SOC 595 - Topics in Sociology
Section: 002 Memory Wars
Term: WN 2019
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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How do individuals in a given society make sense of distant historical events that are profoundly shaping for the present? In this course, we explore the politics of memory - meaning that we are interested in understanding how individuals come to agree on what a particular event represents in the collective experience of a society. How does our society remember (and forget) the war in Vietnam (1955-1975), slavery and grassroots workers protests? – and how will we remember history a generation from now? These are contested spaces, in which individuals have to work out the meaning of these events - who were the heroes, who were the villains, and how are wrongs repaired? In this course, we refer to these political struggles over the social meanings of highly significant historical events as Memory Wars. We will explore these Memory Wars on a fascinating journey leading us through the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the post-socialist space to the dark spots of 20th century history: contested urban landscapes in Detroit, Moscow and Windhoek, the divided memory on the Vietnam War or the plotting of the 1915 genocide in Armenian and Turkish history text books. The course concludes with a final discussion on alternative, bottom-up approaches – including cinema and art – to reconcile competing narratives on the past.

SOC 595 - Topics in Sociology
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001 (SEM)
5Doc Level
5SOC Grad
M 12:00PM - 3:00PM
002 (SEM)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
003 (SEM)
Tu 4:00PM - 10:00PM
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