Politics of Memory and Historical Politics
The study of the use of the Past by contemporary societies is the main content of the course. It includes political use of history, societies' dealing with the traumatic past, and business-like approach to history as a resource. Students will learn concepts "historical memory," "historical politics," "trauma;" the main ways of representation and affirmation of the national narratives of the Past, including historical toponymy, memorials, museums and history textbooks. Special attention is paid to the difficult Russia's approach to its Past. The course will cover major conflicts with historical memory on the international level and inside Russian society.