Genocide and Memory in Comparative Perspectives
The course will provide an overview and analysis of various state-organized acts of violence, examples of ethnic cleansing, genocides and mass murders during the twentieth century. Questions and events in focus will be examined through a coherent conceptual framework and with a strong comparative aspect. The focus of the comparative approach will be the history of the Holocaust, using the Nazi attempt to destroy European Jewry as a main reference point. The analysis will focus on the historical, cultural and social contexts, stressing structural similarities and dissimilarities among the examined events. The final section of the course will explore the spatial, cultural and political memory of the Holocaust and other genocides.
By the end of the course, students will understand the complex genesis and evolution of genocides and mass murders of the 20th century as well as their main characteristics and various temporal and geographical patterns. They will be able to apply a comparative approach in the analysis of the events and have a deeper understanding of their historical and cultural contexts.
- Class attendance and participation in discussions: 50 % of the final grade.
- Term paper: 50 % of the final grade. The paper should be minimum 2500 words (not including bibliography) and should relate to the themes of the course.