This course explores the politics of cultural memory in the aftermath of the atrocities of the 20th and 21st centuries. Theories of memory, trauma, performance and activism emerging from work on the Holocaust, the dictatorships and neo-liberal violence in Latin America and the post 9/11 US will inform our analysis of photography, multi-media art works, testimony projects and performances, as well as museums, memorials, and street actions. We will ask what role the arts play in combatting the erasure of past violence from current memory and in creating new political visions and new histories for future generations. And we will look particularly at the role of gender and social difference on the workings of power and resistance. At the same time, we will probe the limits of comparative, multi-directional and connective approaches to memory politics and political action.

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