Spring 2013: Memory, History, Anthropology
The course will examine a number of influential theoretical texts on memory and look at selected case studies.
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.
Sponsored By: the Department of Anthropology and the John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities