Memory and Commemoration II

This blended-learning seminar deals with debates about memory and commemoration and provides students with an introduction to the field of memory studies. The course focuses on the question of why commemorating the past is such a vexed issue. Sessions examine the concept of coming to terms with the past by examining various national contexts and their difficult pasts, including Australian colonial history, memory politics in Hong Kong, the treatment of indigenous Canadians, the archiving of refuge experiences, Berlin as a site of memory, and the commemoration of genocide in international comparison. Through case studies, interviews, and theoretical readings, students develop responses to flashpoint issues: Why are monuments being pulled down? Should museum objects be returned? Must street names be changed to reflect current sensibilities? Can reenactment redress historical injustices? How do textbooks change perceptions of the past? Video interviews, presentations, self-assessment tools, and other digital content have been created specifically for this course. The seminar, developed in conjunction with Academy in Exile, is open to enrollment for master's and advanced undergraduate students. Preparation and active online participation are required. The Memory and Commemoration courses I and II do not need to be taken in sequence.

Refugee Routes II (Blended Learning Seminar)

In this blended learning seminar, students learn about refugeeism, internal displacement, political exile, and other forms of forced migration in a global context. Students go on to learn about the political, economic, social, and environmental conditions that drive people from their homes, and about the changing conditions for the displaced in host countries. Students gain an understanding of the legal distinctions under international humanitarian law. The seminar investigates the ways in which leaving home and adapting to new circumstances are depicted in various forms of cultural production, including memoirs, films, novels, poetry, and other media. Students enquire into the emotional, psychological, political, and socio-economic consequences of displacement, and uncover qualities of resilience, adaptability, and self-agency. Via the expert testimony of scholars, cultural producers, social workers, human rights activists, refugees and political exiles, students gain further insights into global responses to mass human displacement. Video interviews, presentations, self-assessment tools, and other digital content have been created specifically for this seminar. The seminar has been developed in conjunction with Academy in Exile. Regular preparation and active online and in-presence participation are required to successfully complete the seminar.