|| GG37920 |
|| GEOGRAPHIES OF MEMORY |
|| 2007/2008 |
|| Dr Gareth C Hoskins |
|| Semester 1 |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 10 x 2 hour lectures which involves group work and discussion |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours EXAMINATION Seen written examination.||50%|
|Semester Assessment|| ESSAY One coursework essay of up to 3,000 words.||50%|
|Supplementary Exam|| RESIT Resit on condoned (medical) grounds arising from non-completion of examination or coursework involves the completion of the missing component(s) for the full range of marks on dates set in the Supplementary Examination period.||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment|| RESUBMISSION Resit due to aggregate failure or non-completion of part of the assessment requires re-examination of each of the main components if marks of <40% in both were obtained, or re-examination or re-submission of the failed component (examination or assignment) to obtain a maximum mark of 40% for the module.
A new exam paper and/or essay assignment will be set as appropriate.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the relationships between history, memory, and place, and in particular the power relations and identity narratives inscribed in the historical landscape.
Critically discuss the complexities of our situated encounters with the past and evaluate a range of theoretical and applied approaches to the production of the historical landscape.
Demonstrate an ability to critically interrogate the taken-for-granted, common-sense meanings and messages inscribed into and drawn from particular sites of memory.
Demonstrate competencies in reading, writing, the analysis of texts and the historical landscape as well as practice in independent study.
Approaching memory, space and time (introduction to key debates)
Memory and the Self: geographical perspectives on memory and subjectivity.
Collaborative Memories: public memories, social memories, collective reminiscence, commemoration and performance.
The politics of memory: spatializing history/spatializing identity
Economies of memory: the heritage industry and past as commodity.
Contesting Memories I: silence, forgetting, dissonant pasts, counter-memories and the politics of difference.
Contesting Memories II: therapeutic landscapes, trauma, reconciliation and healing
Materializing Memory: objects and technologies of remembrance
Environmental Memories: contesting natures in the construction of national parks
Haunting memories: ghosts, specters and places of enchantment
This module offers students an opportunity to explore a broad spectrum of theoretical and applied debates that surround studies of memory and its links with the geographical. Drawing on a wide range of international examples, it examines the sites, technologies, politics and processes associated with various preservation and commemoration endeavours. Specifically, the ways in which groups and individuals struggle to gain authority to selectively represent and narrate their pasts will be discussed throughout alongside a concern with the practices of institutions in their efforts to reconcile problematic social memories. Case studies explore themes central to cultural geography including identity, subjectivity, embodiment, belonging, materiality, performance, scale, and the commodification of the past. The module develops substantive knowledge of topics introduced to students in The Geographies of Late Capitalism (GG25610), The Americas (GG26010) and Social and Cultural Geographies (GG25810). It also provides students with a range of critical approaches, concepts, vocabularies and ways-of-thinking about the "presentation of the past", the politics of heritage and the spatiality of memory. Throughout the module, student skills in analysis, written and oral communication will be developed through an engagement with both textual material and reflexive considerations of their own encounters with sites of memory.
|| Problem solving will be indirectly addressed through some lecture content, essay assignments and class-based discussions but will not be explicitly developed in the module. |
|| Students will be encouraged to develop independent research skills through collating material from library and internet sources, and through the analysis of primary sources. The opportunity that the module offers for practicing these skills will be especially useful for students wishing to conduct research or study at postgraduate level. Research skills will be assessed by means of the coursework essay. |
|| Written communication skills will be developed and assessed through the examination as well as through the assessed essay. Oral communication skills will also be developed through group discussion in lectures. |
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|| Students should implicitly develop their skills in this area through the organization of free-time reading and exam and essay preparation. Not explicitly developed through the module. |
|| Students will have the opportunity to develop team-work skills through group-based exercises and discussion in lectures. |
|| Students will be directed to material from the internet that is relevant to lecture topics. They will also have the opportunity to develop IT skills by using the internet as a source for primary and secondary materials in preparation for the assessed essay. |
|Application of Number
|| Not developed through this module |
|Personal Development and Career planning
|| Not explicitly developed through the module. The content of lectures and reading may indirectly encourage students to reflect on their own beliefs and views and may identify potential career paths for some. |
|Subject Specific Skills
|| The module will enable students to practice subject-specific skills which they have developed in years one and two, including techniques for analyzing historical and cultural texts. Students will develop their analytical skills through class-based discussions and in their assessed essay and examination.
** Recommended Text
Antze, P. and Lambeck, M. (eds) (1996) Tense Past: Cultural Essays in Trauma and Memory
Casey, E (1987) Remembering: a phenomenological study
Connerton, P. (1989) How Societies Remember
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
Coser, L.A.. (1992) Maurice Halbwachs, On Collective Memory
University of Chicago Press, London
Foote, K. (1997) Shadowed Ground: America¿s landscape of violence and tragedy
University of Texas Press, Austin
Foucault, M. (1984) Language, Counter memory, practice: selected essays and interviews by Michel Foucault (ed) D. F. Bouchard
Cornell University Press, Ithaca
Gillis J. R. (ed) (1994) Commemorations: The Politics of National Identity
Princeton, New Jersey
Graham, R, Tunbridge J. E and Ashworth, G. (1996) Dissonant Heritage: the management of the past as a resource in conflict
John Wiley and Sons Ltd, London.
Hayden, D (1997) The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History
The M.I.T. Press: Boston
Hewison, R (1987) The Heritage Industry
Hodgkin, K and Radstone, S (2003) Contested Pasts: The Politics of Memory
Loewen, J. (1999) Lies Across America: What our historic Sites get wrong
Simon and Schuster, London
Lowenthal, D (1996) The Heritage Crusade and the Spoils of History
The Free Press: New York
Lynch, K. (1976) What Time is this Place
The M.I.T Press: Cambridge MA.
Middleton D and D. Edwardsm (eds) (1990) Collective Remembering
Radstone, S and Hodgkin, K (ed) (2003) Regimes of Memory
Ricoeur, P (2004) Memory, History, Forgetting
Sturken, M (1997) Tangled Memories: the Vietnam War, the AIDS epidemic, and the politics of remembering
University of North Carolina Press: Berkeley
Tilden, F. (1997) Interpreting our Heritage
3rd Edition. University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill
Till, K (2005) The New Berlin
Minnesota University Press, Minneapolis
Trouillot, M (1997) Silencing the Past: Power & the Production of History
Walsh, K (1992) The Representation of the Past: Museums and Heritage in the post-modern world.
Zerubavel, E (2003) Time Maps: Collective Memory and the Social Shape of the Past.
Edensor, T. (1997) Environment and Planning D: Society and Space National Identity and the Politics of Memory: Remembering Bruce and Wallace in symbolic space
15 vol. 15, pp. 175-194.
Harvey, D. (1979) Annals of the Association of American Geographers. Monument and Myth: The Building of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Hoelscher, S and Alderman, D (2004) Social and Cultural Geography Memory and Place: Geographies of a Critical Relationship.
This module is at CQFW Level 6