RCSSCI 346 - Genocide and Trauma in Southeast Asia, Africa, and Europe in the Twentieth Century
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
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In what ways do historical traumas haunt the present? How have mass trauma and collective violence been variously remembered, and actively forgotten, in the construction of national histories and personal narratives? What are the relations among mass violence, impunity, and state terrorism? We will begin with an introduction to the study of memory, history and trauma that will draw primarily on materials that concern the Holocaust before turning to a surprisingly little-known Southeast Asian case of genocide. Our central focus will be on the violence surrounding the elimination of the Indonesian left wing in 1965-66, in which 500,000 to two million people were killed in a five-month period. We will give special attention to recent documentary films on this violence and its aftermath, including Joshua Oppenheimer’s award-winning documentary films, The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence. Our comparative perspective will be enhanced by looking at trauma and memory in other global contexts, including South Africa, Cambodia, and Rwanda.

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Students will be evaluated on the basis of their class participation, short response papers, and a final project.

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RCSSCI 346 - Genocide and Trauma in Southeast Asia, Africa, and Europe in the Twentieth Century
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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