Politics of Memory:Present Pasts
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Division: University-wide Programs
Department: Global Studies
Course Number: UGLB 3512
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Global Studies
Few things are more controversial than the remembrance of national tragedies. Does a monument have to be as big as the crime? Do political agendas clash with survivors’ aspirations? Can tourists share the same space as mourners? How is collective memory transmitted to next generations? Are there transnational memory “patterns”? This course examines the globalization of memory politics and how we remember, learn, teach, and analyze major tragedies. The course pays special attention to how trauma is memorialized and includes field trips to the September 11 Memorial and other sites of memory in New York City to explore sensitive questions of sacred space, embodied ritual, starchitecture, and death tourism. These issues are placed in the broader context of the politics of memory through comparative case studies in Germany, Argentina, Cambodia, Turkey, Hungary, and the U.S. Students will learn about the role of memory politics in transitional justice, reparations, and compensation, and how memory relates to economic development, international politics, public policies, and diasporic communities. Students will pursue an independent research project on a specific country, community or site of memory.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Open to Undergraduate students.