JUDAIC 350 - Legacy of the Holocaust in Yugoslav Culture: How and Why We Need to Narrate the Holocaust
Fall 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
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The course’s primary focus is raising awareness about the historical and global persistence of racism and politics of intolerance that informs the daily lives of citizens. The reading list consists of new writings on the Holocaust created in response to the contemporary recurrence of various forms of racism, anti-Semitism, and right-wing politics in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Students will be encouraged to think about the resurrection of racist rhetoric manifested in ethnic particularism, strong anti-Semitic sentiments, and not infrequently, official anti-Roma politics. The course also makes a necessary link with racism underlying economic or even security arguments (be it the Arizona anti-immigrant law, the dislocation of the Roma by the Serbian or British governments for reasons of urban development, the abandonment of the boat with African immigrants by the Italian Navy, or the anti-Roma laws in Slovakia quoting crime prevention).

Since the rise in racism in Europe is linked to the fall of Communism, the enlargement of the EU, global migrations, as well as a long economic crisis, students will be invited to make connections between these social processes capable of producing seismic shifts and creating the fertile soil for the dissemination of racist ideas. Students will be encouraged to explore the link between the past and present, rather than read the primary texts as monuments to the past, the past that mankind keeps vowing will never repeat. Students will be invited to think why texts about the Holocaust can be particularly instructive about the reemergence of racist ideologies that are resurrected at times of social crisis.

Finally, to answer the question of “how” we write about the Holocaust, the reading list contains very diverse narrative techniques that in strange and painful ways immerse the reader in the position of the victim. The reading list consists of primary texts about the Holocaust in Eastern Europe and the Balkans that frequently treat the subject in novel and unexpected ways. The secondary literature is composed of essays, excerpts, filmic and documentary material intended to foster discussion about racism and anti-Semitism not merely as the event of the past and firmly connected to the period of the Nazi occupation of Europe, but as a global occurrence that may and does affect our lives at present.

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Evaluation: based on class participation, midterm presentation, final project (if paper, 10-12 pp, otherwise run your project idea with instructor prior to starting it), and the oral presentation of the project-paper, bi-weekly quizzes and weekly discussion questions.


JUDAIC 350 - Legacy of the Holocaust in Yugoslav Culture: How and Why We Need to Narrate the Holocaust
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001 (LEC)
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