Architecture and Memory
Course description and objectives
Resources and links
Requirements and grading
Who we are
Discussion and debate
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology & the Ancient World
Box 1837 / 60 George Street
Providence, RI 02912
Telephone: (401) 863-3188
Fax: (401) 863-9423
Students are expected to do the weekly readings thoroughly, to participate in the discussion sessions, and to ask relevant questions following the lectures. Every Tuesday, there will be a 50-minute lecture on the weekly theme, followed by questions and discussion. Every Thursday the entire class will be dedicated to seminar discussion on the weekly readings.
The chorus: Starting with Week 3, we will ask 7-8 students to volunteer to act as the chorus for the Thursday discussion. The chorus will constitute the inner circle of discussants who will be responsible to do the weekly readings more carefully than others and be prepared to be very active during that week's discussion. The chorus will meet with the TA the day before the discussion to discuss the important the questions to be brought up the next day. Students who are outside this inner circle of discussants are also invited to intervene to the discussion and contribute but they are expected to respect the dominating role of the chorus. Members of the chorus will write up 1-2 page responses after the discussion and post them on the wiki. It is advisable that you start looking at the weekly topics soon to choose your preferred theme for acting in the chorus. Following each discussion session, the responsible chorus members will post 1-2 page commentaries on the wiki.
Logbook: an intimate record: You will be asked to keep a logbook throughout the semester to keep a consistent and rich documentation of your ideas, thoughts, projects, visual imagery that this class had provoked in your mind. Hard-cover, spiral-bound, 7-10” sketch books are recommended and are available at the bookstore. However you are free (and indeed encouraged to try different formats, or produce the logbook yourself. If you prefer to work digitally, you can substitute the logbook with a weekly kept blog liked to the course wiki. The logbook will be an accumulated product of the whole semester’s work of note-taking, writing, sketching, drawing, cutting-pasting etc, using any kind of media. It will be your own design, your own work of art. It will be reviewed by Ömür and Keffie twice during the semester, once before the spring break and once at the end of the semester. Expected minimum for the content of the logbooks will be the core concepts to be covered in seminar discussions. Keeping the logbook will readily make you well-prepared for the final exam. |
Short paper assignments: You will be asked to write two short (5-6 page) papers during the semester. The deadlines for these papers are on your weekly schedule. The first paper will involve a group work on a "place", or a "monument" in Povidence and the memories attached to it. The topic of the second assignment will be determined later, based on the interests of the class. Most likely it will be based on group projects on a number of memory-related topics that could not be covered in class (due to time limitations).
Final Exam: will most probably be an exam of essay questions, where the major issues discussed throughout the semester.