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Forgetting, Denying, and Archiving: A Hemispheric Perspective on Memory and Violence

AMST 343
Spring 2016
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: LAST 343
Certificates: International Relations

This course will examine the ways in which violence has been represented and reproduced by various social actors. It will present students with key works on the politics of memory from North America, Central America, and South America. For the Latin American portion, the class will examine the memory of the turbulent 20th century with a special emphasis on the period after the Cold War when Latin nations were forced to confront the memory of years of military repression, disappearances, violence, and death. Students will come away with an understanding that memory is not fixed or pervasive but is, in many ways, a sociocultural construct dependent on various repertoires. Moving from South to Central America, it presents how violent events were denied, acknowledged, and transformed, while selectively archived in a culture pushing to forget but simultaneously immortalize and search for healing. For the North American portion, the class will examine memorialization in relation to Indigenous populations and their encounters and ongoing struggles with settler colonialism, while blurring the boundaries through attention to "border thinking." By following a trajectory from the repression to the (re)production of memories, one that will in large part play out in the archives and their uses, the class will chart a number of responses to the various forms of colonization of memory.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AMST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%

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