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Theorizing Memory: Social and Cultural Remembering - JTM336
Anglický název: Theorizing Memory: Social and Cultural Remembering
Zajišťuje: Katedra ruských a východoevropských studií (23-KRVS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2021
Semestr: letní
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:1/1, Zk [HT]
Počet míst: neurčen / 20 (20)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
4EU+: ne
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst pro virtuální mobilitu: ne
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
při zápisu přednost, je-li ve stud. plánu
Garant: doc. Maria Alina Asavei, D.Phil.
Vyučující: doc. Maria Alina Asavei, D.Phil.
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. Maria Alina Asavei, D.Phil. (24.01.2024)
Theorizing Memory: Social and Cultural Memory

Course General Description:

It is often claimed that "memory is everywhere around us". At the same time the concept of "memory" appears to be used in a variety of contexts in the intersection of psychology, history, sociology, anthropology and cultural studies. This course attempts to critically survey the main theories and practices of social and cultural remembering. As Alon Confino posits, although the richness of memory studies and the topics of inquiry are incontestable broad, the very notion of "memory" seems to be "more practiced than theorized" (Collective Memory and Cultural History: Problems of Method, 1997). We will try to survey and critically examine various empirical and theoretical approaches to memory in social sciences. Who is the carrier of memory?What are the adequate methods of social and cultural memory approach in empirical research? What does it mean to remember something you did not experience firsthand?

Teaching Format: mixture of lecture and seminar
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. Maria Alina Asavei, D.Phil. (24.01.2024)

This course will survey and critically examine various empirical and theoretical approaches to memory in social sciences. By the end of this course students are expected to be familiar with Memory Studies’ terminology and concepts applied to a unique research problem (e.g. witness-post-witness of a troubled history; memory and post-memory of injustice; politics of memory; individual versus collective memory; cosmopolitan memory versus national memory; human rights and politics of memory and so on). Students are expected to analyse various sites of memory and memory events (including but not limited to monuments, commemorative rituals, state-sponsored commemorations, theatrical plays, exhibitions dealing with artistic memory, online platforms of commemoration, sites of memory, memorials and so on)

Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Bc. Sára Lochmanová (31.01.2024)

Course Requirements: Attendance is not optional. Reading of all assigned texts is required. For each text, the presenter will be selected in advance. Presentation and critical discussion of the assigned text should normally last for 20 minutes. The presenter should summarize the main argument and key concepts, identify what is unclear and what should be further investigated and list questions for the following discussion. A final paper (3000 words) closely linked to the issues discussed in the class is required.


Final Grade Distribution:

Class participation 20%

Student Presentation 30%

Final Paper 50%

Final Paper: The final paper can address the following issues: a critical reading of one of the papers discussed in class; A detailed analysis of the site or memory event (including film, monuments, rituals, state-sponsored commemorations, theatrical plays, exhibitions, etc.) practices or sites of memory that relate to a historical event. The final paper should start with a paragraph that provides an overview of the whole paper and end-up with a meaningful conclusion. All your statements must be supported by evidence.




A - "excellent - A"


B - "excellent - B" - "excellent - B"


C - "very good - C" - "very good - C"


D - "very good - D" - "very good - D"


E - "good - E" - "good - E"


F - "failed - F" - "fail - F"


Detiled Description of the Grades;


A - Excellent performance. The student has shown originality and displayed an exceptional grasp of material and deep analytical understanding of the subject.


Good performance. The student has mastered the material, understands the subject well and has shown some originality of thought and / or effort.


C- Fair performance. The student has acquired an acceptable understanding of the material and essential subject matter of the course, but has not succeeded in translating this understanding into consistently creative or original work.


D- Poor. The student has shown some understanding of the material and subject matter covered during the course. The student's work, however, has not shown enough effort or understanding to allow for passing grade in the School Required Courses. It does not qualify as a passing mark for General College Courses and Electives.


