SLAVIC 470 - Topics in Cultural Studies of Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe
Section: 002 Technologies of Memory: Heritage, Monument, Museum
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Slavic Languages and Literatures (SLAVIC)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
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This seminar is an introduction to the study of cultural memory. This introduction will be conducted via an exploration of three major technologies of memory—heritage, monuments, and museums—with case studies of each of the preceding drawn from post-Yugoslavia.

While debates have raged in memory studies about whether collective memory is located in sites, a claim famously made by Maurice Halbwachs, or in individual or collective subjectivities, as many of Halbwachs’s critics have subsequently argued, the seminar will pose objects of remembrance and remembering subjects as mutually-constituting and historically enmeshed phenomena, neither understandable in isolation from the other. From this perspective, heritage, monuments and museums emerge as sites where subjects and objects meet, sometimes in an embrace and other times in a collision. The seminar will thus explore heritage, monuments and museums as three “technologies of memory,” at once shaping and shaped by collective projects of historical recall. The seminar will also attempt to critique the moralizing preservationist gaze on memory objects that remains a dominant perspective on those objects, in public culture and scholarship alike. A number of alternative gazes on memory objects will be offered in order to provide students with other approaches to doing and studying memory work.

The seminar is divided into four parts, each three weeks long. In Part 1, we will review some basic readings about collective and cultural memory and about the particular memory politics of post-Yugoslavia. In Parts 2, 3 and 4, we will study heritage, monuments and museums, drawing both similarities and contrasts between them and studying their particular salience in the post-Yugoslav memoryscape.

SLAVIC 470 - Topics in Cultural Studies of Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe
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001 (LEC)
W 10:00AM - 1:00PM
002 (LEC)
W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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