Week 1. (January 22) Introduction
Thursday The architecture of remembering: overview of the semester.
Week 2. (January 27-29) MOVE: Embattled sites of history and trauma
Tuesday Lecture: Buildings that tell the story: ancient, medieval and modern...
- Hugo, Victor; 1978 (1831). "This will kill that" in Notre Dame de Paris. Trans. John Sturrock. Penguin 1978, 188-202. (In the E-book, please go to p. 191 and read till 206).
Thursday Discussion: MOVE: site of trauma and memory
- Dickson, Johannah Saleh; 2002. MOVE: Sites of trauma. Pamphlet Architecture 23. Princeton: Princeton Architectural Press.
- Wagner-Pacifici, Robin; 1994. Discourse and Destruction: The City of Philadelphia versus MOVE. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Week 3. (February 3-5) Modern Cult of Monuments and Memorials
- Reigl, Alois; 1982 (1903). “The modern cult of monuments: its character and origin,” (Tr. K. W. Forster and D. Ghirardo) Oppositions 25 (1982), 21-50.
- Forty, Adrian; 2001. "Introduction" in The Art of Forgetting. Adrian Forty, Susanne Küchler (eds.) Berg Publishers, 1-18.
- Harbison, Robert; 1992. "Monuments" in The built, the unbuilt and the unbuildable, 37-66.
- Nelson, Robert S. and Margaret Olin; 2003. "The rhetoric of monument making: the World Trade Center," in Monuments and memory: made and unmade, 305-325.
- Gutman, Yifat; 2009. "Where do we go from here: The pasts, presents and futures of Ground Zero," Memory Studies 2: 55-70.
Week 4. (February 10-12) Sharing the past: Collective memory:
- Connerton, Paul; 1989. "Introduction" and "Social memory" in How societies remember. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1-40.
- Assmann, Jan; 2006. "What is cultural memory?" in Religion and cultural memory. Translated by Rodney Livingstone. Stanford CA: Stanford University Press, 1-30.
February 14-17 Long-weekend
Week 5. (February 19) Archaeologies of Memory: Presence of the Past:
No class on Tuesday (Long weekend)
Thursday: Short Paper Assignment 1 due
- Alcock, Susan E.; 2002. "Archaeologies of Memory" in Archaeologies of the Greek Past: landscape, monuments and memories, 1-35.
- Van Dyke, Ruth M. & Susan E. Alcock; 2003. “Archaeologies of memory: an introduction,” in Archaeologies of memory. Ruth M. Van Dyke & Susan E. Alcock (eds.); Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 1-13.
- Schnapp, Alain "Archaeology and the presence of the past" in The discovery of the past. New York: Harry N. Abrams Publishers, 11-37.
- Meskell, Lynn; 2007. "Back to the future: From the past in the present to the past in the past," in Negotiating the past in the past, 215-226.
Week 6. (February 24-26) Babylonian archaeologists of the Mesopotamian past
- Brothman, Brien; 2001. "The Past that Archives Keep: Memory, History, and the Preservation of Archival Records" Archivaria 51: 48-80.
- Jonker, Gerdien; 1995. "Continuity and change in Ebabbar of Sippar" in The topography of remembrance: the dead, tradition and collective memory in Mesopotamia. Leiden: Brill, 153-176.
- Winter, Irene J.; 2000. “Babylonian archaeologists of the(ir) Mesopotamian past,” in Proceedings of the First International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East. P. Matthiae et al (eds.); Università degli studi di Roma “La Sapienza,” Roma, 1785-1789.
- Beaulieu, Paul-Alain; 1994. “Antiquarianism and the concern for the past in the Neo-Babylonian period,” Bulletin of the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies 28: 37-42.
Week 7. (March 3-5) Landscapes of Greece: monuments and memorable places
Guest: Sue Alcock
- Alcock, Susan E.; 2002. Archaeologies of the Greek Past: landscape, monuments and memories. Cambridge University Press.
- Davis, Jack L.; 2007. "Memory groups and the state: Erasing the past and inscribing the present in the landscapes of the Mediterranean and the Near East," in Negotiating the past in the past, 227-256.
