Anthropology | Memory and Culture
E600 | 25417 | Bahloul


MEMORY  AND  CULTURE

In the first decade of the 20th century, Maurice Halbwachs, a disciple
of Durkheim, put forward the concept of "collective memory", a direct
product of the sociological reflection on "collective consciousness".
In the following decades, remembrance was to be analyzed as a learned
process, and as a cultural phenomenon expressed within the
individual's membership in a given social group. This course will be
devoted to the review of the theoretical and ethnographic literature
on collective memory, as it unfolds in diverse social and cultural
contexts such as written narrative, visual and audio-visual art,
architecture and monuments, in private and public ritual and religion,
in genealogy, national identity, and in the social experience of the
body.

Requirements:
- one mid-term and a final examinations (20% and 25%)
- one research paper or fieldwork exercise (10 to 15 pages, 35%)
- class attendance (20%)
Graduate students will have to complete additional requirements.

Readings:
Bahloul, J.,      The Architecture of Memory, Cambridge Univ.
Press, 1996
Connerton, Paul,  How Societies Remember, Cambridge Univ. Press,
1989
Fentress J., Wickham Ch., Social Memory: New Perspectives on the
Past, Backwell, 1992
Guest, Kenneth, God in Chinatown: Religion and Survival in New York’s
Evolving Immigrant Community, NYU Press, 2003
Halbwachs, Maurice, On Collective Memory, University of Chicago
Press, 1992