Fall 2012

Making Memorials

Listed in: Architectural Studies, as ARCH-365  |  European Studies, as EUST-365  |  German, as GERM-365

Formerly listed as: GERM-65

Moodle site: Course

Faculty

Heidi Gilpin (Section 01)

Description

(Offered as GERM 365 ARCH 365, and EUST 365.) This is a course about what happens to difficult memories: memories that are intensely personal, but made public, memories that belong to communities, but which become ideologically possessed by history, politics, or the media. How are memories processed into memorials? What constitutes a memorial? What gets included or excluded? How is memory performed in cultural objects, spaces, and institutions? What is the relationship between the politics of representation and memory? Who owns memory? Who is authorized to convey it? How does memory function? This course will explore the spaces in which memories are “preserved” and experienced. Our attention will focus on the transformation of private and public memories in works of architecture, performance, literature, and the visual arts primarily in Germany, Europe, and the United States. Preference given to German majors and European Studies majors, as well as to students interested in architecture/design, performance, the visual arts, interactive installation and/or the environment. Conducted in English, with German majors required to do a substantial portion of the reading in German.

Limited to 20 students. Fall semester. Professor Gilpin.

Keywords

Fine arts for non-majors, Foreign culture taught in English, Writing attentive

Offerings

2015-16: Offered in Fall 2015
Other years: Offered in Spring 2009, Fall 2012