Week 8. (March 10-12) Iconoclasm: destruction as performance of memory.
- Latour, Bruno; 2002. "What is iconoclash? Or is There a World Beyond the Image Wars?" in Iconoclash: Image Wars in Science, Religion and Art. Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel (eds.). The MIT Press, 14-37.
- Elsner, Jaś; 2003. "Iconoclasm and the preservation of memory," in Monuments and memory, made and unmade, 209-232.
- Crawford, Catherine Lyon; 2007. "Collecting, defacing, reinscribing (and otherwise performing) memory in the ancient world," in Negotiating the past in the past, 215-226.
Week 9. (March 17-19) Memory of stones: technology, materials and the weathering of buildings
- Mustafavi, Mohsen and David Leatherbarrow; 1993. On Weathering: The Life of Buildings in Time. MIT Press.
March 21-29 Spring break
Week 10. (March 31-April 2) Spolia: use, re-use and abuse of the architectural fragment from Byzantium to Berlin wall
Guest: Sheila Bonde
- Van der Hoorn, Mèlanie; 2003. "Exorcising remains: Architectural Fragments as Intermediaries between History and Individual Experience," Journal of Material Culture 8/2: 189-213.
- Papalexandrou, Amy; 2003. "Memory tattered and torn: spolia in the heartland of Byzantine Hellenism," in Archaeologies of memory 56-80.
- Elsner, Jaś; 2000. "From the culture of spolia to the cult of relics: The Arch of Constantine and the genesis of Late Antique forms," Papers of the British School at Rome 68: 149-84.
- Kinney, Dale; 2006. "The concept of Spolia," in A Companion to Medieval Art: Romanesque and Gothic in Northern Europe. C. Rudolph (ed.) Oxford, 233-52.
Week 11. (April 7-9) Ruins: abandoned places, haunted memories
- Harbison, Robert; 1992. "Ruins" in The built, the unbuilt and the unbuildable, 99-130.
- Edensor, Tim; 2005. Industrial ruins : spaces, aesthetics, and materiality. Oxford ; New York : Berg.
- Trigg, Dylan; 2009. "The place of trauma: Memory, hauntings, and the temporality of ruins," Memory Studies 2009 2: 87-101.
Week 12. (April 14-16) Ayodhya: the contested place of memory, history, identity, violence
Thursday: Short Paper assignment 2 due
- Guha-Thakurta. 2003. “Archaeology and the monument: an embattled site of history and memory in contemporary India,” in Monuments and Memory, 59-81.
- Bernbeck, Reinhard and Susan Pollock; 1996. “Ayodha, archaeology and identity,” Current Anthropology 37: 138-142.
- Ratnagar, Shereen 2004. "Archaeology at the heart of a political confrontation: the case of Ayodhya," Current Anthropology 45/2: 239-259.
- Shaw, Julia; 2000. "Ayodhya's sacred landscape: ritual memory, politics and archaeological fact," in Antiquity 74: 693-700.
Week 13. (April 21-23) Cities of memory, urban space and heritage: the case of post-civil war Beirut
- Makdisi, Saree; "Beirut, a City without History?" in Memory and violence in the Middle East and North Africa. Ussama Makdisi and Paul A. Silverstein (eds.). Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 201-214.
- el-Dahdah, Fares; 1998. "On Solidere's Motto, 'Beirut: Ancient City of the Future'" and Kabbani, Oussama; 1998. "Public Space as Infrastructure: The Case of the Postwar Reconstruction of Beirut," in Projecting Beirut. Peter Rowe and Hashim Sarkis (eds). Munich: Prestel. pp. 68-82; 240-259.
- Khalaf, Samir; 2006. "On collective Memory, Central space and National Identity\", Heart of Beirut: reclaiming the Bourj. London: Saqi Books.
- Naccache, A.F.H.; 1998. "Beirut's memorycide: hear no evil,see no evil," in Archaeology Under Fire. Lynn Meskell (ed.). Routledge: New York
Week 14. (April 28) Architecture of Memory: wrap-up discussion
Final exam: May 11, Monday 9 am Wilson Hall 101 (assigned by the Registrar).