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WithJoyce Apsel, Amy Sodaro

A number of museums and sites have become places where community members or groups, such as survivors, families, and political activists, come together to commemorate events and remember the human toll of violence, as well as gather in protest and to lobby for or against current state policies and practices. Social actors are often caught in webs of meaning they themselves participate in creating though not in ways they necessarily could have predicted. Human rights norms and structures have been created in reaction to human wrongs, and their claims extend to preventing future harms and suffering. Museums and sites of memory are also created to record and remember after the crime and trauma occurred. The potential of social actors outside of officials, elites, and others who hold power is especially important today.