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Title: How Cultures Remember
Description: This course is about social memory and the ways in which different cultures represent them. In the first part of the course we will review certain ways in which the main theorists in the field understood social memory. In the second part, we will explore ethnographic cases of how different groups have constructed culturally distinct sites and practices of memory. It is impossible to cover all aspects of social memory, but the readings on remembering and forgetting traumatic experiences that followed colonialism, totalitarian regimes, the Holocaust, and genocide, as well as memory practices in sciences will allow us to assess how anthropologists study and theorize different practices of memory in their work today. Our goal is to carry out an overarching analysis that highlights the successes and shortcomings of the field. The course will draw on a range of materials including ethnography, philosophy, historiography, and documentary and feature films.
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Name: Manduhai Buyandelger
Online Course: No
Affiliation: MIT
Field: Cultural
Material Type: Syllabus
Course Level: Advanced
Student Type: Graduate,Undergraduate
Class Size: Up to 20

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