Anthropology | Memory and Culture
E382 | 27048 | Bahloul

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

a. Undergraduate students
-   Class diary in 4 submissions (40%)
-   Research paper or fieldwork exercise (10 to 15 pages, 45%)
-   Class attendance and participation (15%)

b. Graduate students
-   Class diary in 4 submissions (40%)
-   Fieldwork project (40%)
-   Two oral presentations (20%)

Bahloul, J.,   The Architecture of Memory, Cambridge Univ. Press, 1996
Connerton, P., How Societies Remember, Cambridge Univ. Press, 1989
Diner, Hasia,  Lower East Side Memories: A Jewish Place in America,
Princeton University Press, 2000
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 Le Goff, Jacques, History and Memory, Columbia Univ. Press, 1992