MA 2. Memories Need to Swim: Mediation, Identity and Myth-making in Latin America

Course lecturers: Dr. Arij Ouweneel and dr. Christien Klaufus
Tel./mail 020 525 3246 /
020 525 3249 /
Period: 1 November – 20 December 2017
Time: Wednesdays 13:00 – 16:00 hours
Course load: 6 EC

This course discusses contemporary myth-making by mnemonic communities in Latin America and traces its components of testimonials and narratives across time and space. Memories are being used to interpret the present and look for a collective future. In the introductory part of the course the approaches are explained and discussed. Next, students will be challenged to explore the workings of memory politics, myth-making and its roots, making use of the insights of cognitive cultural studies and anthropology. Discussing different memory mediators like film, paintings, urban public space, popular art works, urban myths and “fake news”, students engage in the analytic discussion of Latin American contemporary storytelling, identity construction and cultural production.


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