4 July 2016
Memory and Conflict: Remembering and Forgetting in Divided Societies
This course invites students to explore the study of conflict analysis and conflict transformation through a journey in the field of social memory studies. The course will focus on the role of social memory studies for peace and conflict studies scholars and allow students to delve into the analysis of internal dynamics of societies in or after conflict and the way they negotiate their pasts, presents and futures in the aftermath of war, conflict, repression, dictatorship, genocide and mass atrocities.
The course will explore dynamics and frameworks enabling the social organization of memory, and modes in which entire communities (and not only individuals) preserve remember and forget the past, commemorate it, deny or obliterate it. Finally the course will highlight practices related to memory work and memory activism in spaces of mnemonic conflicts over the narratives and representations of the past.
Dr. Orli Fridman holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (SCAR), George Mason University (2006). Dr. Fridman is an associate professor at the Faculty of Media and Communications (FMK), Singidu
Graduate students, advanced undergraduate students, individuals holding professional positions in the civic, public or private sector
Students will be introduced to some underpinning concepts in social memory studies and in conflict studies. Students will then apply this theoretical knowledge to a number of case studies, allowing them to further investigate the role of memory and memory activism in conflict analysis, and think comparatively about processes in conflict and post-conflict transformation.
Students who complete the course requirements may transfer the course credit to their home institution (5 ECTS)
EUR 430: All students except students from Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia as well as students from Conflict/post-Conflict countries
EUR 230: Students applying from Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia as well as students from Conflict/post-Conflict countries.