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The politics of remembering and forgetting

A course on the ideas and practices of memory, history, memorialization, and forgetfulness

In this course you will:
- be introduced to some basic concepts that are central to the study of memory, memorialization and the relation between memory and history
- read scholarly texts on remembering, forgetting, and the process through which a 'narrative' of history emerges from and interacts with individual and collective memories
- reflect on your own practices of remembering, forgetting and engaging with history
- write short papers based on the texts you read and your own experiences with history and memory
- visit at least one museum exhibition
- think about statues, texts, archives, school-books and other 'things' through which memory and history are mediated

Interaction

All texts and assignments are available on Moodle, and have to be handed in through the Moodle platform.
If you have questions regarding the course, the assignments, deadlines, etc...you can either use the discussion forum on the Moodle page to ask your fellow-students, or send an e-mail to prof. Josephine Hoegaerts

Timetable

There are no contact-moments or events connected to this course. The assignments should be carried out between 28 October and 20 December 2019, final assignments will be accepted for grading until 20 January 2020.

Material

Throughout the course, you will read a number of academic articles in the subject of memory, history, forgetting, and memorialization. All the material is available on the Moodle page.

Conduct of the course

The course consists of 6 assignments, to be carried out by each student, and combining the use of academic texts with more 'active' tasks such as visiting a museum. You can carry out the tasks at your own pace during the semester (I would very much advise you to do them 'in order', though). I will provide feedback for work handed in during the teaching period, and will grade assignments handed in up to a month after the end of the teaching period (20 January 2020)

Feedback

The assignments will all be graded on a 1-5 scale, and I will mainly pay attention to how well you integrate the concepts and ideas you will read about in the articles in your own text. (i.e. make sure you show that you have read the texts, that you understand its main arguments and basic terminology, and that you can apply it to your own thinking and arguments.) On the other hand: be creative, draw on your personal experiences, and make sure you express your own opinions (i.e. don't just repeat what's in the articles. I have read them already, after all).

I will read assignments appr. once a week, and will post my feedback to your assignments on the Moodle page. (In other words, if you hand in an assignment each week, you will be able to use the feedback most effectively throughout the course)

Description

The course is aimed at master students in Area and Cultural Studies (and these students will be given preference when enrolling). It is expected that students are somewhat familiar with theories on culture and particularly on constructions of space and spatial belonging. However, no specific prior knowledge is necessary to complete the course.

Opintojakson suorittaminen ei edellytä aiempia maisteritason opintoja.

In this course you will:

- be introduced to some basic concepts that are central to the study of memory, memorialization and the relation between memory and history

- read scholarly texts on remembering, forgetting, and the process through which a 'narrative' of history emerges from and interacts with individual and collective memories

- reflect on your own practices of remembering, forgetting and engaging with history

- write short papers based on the texts you read and your own experiences with history and memory

- visit at least one museum exhibition

- think about statues, texts, archives, school-books and other 'things' through which memory and history are mediated

There are no contact-moments or events connected to this course. The assignments should be carried out between 28 October and 20 December 2019, final assignments will be accepted for grading until 20 January 2020.

The course will focus on:

- Notions of individual memory and practices of remembering and forgetting

- 'Social' understandings of remembering and forgetting

- The cultural meaning of remembering and forgetting

- The representation of memory and forgetfulness in museums and heritage-institutions

- The connection between individual and social/cultural practices of memory and forgetting

- The role of neurology in cultural understandings of memory

The course consists of 6 assignments, to be carried out by each student, and combining the use of academic texts with more 'active' tasks such as visiting a museum. You can carry out the tasks at your own pace during the semester (I would very much advise you to do them 'in order', though). I will provide feedback for work handed in during the teaching period, and will grade assignments handed in up to a month after the end of the teaching period (20 January 2020)

(available on Moodle)

The assignments will all be graded on a 1-5 scale, and I will mainly pay attention to how well you integrate the concepts and ideas you will read about in the articles in your own text. (i.e. make sure you show that you have read the texts, that you understand its main arguments and basic terminology, and that you can apply it to your own thinking and arguments.) On the other hand: be creative, draw on your personal experiences, and make sure you express your own opinions (i.e. don't just repeat what's in the articles. I have read them already, after all).

Opintojakso toteutetaan lähiopetuksena, kirjatenttinä, esseenä tai verkko-opintoina.