Course date

9 July - 20 July, 2001
Application deadline
15 February, 2001
Course Director(s): 

Sorin Antohi

History, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Jorn Rusen

Institute of Culture, Essen, Germany
Course Faculty: 

Ewa Domanska

University of Poznan, Poland

Carol Gluck

History, Columbia University, New York, United States of America

Istvan Rev

Open Society Archives, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Hayden White

University of California, Santa Cruz, United States of America
Course Description
Memory and its interaction with history has been at the core of historical studies for several decades, and has generated a fascinating, epistemologically controversial and politically loaded, public debate. The course is designed to present, interpret, and analyze this debate and its starting points. Moreover, the course is intended to contribute to the further training of those historians who already participate in and shape these polemics. While the focus of the course is theoretical and methodological, numerous case studies are closely revisited, ranging from the Holocaust to the Gulag, from genocide and apartheid to ethnic cleansing and transitional justice, from professional history to the politics and cultures of remembering and forgetting. The geographical scope of the course is truly global, encompassing Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
The course provides participants with a comprehensive, critical view of the most recent international debates on the topics it covers. Ideally, the course would become the basis for a longer-term international cooperation, organized around joint research projects. For instance, a collective volume with chapters by the resource persons was prepared starting from a similar course organized by the same directors in 1999. This time, a possible collective volume would include theoretical-methodological contributions by the resource persons, and case studies by selected course participants. It is hoped that the work on a collective volume would generate a longer-term research network.
This is an advanced-level course, offered to young scholars with a proven relevant research and teaching record.