Memory in the Global Age

Module code: ML3016

Module co-ordinator: Dr Christian Morgner

Module Outline

The module examines:

  • The dynamics of mediatised global memory and its relation to transnational politics and justice
  • The central relationship between memory, media and identity in relation to the processes of globalisation
  • The global diffusion of media narratives about key events from the past and their contribution to the development of transnational norms through key case studies such as the Holocaust
  • How different actors mobilise transnational memory in diverse political contestations 

The module will encourage students to question the concept of a mediatised global public sphere and to focus on diverse relations between national and transnational media publics.

Assessment Methods

  • Small group presentation examining a media case study demonstrating the creation and mobilisation of cosmopolitan memory (20%)
  • Critical analysis of political practice implicating transnational memory and justice, 1,500 words (30%)
  • 3,000 word essay assignment requiring sustained original argumentation in relation to theoretical and practical issues within the field of mediated transnational memory (60%)

Set Texts

No set texts. Readings will be prescribed in line with the requirements of the lectures/seminars.

Recommended Background Reading and Additional Resources

The Holocaust and Memory in the Global Age (Levy and Sznaider 2006)

Memory in a Global Age (Assmann and Conrad 2010)