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We all can vividly remember the dramatic scenes of planes crashing into the Twin Towers, of war-torn regions in Iraq, or elated mass celebrations of tearing down the Berlin wall. The screenshots of these highly mediatized events have become part of global public memory. Yet, how often nowadays do we hear any detailed accounts of these events or inquiry into their aftermaths, besides such clichéd references as ‘9/11’, ‘war against terrorism’ or ‘transition to democracy’? Which aspects of these and other recent histories of war and conflict have been highlighted or neglected by the media, and why?
This course will inquire into the dynamics of remembering and forgetting of major political, ethnic and religious conflicts with global ramifications, with the focus on the social tensions and transformations produced by contesting and contested memories. By exploring a variety of cases we will analyze and compare representations of conflict and post-conflict remembering around the world and the role of the media in shaping them.
The course will consist of four lecture blocks, each focusing on a particular ‘problem’ of remembering and forgetting and discussing case studies from several regions. Within this comparative framework, memory practices will be analyzed as interconnected and tied up with global issues of geopolitics, cultural location and knowledge production (i.a. imperialism and colonialism, migration and diaspora, transitions and historiography, indigenous knowledge and communities). Each block, drawing on an established field in Memory Studies, will use a set of interrelated concepts and approaches. The course will encourage students to test the relevance of the learnt approaches by discussing examples from a variety of regions and applying these in their own research projects.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will have:
developed transnational comparative perspectives on discourses and representations of post-conflict memory;
learnt about the ways in which media representations shape cultural memory and hence our ideas about social transformation and identities;
acquired a good understanding of major concepts and approaches in interdisciplinary Memory Studies and an awareness of how they have been developed and applied within particular cultural-historical contexts;
enhanced their skills of critical reading, oral presentation and analytical writing;
devised and completed a research project that applies concepts and approaches discussed in lectures within case studies (individual work) interconnected through a comparative perspective (group work).
The timetable will be available by June 1st on the
Mode of instruction
Lectures and several presentation/discussion sessions.
Total load of the course: 10 ECTS = 280 hours
Lectures: 28 hrs
Assessment (written examination): 4 hrs
Studying literature: 128 hrs
Short assignments: 10 hrs
Project group work: 40 hrs
Project individual work: 70 hrs
Short assignments (20%)
Written examination with essay questions (50%)
The final mark for the course is established by
(i) Determination of the weighted average
(ii) Completion of all assignments (non-submission of an assignment will result in failing the course).
Resit: only the written examination can be retaken.
There will be a Blackboard module for the course, which contains relevant course information such as the weekly reading and assignments. Since Blackboard makes use of umail for communication, students are advised to forward their umail to their regular email address:
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