SubjectsSubjects(version: 953)
Course, academic year 2023/2024
   Login via CAS
The Twentieth Century in European Memory: Themes and Approaches in Contemporary European Memory Studies - JTM650
Title: The Twentieth Century in European Memory: Themes and Approaches in Contemporary European Memory Studies
Czech title: Dvacáté století v evropské paměti: témata a přístupy v současných evropských memory studies
Guaranteed by: Department of Russian and East European Studies (23-KRVS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2023
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 6
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:1/1, Ex [HT]
Capacity: 20 / unknown (25)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: yes
Virtual mobility / capacity: yes / unlimited
Key competences: 4EU+ Flagship 2
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: prof. PhDr. Kateřina Králová, Ph.D., M.A.
Mgr. Rose Smith
Teacher(s): prof. PhDr. Kateřina Králová, Ph.D., M.A.
Mgr. Rose Smith
Class: Courses for incoming students
Contested memories and painful pasts regularly re-appear in the Europan public sphere on transnational, national, and regional levels. The war in Ukraine as well as the Hamas terrorist attacks against Israel and Israel fighting back, but also the recent experience with global pandemics have instigated a new wave of memory themes and disputes. Various memory narratives have been lately activated for numerous purposes, explaining warfare, justifying various politics, attempting to explain ongoing events, bolstering identities, and mobilizing for political positioning or activism. In this sense, the course will focus specifically on memories of care, and welfare in a broad sense both disciplinary (including, e.g., history, sociology, psychology, literature, arts, and heritage) and topics-wise (such as well-being now and then, Balkans, Holocaust, current wars) asking why we need memory and memory studies, and what kinds of roles does memory play in contemporary Europe.

Last update: Smith Rose, Mgr. (01.02.2024)
Aim of the course

The course introduces the main concept and approaches within memory studies relating them to reflect on care and welfare. Drawing on case studies from different European countries and regions, the course explores different ways of remembering Europe’s complicated past and investigates how these forms of remembering influence life, politics and culture across contemporary Europe. 

The aim of this course is to historicize the organization of care and welfare at national and transnational levels, to examine the transformative processes that have shaped the landscape of care in Europe and beyond, and to study the memories associated with these institutions, as well as the (collective) memory making processes that are fostered within them.

The course will take place in a virtual format with online lectures and seminars taught by top academic experts in the field of Memory Studies from 4EU+ partner universities and the COST Action Slow Memory. Each session, except the Introduction and Wrap-up which are solely for students enrolled in the class, consists of an expert talk and Q&A and is a live stream. The recordings serve exclusively as an internal project archive.

Last update: Smith Rose, Mgr. (27.02.2024)
Course completion requirements


Active participation in all sessions online: 50 %

Students are expected to attend each session at its full length. They can miss one class without prior justification and one additional class with relevant justification (illness, serious personal reasons, attendance of an extraordinary event related to the study program). A higher number of missed classes can be the reason for failing the course. During the seminar, students should actively input thoughts from personal reflections and reading.


Argumentative essay: 50 % 

2,500-3,000 words on a subject related to the course, including a bibliography (consisting of at least 8 scholarly publications) and proper references either in Harvard or Chicago style. Essay to be submitted via Moodle by May 31, 2024.
(More info in Moodle)



A: 100-91%; B: 90-81%; C: 80-71%; D: 70-61%; E: 60-51%; F (failed): 50% or less

Note: It is necessary to achieve at least 50% in both main activities, the exam and the presentation.

More in SMĚRNICE S_SO_002: Organizace zkouškových termínů, kontrol studia a užívání klasifikace A–F na FSV UK.


Last update: Smith Rose, Mgr. (27.02.2024)
Teaching methods

Online seminar

Last update: Lochmanová Sára, Bc. (31.01.2024)

Preliminary course plan, one online session per week (80 minutes):

ATTENTION: This course is starting only in March 2024!


You may also find the syllabus with the descriptions of each case study here.

06.03.2024: Why do we need memory studies?

13.03.2024: Roundtable discussion: “What do we mean by Slow Memory?” 

20.03.2024: Czechoslovak Aid to Child Refugees from Greece 

27.03.2024: Post-Communist Memories of State Welfare and Care in Museums 

03.04.2024: Cultural memories, circulation, and reception 

10.04.2024: Virtual memories underground: The case of bunker architecture 

17.04.2024: More or less of a care? Ukrainian discourse on the current war and the collective memory of the Second World War and the Holocaust 

24.04.2024: Memory between reparation and prevention. How the memory of extreme violence can be seen as a form of cure for societies.

15.05.2024: A glorious square of colour in a drab world: Memorialising a mental health day centre through participatory methodologies 

22.05.2024: Making Memory Work for People Experiencing Mental Suffering: Arts-based Practices of Memory in Argentinian Mental Health Care 

29.05.2024: Wrap-up Session


Last update: Smith Rose, Mgr. (28.02.2024)
Entry requirements

Initial recommendations for course participants: 

English at least B1/B2

Last update: Lochmanová Sára, Bc. (31.01.2024)
Charles University | Information system of Charles University |