Week 7 LAB Projects 2017

Poland: Awakening in the Silence

Participating Faculty: Nirmali Fenn and Jassy Husk

Project Duration: Wednesday, September 27 to Saturday, October 7


  • This Week 7 departs on Tuesday, September 26. Students will need to return early from vacation and should plan on having preparatory work done before the trip.
  • This Week 7 will require a student co-pay of S$1,600. (Financial aid and merit grants are available. Please do not let finances deter you from participating).
  • Summary
  • Itinerary
  • Readings

Course Summary:

This course is dealing with the concept of memorial silence. Due to WWII’s scarring of Poland, the country’s scape is marked by memorial sites that reference historical consciousness. Kraków, the former capital city of the Republic of Poland will be used as our base and from it, this course will explore Auschwitz I, II, III and the Bochnia Salt Mine, one of the oldest salt mines in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The sites of memory that we are visiting for this course are constructed and self-reflexive sites “in which a residual sense of continuity remains”, and they have a material, functional and symbolic dimension. In general, this course poses three fundamental questions: How reverberative is Memory? Is Silence a discursive tool? Is Silence a tool for making things resonate?


Partner Organisations:

Centre for Holocaust Studies, Jagiellonian University

Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University

Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

The Order of St. Clare, St. Andrew’s Church Kraków

Centre for Dialogue and Prayer, Oświęcim

Bochnia Salt Mine

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