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Race, Violence, and Memory Cultures
CHUM 336
Fall 2011
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: SOC 296

How do memory cultures take shape around the experience, recollection, and representation of collective trauma? How do these styles of remembrance shape public debate over the nature and legacies of histories of violence? From the United States to South Africa, this course will trace the way official and unofficial efforts to represent collective trauma provoke debates about group identity and boundaries, as well as the nature of memory itself. From popular films and public art to memorial sites and museum exhibitions, we will study the politics and aesthetics of recalling traumatic pasts as a form of history-making in postconflict settings. Combining sociological approaches to racialized conflict and collective memory with insights from history, anthropology, and cultural geography, we will investigate how memory cultures take shape as communities grapple with the physical and emotional legacies of violent pasts.

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS CHUM
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (SOC)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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