Course content

This course offers a comprehensive overview of questions related to space, memory and the past, and works within an interdisciplinary framework to consider how these three concepts intersect and have been used for purposes ranging from positive creation of communal narratives to violent exclusion of ‘others’. During the course the doctoral students examine how spatial organisation functions as part of individual and social memory, both in contemporary cultures as well as in historical narratives. The students will analyse the role of space in sustaining notions of the past, cultural groupings and ethics in contemporary societies, for instance in relation to locations, place names, or monuments invoking a traumatic or glorified past.

Learning outcomes

For a grade pass on the course, students should be able to:

  • Describe and explain how spatial organisation functions as part of individual and social memory, both in contemporary cultures as well as in historical narratives.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse uses of space and place for political and other social purposes.
  • Compare and independently evaluate different types of source material related to spatial organisation of memory and the past.

Practical information

The course has the following obligatory elements: active participation in lectures and seminars; completion of written assignments in the form of learning journal; an oral presentation.

The course is examined through written assignments in the form of a learning journal, oral presentation and completed seminar exercises; including text discussions and field exercises during excursions.

Teaching takes place in the form of lectures, seminars, and an excursion.

Period: Second half of spring semester 2020 (March 23 — June 7)

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Language of instruction: English

Course director: TBA

Theme coordinator: Inka Moilanen

Course title in Swedish: Rumslighet, minnet och det förflutna

The course is offered by the Department of History in collaboration with the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, the Department of Culture and Aesthetics, the Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, the Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, and the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern, and Turkish Studies.

The course is part of the theme Space and Place in the Humanities