The terror of history

Course content

The terror of history. Cultural memory and the politics of remembering Europe’s painful past

Europe’s twentieth century created a massive legacy of painful, complex and hugely divisive memories. The two World Wars, the Holocaust and other cases of genocide remain at the centre of cultural and collective remembering in Europe. Moreover, memories of the crimes of Fascism and Stalinist communism are hotly disputed and sometimes become the topics of what some scholars have called ‘memory wars’. Among the numerous examples of such memory disputes are the discussions in the European Parliament about how and when to remember Holocaust and the crimes of Stalinism and other totalitarian regimes, the confrontations between Russians and Estonians about the memory of the Second World War and the role of the Red Army, represented by the so- Bronze Soldier statue in Talinn, and the mutual accusations between Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia about crimes committed both during the Second World War and the wars of the 1990s.

Memory wars within and between different countries are played out in history writing and literature, in popular culture and political debates and in courts and tribunals. This course looks at a number of such memory wars and the ways they are fought between different countries and in different media. Drawing on a wide selection of theories of cultural and collective memory, we will investigate how we may analyse and understand such memory wars.

Education

Curriculum for the BA programme for the East and South East European Studies with specialisations in Balkan Studies, Modern Greek Studies, Polish and Russian, the 2015 curriculum

Curriculum for the BA programme for the East and South East European Studies with specialisations in Balkan Studies, Modern Greek Studies, Polish and Russian, the 2010 curriculum

Curriculum for the elective studies in Eastern European Studies, The 2007 Curriculum

Curriculum for Master´s Programme in Russian Language and Culture
The 2008 Curriculum

Curriculum for Master´s Programme in Eastern European Studies, The 2008 Curriculum

Curriculum for Master’s Programme in Cross-Cultural Studies, The 2015 Curriculum

Curriculum for Master’s Programme in Cross-Cultural Studies, The 2009 Curriculum

Learning outcome

BA 2015-studieordning Balkan:
Særligt studeret emne (fagelementkode HBAB00791E)
BA-projekt (fagelementkode HBAB00801E)

BA 2010-studieordning Balkan:
Fordybelsesemne (fagelement HBAB01091E)
Valgfrit emne (fagelementkode HBAB01101E) 
BA projekt (fagelementkode HBAB01111E) 

BA 2015-studieordning Polsk:
Særligt studeret emne (fagelementkode HPLB00791E)
BA-projekt (fagelementkode HPLB00801E)

BA 2010-studieording Polsk:
Fordybelsesemne (fagelementkode HPLB01091)
Valgfrit emne (fagelementkode HPLB01101E) 
BA projekt (fagelementkode HPLB01111E) 

BA 2015-studieordning Russisk:
Særligt studeret emne (fagelementkode HRUB00791E)
BA-projekt (fagelementkode HRUB00801E)

BA 2010-studieordning Russisk:
Fordybelsesemne (fagelementkode HRUB01091E)
Valgfrit emne (fagelementkode HRUB01101E)
BA projekt (fagelementkode HRUB01111E)

BA tilvalg 2007-studieordning Komparative Kulturstudier:
Frit emne A (fagelementkode HKKB10111E)
Frit emne B (fagelementkode HKKB10121E)

BA tilvalg 2007-studieordning Østeuropastudier:
Valgfrit emne (fagelementkode HØEB10031E)

KA tilvalg 2008-studieornding Komparative Kulturstudier:
Tematisk emne A (fagelementkode HKKK03291E)
Tematisk emne B (fagelementkode HKKK03301E)
Aktuelt emne A (fagelementkode HKKK03251E)
Aktuel emne  B (fagelementkode HKKK03261E)

KA 2008-studieordning Polsk:
Valgfag (fagelementkode HPLK03371E)
Emne A Samfund, kultur, mentalitet: det aktuelle Polen (fagelementkode HPLK03331E)

KA 2008-studieordning Russisk:
Valgfag (fagelementkode HRUK03371E)
   
KA 2008-studieordning Østeuropastudier:
Særligt studeret emne I (fagelementkode HØEK03211E
Særligt studeret emne II (fagelementkode HØEK03231E)
Emne B (fagelementkode HØEK03241E)
Valgfag (fagelementkode HØEK03261E)

KA 2015-studieordning Tværkulturelle Studier:
Regional specialisering (fagelementkode HTÆK03211E)
Regional specialisering med sprog (fagelementkode HTÆK03261E)
Aktuel tematisk problemstilling (fagelementkode HTÆK03141E)

KA 2009-studieordning Tværkulturelle Studier:
Regional specialisering (fagelementkode HTÆK03021E)
Regional specialisering med sprog (fagelementkode HTÆK03041E)
Aktuel tematisk problemstilling (fagelementkode HTÆK03051E)

The course will be a mixture of lectures and seminars. Students are expected to contribute to the discussions and give an oral presentation of a relevant case study.

to be announced in Absalon

ECTS
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Other
Criteria for exam assessment

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 356,5
  • Lectures
  • 56
  • English
  • 412,5