How We Remember War & Violence
Source: University of Bath.
How We Remember War and Violence: Theory and Practice, University of Bath, 2018
Our memories of conflict are often used against us. Nationalist movements manipulate the story – offering confrontational, harmful perspectives. But there’s a different way.
This course takes a new approach to remembering, ‘agonistic memory’. You’ll explore how it improves upon the other two models of memory – ‘cosmopolitan memory’ and ‘antagonistic memory’, going on to see how agonistic memory can be used in your own work to relate more accurately to the past.
By the end of this course, you’ll understand how the various models are used today – and will have a new way to look at history.
What topics will you cover?
- What are the different types of memory in Europe today?
- Theoretical and practical examples of antagonistic and cosmopolitan memory.
- What is agonistic memory?
- How has agonistic memory been applied in museums, in education and at sites of mass exhumations?
- Case studies testing an agonistic mode of remembering: a Spanish theatre performance and museum exhibits in Germany and Northern Ireland.
Who is the course for?
The course will be of interest to policymakers who are responsible for funding and coordinating commemorative activities. It would also be of interest to civic organisations in the field of memory and commemoration, and museum professionals – including directors, curators, conservators, and educators.