Lisa Maya Knauer


Lisa Maya Knauer was a founding member of REPOhistory, an artists’ collective devoted reclaiming and resituating histories that had been lost, silenced or ignored, through site-specific public art installations. She helped organize REPOhistory’s 1994 installation, Queer Spaces, organized in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. Somewhere along the way she became a tenured radical, teaching anthropology, women’s/gender and black studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and she sometimes writes about public history and public culture. She is co-editor of two books on public history, Memory and the Impact of Political Transformation in Public Space (2004) and Contested Histories in Public Space: Memory, Race and Nation (2009), both from Duke University Press.  Long before any of this, she was a founder, staff and later board member of the Brecht Forum.

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