1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly 1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
Enrolment not permitted
WMST8012 has been successfully completed
Associated majors: History; Women's Studies
This topic investigates the importance of memories and other representations of the past in the present. It investigates the various ways that the past is remembered, and forgotten, and examines the processes of seeking, communicating and interpreting memory. The topic focuses on the ways in which memorialising practices are shaped by competing contemporary discourses, with particular emphasis on the place of the politics of race, gender and sexuality in informing national identities and other forms of belonging. It also includes an exploration of the status of personal testimonies in contexts including historical research, the media and the law. Australian issues form the core material to be considered but debates about other nations' pasts will also be discussed. Case studies may include ANZAC, colonial frontiers, Lindy Chamberlain, the Stolen Generations, AIDS, homosexual histories, abortion, the Japanese 'comfort women' in World War Two and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission
This topic aims to:
Introduce students to the area of memory studies and the ways in which memories are key in constructing not only personal but also collective and national presents
Introduce students to the diversity of ways in which memories of the past are carried and their always contested nature, including examinations of indigenous memories in Australia and other settler-colonial nations
Focus on the ways that memories are central in the creation of gendered, raced and sexualised individual subjects and collectivities
Introduce students to a wide range of case studies that suggests the importance of the practices of memory and memorialisation, and the issues of ethics and politics these speak to, in Australia and inselected other locations
Consolidate students' oral and written communication skills
Foster an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation that encourages students to both learn through collaboration and to become independent and critical thinkers.
Expected learning outcomes
Students successfully completing this topic should be able to:
demonstrate knowledge of multiple interpretations of several historical events, including those of indigenous individuals and groups in settler-colonial nations
demonstrate familiarity with several key debates about the past and its relationship to the present and the political and ethical issues they raise
demonstrate familiarity with some contemporary theories and debates about the place of memory in constructing individual and collective narratives which shape understandings of the present
critically assess representations of the past, with particular attention to the ways in which ideas about gender, race and sexuality, play a part in shaping memories and shaping individual and collective identities
demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills
learn through collaboration and independent inquiry
demonstrate the ability to apply theories and conceptual frameworks that draw from a range of discipline.
Key dates and timetable
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