GERMAN 731 - Cultural and Historical Analysis
Section: 001 Museums and Memory
Term: FA 2017
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
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May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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As theatres of memory, museums engage historical and aesthetic affect and intelligibility. Museums provide spaces filled with objects, sacred and profane, aesthetic and mundane, that construct temporal and epistemological layers worthy of investigation. In this interdisciplinary seminar, we study theories of memory, history, and time that reflect on the display practices of contemporary museum culture. What are the figures of time and history that have characterized museums from the Renaissance Cabinet of Curiosities to the contemporary gallery? How have artist curators such as Daniel Spoerri and Mark Dion, among others, helped to develop models of exhibiting historical artifacts that pressure the museal object and its memory function? Museum and exhibition examples will derive from student research, as well as from my own work on exhibition culture in Europe and the U.S. Readings include texts by Jan Assmann, Walter Benjamin, Lorraine Daston, Michel Foucault, Maurice Halbwachs, François Hartog, Reinhart Koselleck, Pierre Nora, and Paul Ricoeur.

GERMAN 731 - Cultural and Historical Analysis
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001 (SEM)
Tu 2:00PM - 5:00PM
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