Participating Faculty: Robin Zheng and Vanessa Lam
Project Duration: Sunday, 1 October to Saturday, 7 October
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel famously wrote that “Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.” What is the form of this collective memory? What makes it more than the sum of the memories we carry around in our heads? And just who are “we,” anyway? For that matter, who am “I”?
In this course, we will explore issues of memory and identity, and their linkage through narrative(s). Identities are generated out of narratives, and narratives are generated out of memories – on both the collective and individual level. We will investigate the way processes of memory-making and narrative construction contribute to identity formation (e.g. national identity and history, biological foundations of memory), as well as how failures of memory and alternative narratives (e.g. after trauma and death, Alzheimer’s and dementia, erasures of history) lead to contestations of identity.
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