ANTHRCUL 430 - History, Memory, and Silence
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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This senior/graduate seminar is an exploration in the anthropological approaches to the study of history, memory, and silence: the silences of the empty archives, the ruptured oral historical accounts, and the fragments of debris and ruins. The seminar focuses on history and history-making that account for the experiences, lives, and emotions of underrepresented groups, undocumented individuals, and un-archived events. The readings are anchored on Walter Benjamin’s concept of history to navigate around the following questions: How do we trace and represent the past in the aftermath of violence and destruction? How do historians and anthropologists conduct their research when the evidence is destroyed? Ultimately, what constitutes an ‘evidence’ for history, and how could we entertain material and immaterial remnants of the past to expand our understanding of the ‘archives’? Overall, the seminar invites participants to think of the role of historians and anthropologists as storytellers who are perpetually struggling with the politics of representation. Second, we read historical ethnographies with an eye on the text, research methods, and as a genre of writing about the past.

ANTHRCUL 430 - History, Memory, and Silence
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001 (SEM)
Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0822356198
Rubble : the afterlife of destruction, Author: Gaston R. Gordillo., Publisher: Duke University Press 2014
ISBN: 080476218X
Multidirectional memory : remembering the Holocaust in the age of decolonization, Author: Michael Rothberg., Publisher: Stanford University Press 2009
ISBN: 0811214931
The museum of unconditional surrender, Author: Dubravka Ugresic ; translated by Celia Hawkesworth., Publisher: New Directions 2002
ISBN: 0520085876
Hiroshima traces : time, space and the dialectics of memory, Author: L. Yoneyama, Publisher: University of California Press 1999
ISBN: 0807043117
Silencing the past : power and the production of history, Author: Michel-Rolph Trouillot., Publisher: Beacon Press [3. print. 2007
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