International Blended Seminar: ‘War in European Memory’

International Blended Learning Seminar: War in European Memory

International Blended Learning Seminar: War in European Memory

16 October – 15 December 2023 | Online + onsite workshop

Credits: 7 ECs. NB: Credits can only be awarded to humanities ReMA and PhD students from Dutch universities.

Registration deadline: 9 October 2023

For info on registration, please contact Dr. László Munteán ( Application
deadline: midnight, 9 October 2023.

This international MA seminar with participants from Lucerne, Paris, Cologne, Berlin, Nijmegen, and Warsaw focuses on the analysis of practices and narratives of memory in Europe with regard to war. The construction, public usage – politics of history – contestation, and transformation of memory of wars over time will be approached by fusing concepts of memory studies and public history, focusing on different agents in the public sphere, especially museums, commemoration sites, monuments, art, and the media (including social media). Against the background of approaches of memory studies (practices, narratives, affects of memory), the seminar aims at an in depth analytical perspective on past and present constructions of European memories of war and their complex relation to national (and regional) memories. In this perspective, a focus on the present war in Ukraine will be integrated with an eye on how memory is used and produced.

This international seminar presents a unique opportunity for the collaboration of students from a variety of European countries. Apart from online and live sessions, the exchange of ideas, reflection on texts, and analysis of primary sources in small international groups are key elements of the seminar. Working in small groups, students will produce short projects (for example, blog posts, online live presentations, videos, podcasts, etc.).

The seminar will consist of weekly online sessions between mid-October and mid-December, 2023 (dates will be announced in late August). The online seminar will be followed by a two-day workshop (site and time will be defined before the beginning of the semester) with participation on a voluntary basis.

  • English is the main language of communication.
  • Participants are in principle MA students but Ph.D. students are also welcome.
  • Modes of teaching and communication:
    – online lectures and group discussions once a week in the evening
    – collaborative work in groups with outputs in various possible formats (live presentations, videos, podcasts)
    – a two-day workshop (trip and accommodation financed)
  • OSL students will acquire 7 ECTS through active participation and completing all the course-related assignments, including a final paper (approx. 4000 words) on a
    topic to be negotiated with the instructors.