History, Memory, Media
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5247
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This seminar focuses on the ways visual culture mediates notions of history. How do visual media—film, video, photography, comics, the Internet, etc.—constitute, challenge, alter or otherwise impact memory and history? What are the limits of representation of the past? What is the role of memory—collective memory and individual memory (testimony)—in the discourse of history? Is there such a thing as transgenerational memory and how does this create new categories for understanding the construction of history? What are the ethical and moral demands on the maker of historical films in retelling the past? ? This class explores these and other questions through case studies of historical events documented and memorialized in notable fiction and documentary films, on the internet, through social media, and in comics, and the lively literature that has sprung up to interrogate this work. Case studies may include: the American civil rights movement; the end of colonial rule in Algeria; the Holocaust; the overthrow of the Allende government in Chile; the Cambodian genocide during the Pol Pot regime; China’s Great Famine; the AIDS crisis, among others. Students will view works in and outside class and submit papers integrating readings and screenings; participation in class discussions and the presentation of one paper or project are expected of all seminar members
Course Open to: Degree Students
Open to Graduate students.