How we remember war and violence

**How We Remember War and Violence: Theory and Practice
**Compare three models of remembering, exploring how the new model of ‘agonistic memory’ can help us better understand conflict.

Consider how we recall war and violence and discover a different way to remember

Our memories of conflict are often used against us. Nationalist movements manipulate the story - offering confrontational, harmful perspectives. But there’s a different way.
This course takes a new approach to remembering, ‘agonistic memory’. You’ll explore how it improves upon the other two models of memory - ‘cosmopolitan memory’ and ‘antagonistic memory’, going on to see how agonistic memory can be used in your own work to relate more accurately to the past.
By the end of this course, you’ll understand how the various models are used today - and will have a new way to look at history.

**What topics will you cover?
**

  • What are the different types of memory in Europe today?
    *** Theoretical and practical examples of antagonistic and cosmopolitan memory.
  • What is agonistic memory?
  • How has agonistic memory been applied in museums, in education and at sites of mass exhumations?
  • Case studies testing an agonistic mode of remembering: a Spanish theatre performance and museum exhibits in Germany and Northern Ireland.

**What will you achieve? **
By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…

  • Identify, describe and compare three models of memory - cosmopolitan, antagonistic and agonistic
  • Evaluate and summarise the shortcomings of antagonistic and cosmopolitan memory
  • Reflect on and debate ‘agonistic remembering’
  • Engage with and discuss applications of agonistic memory in different environments
  • Discuss and develop how you might best apply agonistic memory in your own heritage context

This course was developed as part of the EU funded H2020 ‘Unsettling Remembering and Social Cohesion in Transnational Europe’ (UNREST) project. the online course ran on the FutureLearn website from September 2018-March 2019.

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