Date: November 24, 2021

Time: 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Registration is required

Event description:

In this talk, Karen Worcman will present the Museu da Pessoa [Museum of the Person] in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and highlight some cases studies of its impact in order to demonstrate Social Memory Technology (Worcman and Garde-Hansen 2016) at work. This technology is a methodology developed by the Museum based on the concept that every life story matters and that every social group needs to produce its own history. The Museum affirms that the right of memory is more than just recognizing the memories of a specific group, but more importantly involves all social groups producing their own history, not only to create content, but also having the means to use it productively, technically and archivally. The Museu da Pessoa accordingly works with communities, grassroots organizations, public schools and other organizations on their history projects.


Karen Worcman, Museu da Pesseo, Sao Paolo, Brazil.  Karen Worcman is the founder and director of Museu da Pessoa. An historian and linguist, her research is focused on narratives, life stories and memory. She is also finishing her PhD in the Diversitas group within the Humanidades, Direitos e Outras Legitimidades (Humanities, Human Rights and Other Legitimacies) program of the University of São Paulo. Karen became an Ashoka fellow in 1999.

The series is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Institute of Indigenous Research and Studies and the Faculties of Education and of Arts at the University of Ottawa. It is organized in collaboration with the History in Canada: First Peoples’ Perspectives project initiated by the Cégep de l'Outaouais and the Kitigan Zibi First Nation Cultural Education Centre.

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