Special Topics: Commemorative Vigilance

We 2:00PM - 4:55PM / 153 Cathedral of Learning / CRN 30136

Returning after two decades to Nora’s (1996) notion of commemorative vigilance, the course offers an opportunity for participants to examine instances when the urgency of cultural preservation encounters a countervailing urgency of change.  For Eurasian space, such “memory crises,” if we may call them that, might be catalogued as 1917, 1945, 1991, 2008, and 2014.  Their encounters need not be construed as antagonistic (“two camps”), but may instead be co-constituting (invocations of a “truer path”).  Participants are encouraged to examine both state and vernacular texts.  The course is open to students from the humanities and social sciences; no Russian is required. 

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Nancy Condee

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Category C: Cultural Antagonisms and Cultural Crises

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