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Christoph Giebel
JSIS B 446
Seattle Campus

History, Memory, and Justice

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.

Class description

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oral history, and related methodological issues; the dual roles of memoirs and (auto-)biographies as histories and historical documents; private and public creation of collective imaginations of the past; collective memory leading to the construction, or changing notions, of individual and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

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Active participation (15% of grade), discussion leadership (15%), two thought pieces (20%), research paper (50%).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Christoph Giebel
Date: 05/08/2012