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Cultural Memory of War and Conflict

From Apartheid in South-Africa to 9/11 in the United States: there is not a single culture that is not shaped by the memory of war or conflict. This minor focuses on how such memory cultures influence and shape societies today. How do these memories contribute to the construction of religious, national and transnational identities?

We will analyze the afterlife of catastrophes such as Tans-Atlantic slavery, the Armenian Genocide, or the World Wars. How are they remembered, archived, mediated? You will learn to understand how governments, institutions, minority groups, survivors or artists create, repeat, manipulate or critique memory culture. This means that students learn to analyze and interpret the effects of different (new) media and various forms of transfer and construction of memory: archives, websites, lieux de mémoire, monuments, tourism, testimonies, art and literature.

The courses “Postcolonial Memory” and Cultural Memory of World War aI ad II”, will give introductions to central concepts and theories of collective memory and apply to them to different case studies that illustrate how the past shaped social and cultural identities in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In the other courses, emphasis is on memory-construction in both individual and collective context, on trauma and on the cultural representation of these violent events in media. Cultural memory is produced through rituals, stories, monuments, newspapers, but also comic books or theme parks. What are the effects of such representations and practices?

You will learn to analyze the dynamics of remembering and forgetting of major political, ethnic and religious conflicts with global ramifications. In papers and assignments you are stimulated to apply the theory and method to a case from your own background or field of study. This will help you develop skills that will be of value in for example a profession in international relations, law, politics, heritage, cultural transfer, education or media and journalism.

This minor is very suitable for students who follow the BA International Studies. It is possible in BAIS to divide your minor over two semesters, only you will need to contact your coordinator of studies, to adapt your third year programme.

Maximum number of participants: 50

Prospectus number: 5000MCMWCN

Class number: 7816

Language: English

Registration: via EduXchange

LEI students 8 May to 15 July 2023

TUD and EUR students 8 May to 31 May 2023


Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Choose 30 EC in total (over both semesters)

First semester

Memory and decolonization 10
Cultural Memory of World War I & II 5

Second semester

Memory and the environment 10
Holocaust icons in arts, film and literature 5
Slavery and Memory in the Black Atlantic 10

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  • Extent: 30 EC (spread over 2 semesters, or 15 EC in semester 1)

  • Intended for: students from all disciplines

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Websites: Minors in English

  • Coordinator: J.M. Müller PhD.

  • More information: For practical information, please contact the Study adviser.

  • Board of Examiners: Duitse Taal en Cultuur

  • Education Committee: Duitse Taal en Cultuur

  • Registration:
    LEI students 8 May to 15 July 2023
    TUD and EUR students 8 May to 31 May 2023
    Register for the minor activity via EduXchange (applies to all students)
    From July, register separately for the courses via MyStudymap (only applies to LEI students).

Follow-on master's programme

not applicable


  • Students who follow the programme for 30 EC choose 15 EC of courses per semester or make sure that they choose 30 EC in total over both semesters.

  • This programme can also be followed for 15 EC in the first semester.