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History, Memory, Commemoration

Photo of a large group of Acadian men and women dressed in traditional costume, standing in a empty lot forming the number 300, taken in 1951 from Pubnico, Nova Scotia

Students will explore the multitudinous ways individuals and collectivities  imagine, (re)create, perform and relate to their pasts, since the 19th century. This graduate seminar will introduce the major theoretical frameworks of collective memory,  commemoration and memorials, public and institutional history, and other forms of 
collective memory-making, using seminal and recent Canadian case studies. Particular  attention will be given to the major approaches developed over the last thirty years, introducing the most important researchers of this very popular field, also focusing on  ground-breaking techniques and innovative primary sources. The major objective is to  familiarize students with the best studies in the field and prepare them to undertake studies using these principles.

Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6




Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.