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PLAI 400: Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Humanities

Memory, Place, and Power


Instructors: Ben Forest (Geography) and Juliet Johnson (Political Science)

PLAI 400 Syllabus

This interdisciplinary class explores the relationships among memory, politics and place. It is divided into two sections. The first section introduces key classical, Enlightenment, and contemporary texts on memory and place-making. The second section uses these ideas to examine changes in public space under postcommunist regimes in East Europe and the former Soviet Union, focusing on official attempts to re-imagine these countries' contested recent histories and on public responses to these efforts.