F - Fail. The student has not succeeded in mastering the subject matter covered in the course.


For more detail on evaluation system see Dean´s provision  https://www.fsv.cuni.cz/opatreni-dekanky-c-172018aj .

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

Office hours: Wednesday  11.00-12.30  am 


Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. Maria Alina Asavei, D.Phil. (24.01.2024)

Recommended Readings:

Paul Connerton, Cambridge University Press, 1989

Maurice Halbwachs,  On Collective Memory: Chicago University Press, 1992

Barbara A. Misztal,  Theories of Social Remembering, Philadelphia: Open University Press, 2003

James V. Wertsch,  Voices of Collective Remembering, Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002

The Collective Memory Reader  (Jeffrey K. Olick, Verend Vinitzky-Seroussi and Daniel Levy eds.), Oxford University Press, 2011, available online at:  http://booksy.cf/books/The%20Collective%20Memory%20Reader%20 -% 20Olick% 20.pdf

Jeffry Andrew Barash,  Collective Memory and the Historical Past, Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2020

Stefan Berger and Wolf Kansteiner, Agonistic Memory and the Legacy of the 20th Century Wars in Europe, Cham: Palgrave, 2022

Nigel Williams,  Mapping Social Memory, London: Palgrave, 2022



Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. Maria Alina Asavei, D.Phil. (24.01.2024)

Inquiry-based instruction, micro-lectures (20 minutes), students presentations (20 minutes) followed by in-class debates on assigned topics. 

The course will take place in person!

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. Maria Alina Asavei, D.Phil. (24.01.2024)


 Class Schedule:

Week 1: Introduction, Course Expectations, Discussion of Some Basic Theories and Concepts in the Field of Memory Studies, Definitions of Various Types of Memory.

Readings: No Readings

Week 2: The Recent Memory Boom, The Role of Memory in Social Sciences and Theoretical & Methodological Challenges

Required Reading:

Kerwin Lee Klein, "On the Emergence of Memory in the Historical Discourse", Representations , Winter 69, 2000, pp.127-150

Recommended Reading:

Jeffrey K. Olick and Joyce Robbins, "Social Memory Studies: from" Collective Memory "to Historical Sociology of Mnemonic Practices", Annual Review of Sociology , 24, 1998, pp. 105-40 (Jstore)

David Berliner, "The Abuses of Memory: Reflections on the Memory Boom in Anthropology", Anthropological Quarterly , Vol. 1, 2005


Week 3: Social Memory: Individualistic and Collectivistic Understandings of Social Memory.

Required Readings:

Maurice Halbwachs, On Collective Memory , Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1992, 37-51

Jeffrey K. Olick, "From" Collective Memory: The Two Cultures "in The Collective Memory Reader (Jeffrey K. Olick, Verend Vinitzky-Seroussi and Daniel Levy eds.), Oxford University Press, 2011, pp.225-229.

Recommended Reading:

Peter Burke, "History as Social Memory," Memory, History, Culture and the Mind, Oxford, New York: Basil Blackwell, 1989 97-113.

Week 4: Collective Memory and Cultural Remembering

Required Readings:

Alon Confino, "Collective Memory and Cultural History: Problems of Method", American Historical Review , Vol.102, No.5, December, 1997, pp. 1386-1403. Stable URL: http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=00028762%28199712%29102%3A5%3C1386%3ACMACHP%3E2.0.CO%3B2-Y

Jan Assmann, "Collective Memory and Cultural Identity", pp.125-133, available at: http://www.history.ucsb.edu/faculty/marcuse/classes/201/articles/95AssmannCollMemNGC.pdf .

Recommended Readings:

Astrid Erll, "Cultural Memory Studies: An Introduction (Towards and Conceptual Foundation for Cultural Memory Studies)", Cultural Memory Studies: An International and Interdisciplinary Handbook , Astrid Erll and Ansgar Nünning (eds.), Berlin / New York: de Gruyter, 2008, pp. 1-19.


