ANTHRCUL 298 - Topics in Cultural Anthropology
Section: 102 Are We Ever Alone? Anthropological Approaches to Memory
Term: SP 2009
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Requirements & Distribution:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

  • What is the relation between an individual and collective memories?
  • What is the distinction between memory and remembrance?
  • How do societies "remember"?

This course will address these questions by reviewing the ways anthropologists have approached memory as a relational product, formed through social interaction, linking individual affects and experiences to collective histories, and informed by larger-scale political and economic developments.

The course will focus first on more theoretical approaches to "memory", to investigate more closely the concepts of "collective memory" and its accompanying, but also formative elements: forgetting and nostalgia. The second part of the course will examine various representations of memory. We will do so by concentrating on themes situated at the core of anthropological inquiry such as, the body and genealogies, roads and maps, portable forms (objects, memoirs) and stable places (sites, landscapes, and monuments) in order to investigate their role as both metaphors and receptacles of memory.

ANTHRCUL 298 - Topics in Cultural Anthropology
Schedule Listing
101 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 1:00PM
102 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 4:00PM
103 (LEC)
WF 10:00AM - 1:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 0807043117
Silencing the past power and the production of history, Author: Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Publisher: Beacon Press 5th pr. 2007
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0521568927
The architecture of memory : a Jewish Muslim household in colonial Algeria, 1937 - 1962, Author: Joelle Bahloul, Publisher: Cambridge Univ. Press 1. publ. i 1996
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 039458368X
In an antique land, Author: Amitav Ghosh., Publisher: A.A. Knopf 1993
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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