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War and remembrance

Language of instruction: English

About the module: This module is about the way we remember war, how this memory is produced and for which political, ideological and other goals it is generated. How does 'collective memory' relate to experience, historiography and (national) identity?

Fortunately, few of us have experienced war and warfare first hand. Perhaps your grandparents have and they may have given oral accounts of 'the old days'. However, what we know or think we know about war is most likely to be the product of media such as war movies, novels, images, museums, memorials and commemorative rituals.

In this module we will look at several important armed conflicts of the wider 20th Century, such as the First and Second World War, the Indonesian War of Independence and the Vietnam War. We will analyse the way they have been remembered through the prism provided by various media. You will be familiarised with some basic concepts and issues in Cultural Memory Studies, and you will start your own research in a case of cultural memory from your own country, background or area of study, and write an academic paper on your findings.

Lecturer: Dr. Thijs Brocades Zaalberg, is a military historian, who teaches and writes on colonial warfare, counter-insurgency and peace operations. His research concentrates on the nexus between the military and civil authorities in crisis and conflict.

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