Focuses on the complex interactions between history and historical representation, remembrance and commemoration, memory and identity, and notions of just8ice and reconciliation. Addresses these issues on methodological, theoretical, and practical grounds, drawing on examples from various genres, periods, and world regions. Offered.
Participants will engage in an intensive and comprehensive manner several related concerns. These might include: * forms and functions of public commemorations; * private remembering, oral history, and related methodological issues; * the dual roles of memoirs and (auto-)biographies as histories and historical documents; * private and public creation of collective imaginations of the past; * collective memory leading to the construction, or changing notions, of individual and group identities, the attainment of justice, and concepts of race, ethnicity, nation, and region; * the tensions between historical research, historical presentation, and public representations.
Student learning goals
As per class description.
General method of instruction
Seminar discussions and presentations.
Class assignments and grading
Active participation (15% of grade), discussion leadership (15%), two thought pieces (20%), research paper (50%).