Week 5: Remembering Other People's Memory: Post-memory (mediated memory) in Contemporary Visual Culture


Required Readings:

Marianne Hirsch , " The Generation of Postmemory ", Poetics Today , 29 (1), 2008, s. 103-128, permanent link: http://www.columbia.edu/~mh2349/papers/generation.pdf

Carolina College of Art, Visual and Critical Studies Lectures Series: "The Holocaust Effect in Contemporary Art": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSEwi9CoZ2E

Recommended Reading:

Dora Apel, Memory Effects: The Holocaust and The Art of Secondary Witnessing , Rutgers University Press, 2002 , pp. 43-72

Week 6: The Dialectic Between Nostalgia and Memory (and Forgetting)

 Required Readings:

Svetlana Boym, "Nostalgia and Its Discontents", The Hedgehog Review , 7 (18), permanent link: http://www.iasc-culture.org/eNews/2007_10/9.2CBoym.pdf

Manuela Marin, "Between Memory and Nostalgia: The Image of Communism in Romanian Popular Culture. A Case Study of Libertatea Newspaper", Palimpsest , No.5, December, 2013, available online at: http: //www.transfam.socjologia. uj.edu.pl/documents/32445283/42fed4c0-76ea-405b-b0c9-132b4c74137c ( A CASE STUDY )

Week 7: Transition from National to Cosmopolitan Memory Cultures

Required Readings:

Pierre Nora, "Between Memory and History: Les Lieux de Memoire ", Representation, No.26, (Spring, 1989) 7-24, Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2928520

Daniel Levy and Natan Sznaider, "Memory Unbound: The Holocaust and the Formation of Cosmopolitan Memory", European Journal of Social Theory , 5 (1), 2002, p. 87-106, available online at: http://www2.mta.ac.il/~natan/memory%20unbound.pdf

Week 8: Transmission of Memory

Required Readings:

Jack Goody , " Memory in Oral and Literary Traditions", The Collective Memory Reader (Jeffrey K. Olick, Verend Vinitzky-Seroussi and Daniel Levy eds.), Oxford University Press, 2011, pp.221-224.

Paul Connerton, The Collective Memory Reader (Jeffrey K. Olick, Verend Vinitzky-Seroussi and Daniel Levy eds.), Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 338-343.

Week 9: Memory and Commemoration

Required Readings:

Anna Kaminsky, "Visible Memories-Memorial Sites Commemorating the Victims of Communist Regimes in Central Europe", European Network Remembrance and Solidarity Reading Room , 2011, available online at:


Uilleam Blacker, "Spatial Dialogues and Holocaust Memory in Contemporary Polish Art: Yael Bartana, Rafal Betlejewski and Joanna Rajkowska", Open Arts Journal , Issue 3, Summer 2014, pp. 173-187, available online at:


Week 10: Memory and Politics

Required Readings:

Michael Foucault, "The Movie in Popular Memory: An Interview with Michael Foucault", The Jefferson K. Olick, Verend Vinitzky-Seroussi and Daniel Levy eds., Oxford University Press, 2011, pp.266-267

Maria Mälksoo, 'The Memory Politics of Becoming European: The East European Subalterns and the Collective Memory of Europe', European Journal of International Relations , 15, no. 4, 2009, s. 653-680

Available online at: http://www.memoryatwar.org/pdf/malksoo_ejir_dec_2009-1.pdf

Week 11: Critical Evaluation of Collective Memory Studies: Theoretical and Methodological Challenges

Required Readings:

Wulf Kansteiner , " Finding Meaning in Memory: A Methodological Critique of Collective Memory Studies, History and Theory, Vol. 41, No.2, (May, 2002), pp. 179-197 (Jstor)"

Recommended Reading:

Susan Sontag, The Regarding Of Pain Of Others , Picador, 2004


Week 12:

Concluding Remarks, Discussions on Final Papers


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