Memory Sites and Human Rights (GCHumanRights)

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Memory Sites and Human Rights (GCHumanRights)
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The course is open to participants from all over the world who are actively interested and motivated to learn more about human rights; history; memory; past, present and future challenges; transitional justice; truth and reconciliation.
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Memory Sites and Human Rights (GCHumanRights)
Why and how do we remember past atrocities and human rights violations? What is the role of memory sites in social reconstruction, transitional justice and democratisation? How do memory sites shape communities, societies, identities and nations? This MOOC examines the role of memory sites in their crucial interplay with historical trauma, the reconciliation process, the chosen methods for dealing with the past, as well as with nation building dynamics and the shaping of societal identity.

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As witnesses and testimonies of abuse and horror, memory sites aspire to build reflection, teaching and learning, critical memory and non-repetition. Memory is dynamic and constantly evolving, so memory sites function as places where to look at the past to better understand and shape the present and the future of a society and its approach to human rights. As “sites of conscience” drawing on history lessons, memory sites stimulate dialogue and healing, and inspire citizens’ action.




Course Outline


The course is articulated in three modules:

- Module 1 focuses on the conceptual framework behind memory sites. Starting from a reflection on why and what is important to remember, it then moves to discuss how memories are shaped and who is involved in 'building memory'. It will show the linkage between history, memory and human rights and the role of memorialization in reconciliation and social reconstruction.

- Module 2 focuses on the conceptual framework behind memory sites. Starting from a reflection on why and what is important to remember, it then moves to discuss how memories are shaped and who is involved in 'building memory'. It will show the linkage between history, memory and human rights and the role of memorialization in reconciliation and social reconstruction.

- Module 3 will focus on the aspects related to the 'design' of memory sites, thus dealing with format and content, use of testimonials and symbolic resources, artistic language and types of institutional approaches, stressing the artistic contextualization vis-à-vis the visitors' reactions and empathetic sentiments for past atrocities and abuses.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, participants will gain:

- Understanding of the interconnection and interdependence between history, memory, art and human rights

- Knowledge of "symbolic reparation" as part of the mechanisms of transitional justice and its contribution to the processes of reconciliation and democratisation

- Awareness about the relational complexity of actors involved in creation of memory sites in diverse political and cultural context

- Awareness of the role of ethnicity, religion and gender in the memorialization process

Knowledge of the influence of memory sites in shaping communities, identities, societies and nations

- Awareness of the problems and challenges in creating memory sites

- Knowledge of the "sites of conscience", their educational benefits and effects for contemporary human rights issues

- Insights of the role of artistic language and institutional design on memorialization, democratisation and justice



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Free Course
The course is open to participants from all over the world who are actively interested and motivated to learn more about human rights; history; memory; past, present and future challenges; transitional justice; truth and reconciliation.

MOOC List is learner-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.