LET-GESM4301
Historiography and Theory: Culture, Memory and Cultural Memory
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-GESM4301
Credits (ECTS)10
Category-
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; History;
Lecturer(s)
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Lecturer
dr. S. Boodts
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Lecturer
dr. L. Foubert
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Contactperson for the course
dr. N. de Haan
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Examiner
dr. N. de Haan
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Coordinator
dr. N. de Haan
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Academic year2019
Period
PER 1  (31/08/2019 to 01/11/2019)
Starting block
PER 1
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
By the end of the course, students:
  • will have gained knowledge of the cultural significance of the Mediterranean throughout the ages, and of the theory and historiography related to this;
  • know how to analyse a historical debate on the appropriation of the Mediterranean by rulers in different geographical regions and in different chronological periods, and to form an opinion on the various points of view;
  • know how to identify and contextualize the continued effects of the various perceptions of the Mediterranean as a political, religious and cultural centre, from antiquity onwards.
Content
This core course within our Master’s specialisation offers in-depth examinations of theoretical frameworks and concepts that are crucial for our understanding of the Mediterranean in a diachronic perspective, from early antiquity until the late medieval period. The diachronic angle allows the students to gain insight in the continuities and transformations that are essential for our understanding of the region. Focussing on (political) culture and cultural memory, we will discuss processes such as cultural transfer, (state) religion, power and ideology, as well as mechanisms of identity formation and conflicts with a formative impact within the area under discussion. The programme’s overarching approach of the Mediterranean, in both a geographical and a chronological sense, allows for comparisons within the Greco-Roman world, and between the Greco-Roman world and its successors in the West (e.g. the Carolingian Empire) and the East (e.g. the Byzantine Empire or the Islamic Caliphates). Thus, this course lays the foundation for other courses within the MA-programme, including the students own research projects.
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Presumed foreknowledge

Test information

Specifics

Required materials
Articles
Title:Series of articles (to be announced)

Instructional modes
Seminar

Tests
Take-home Exam
Test weight100
Test typeTake-home test
OpportunitiesBlock PER 1, Block PER 2

Minimum grade
5,5