Spring 2013: Memory, History, Anthropology

The course will examine a number of influential theoretical texts on memory and look at selected case studies.

ANTHH261B01 — Memory, History, Anthropology

The social aspects of memory. Collective representations and memorial genres. Institutional memory and the effects of institutions on individual memory. Memory in oral and literate societies. Memory as a political act and a tool of political legitimacy. Mourning and trauma. Role of narrative in memory and the relationship between non-narrative forms and memory. How memory relates to the present and to the past. The course will examine a number of influential theoretical texts on memory and look at selected case studies.

Prerequisites: One 100-level course in Anth, Pols, Socl, or Hist.

Contact: zsaleh@haverford.edu.

Sponsored By: the Department of Anthropology and the John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities