The Politics of Memory: The Contested Past in Museums, Monuments, and Minds

In this module, you will address the construction of memory at various sites, principally museums and monuments, in which versions of the past are represented or conflict with one another. You will study some of the crucial cases in memory studies: the commemoration and representation of the Holocaust, war, and the history of race and slavery. You’ll encounter the commemorative landscape of the Washington, DC, Mall as well as memorials, museums, and historic sites in Britain and continental Europe. You will also consider representations of the past in materials such as films and written works. This module involves field trips to regional museums and/or memorials, which will help to illuminate and prompt debate on module themes and form the basis for some of the assessed work. The number of students we can accept on this module is limited and students are normally expected to pay their own travel expenses.