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General information:
Annual:
2017/2018
Code:
HUX-1-232-s
Name:
Politics of Memory after Socialism
Faculty of:
Humanities
Study level:
First-cycle studies
Specialty:
-
Field of study:
Social Informatics
Semester:
2
Profile of education:
Academic and practical
Lecture language:
English
Form and type of study:
Full-time studies
Course homepage:
 
Responsible teacher:
prof. Buzalka Juraj (juraj.buzalka@fses.uniba.sk)
Academic teachers:
prof. Buzalka Juraj (juraj.buzalka@fses.uniba.sk)
Module summary

Politics of Memory after Socialism

Description of learning outcomes for module
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Connections with FLO Method of learning outcomes verification (form of completion)
Social competence
M_K001 participate in open discussion on patterns of commemoration UX1P_K06 Activity during classes
Skills
M_U001 trace everyday aspects and patterns of commemoration as enacted via kinship or food consumption UX1P_U02 Activity during classes
Knowledge
M_W001 undertand populism basing on case studies mostly dealing with East Central Europe UX1P_W13 Essay
M_W002 is familiar with political aspects of commemoration UX1P_W02 Essay
FLO matrix in relation to forms of classes
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Form of classes
Lecture
Audit. classes
Lab. classes
Project classes
Conv. seminar
Seminar classes
Pract. classes
Zaj. terenowe
Zaj. warsztatowe
Others
E-learning
Social competence
M_K001 participate in open discussion on patterns of commemoration - - - - - + - - - - -
Skills
M_U001 trace everyday aspects and patterns of commemoration as enacted via kinship or food consumption - - - - - + - - - - -
Knowledge
M_W001 undertand populism basing on case studies mostly dealing with East Central Europe - - - - - + - - - - -
M_W002 is familiar with political aspects of commemoration - - - - - + - - - - -
Module content
Seminar classes:

The course develops the perspective on relations between the representation of past and the present-day politics in post-socialist Eastern Europe. It aims to explain what, how, and why particular events, personalities, and narratives are commemorated and/or eliminated/muted/forgotten, how memories are transmitted socially, and what is the effect of post-socialist transformation on the role of the past in present-day societies. The course´s approach discusses economic underpinnings of the politics of the past, memory of violence and suffering, national and other community commemorations, religious aspect of memory politics, various everyday ways of coming to terms with past such as via food, kinship or ritual, among other ways.
The course is roughly divided into three parts. The first aims to locate the role of memory in general and in present day transformations in particular (with regard to socialist and post-socialist past). The second focuses on predominantly political aspects of commemoration such as nation, state, religion and so on. The third part aims to cover some everyday aspects and patterns of commemoration as enacted via kinship or food consumption.
The themes and texts of the course are the following:

  1. Memory, History, Identity
    Eric Hobsbawm (1972) The Social Function of the Past: Some Questions. Past and Present 55: 3–17.
    Pierre Nora (1989) Between Memory and History: Les Lieux de Mémoire. Representations 26: 7-24.
    Paul Connerton (1989) How societies remember. Cambridge UP.
    Jan Assmann (1995) Collective Memory and Cultural Identity. New German Critique 65: 125-133.
  2. Memory after socialism
    Rubie S. Watson (1994) Memory, History, and Opposition under State Socialism. An Introduction. In. Rubie S. Watson, ed., Memory, History, and Opposition under State Socialism. Sante Fe: School of American Research Press.
  3. Memory and Kinship
    Frances Pine (1996) Naming the House and Naming the Land: Kinship and Social Groups in Highland Poland . JRAI.
  4. Politics of Dead Bodies
    Katherine Verdery (1999). The Political Lives of Dead Bodies: Reburial and Postsocialist Change. New York: Columbia University Press.
  5. Religion and memory
    Sekerdej, K. et all. (2007) Popular Religion and Postsocialist Nostalgia Licheń as a Polysemic Pilgrimage Centre. Polish sociological review.
  6. Nationalism and memory
    Juraj Buzalka (2007) Nation and Religion. The Politics of Commemoration in South-East Poland. Lit. ch 4.
  7. Memory and Ethnicity
    Michael Stewart (2004) Remembering without Commemoration: The Mnemonics and Politics of Holocaust Memories among European Roma. J. Roy. Anthrop. Inst. (N.S.) 10: 561-582.
  8. Memory and tradition
    Michaela Schauble (2017) Living History? Reenacting the Past and Promoting “Tradition” in the Dalmatian Hinterland. Nationalities Papers.
  9. Memory and/of Class
    Kazimiera Wódz and Monika Gnieciak (2017) Post-industrial Landscape. Space and Place in the Personal Experiences of Residents of the Former Working-class Estate of Ksawera in Będzin in Victoria Goddard and Susana Narotzky, eds, Work and Livelihood in Times of Crisis: History, Ethnography, Models, Routledge
  10. (East-Central) European Memory Orientalism
    Andre Gingrich (1996) Frontier Myths of Orientalism. The Muslim World in Public and Popular Cultures of Central Europe, In MIESS, pp 99-127.
  11. Food and Memory
    Neringa Klumbyté (2010) The Soviet Sausage Renaissance. American Anthropologist 112/1.
  12. Consumption and Globalisation
    Hana Červinková (2012) The Kidnapping of Wroclaw´s Dwarves. The Symbolic Politics of Neoliberalism in Urban East-Central Europe. East European Politics, Societies, and Cutures.
  13. Nostalgia for Post-Socialism
    Nadkarni, Maya and Olga Shevchenko, ‘The Politics of Nostalgia in the Aftermath of Socialism’s Collapse: A Case for Comparative Analysis’ in .” In Anthropology and Nostalgia, edited by Olivia Angé and David Berliner, 61-95. Berghahn: New York and Oxford, 2015.

Student workload (ECTS credits balance)
Student activity form Student workload
Summary student workload 100 h
Module ECTS credits 4 ECTS
Participation in seminar classes 30 h
Preparation for classes 30 h
Contact hours 2 h
Preparation of a report, presentation, written work, etc. 38 h
Additional information
Method of calculating the final grade:
The assessment consists of short mid-term discussion paper examination (1000 words in English or Polish) dealing with literature review and discussion about one of the topics covered by the syllabus. The end term paper is the final exam of the course and shall analytically deal with one of the topics of memory after socialism, i. e. it shall also include empirical case study. The essay shall be based on the literature discussed during the course but also contain individually chosen sources. The essay in English shall be concise and shall not exceed 2000 words..
Prerequisites and additional requirements:

The course has a form of seminar. The reading of texts for each session is required for the fruitful development of discussion in the class.

Recommended literature and teaching resources:

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Scientific publications of module course instructors related to the topic of the module:

Juraj Buzalka (2007) Nation and Religion. The Politics of Commemoration in South-East Poland. Lit. ch 4.

Additional information:

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