Collective memory and Covid 19

Course Dates: 17/07/21 - 18/07/21
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: Online
What is collective memory and how is it transmitted? This workshop by Anita Kasabova explores how collective memory impacts our personal experience. Participants are invited to share their experience of COVID-19 as first-hand views of a collective memory in the making.
This course may include content that some learners may find of a sensitive or challenging nature.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £30.00

Course Code: HP189

Sat-Sun, day, 17 Jul - 18 Jul '21

Duration: 2 sessions

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What is the course about?

What becomes fixed in our own memory are not just facts, but beliefs and attitudes from the past which are passed down from our family and ethnic community. Students will become familiar with the current discussion around two types of transpersonal and intergenerational memory. We will look into philosophical theories of collective memory and recent research on epigenetic memory. However, collective memory can also be experienced directly, and our current experience of living through a pandemic is an example of a collective memory in the making. Can we make shared meanings of our individual experiences and our personal interpretations of those experiences? Participants are invited to share their experiences of COVID-19 and their memories of 2020 as first-person insights into unprecedented times, bearing witness to history-in-the-making. We will use a semiotic method to map the meanings of COVID-19 in our workshop.
This course may include content that some learners may find of a sensitive or challenging nature.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

This 2-day workshop is divided into two parts: in part 1, we will explore theories of collective memory, some examples of collective memory, and recent research on epigenetic memory. While philosophers examine how we relate to our past through collective memory, scientists investigate how trauma is passed down generations through epigenetic modifications of our DNA. We will also discuss memorials, their relation to collective memory and how collective memory can be transformed. In part 2, participants can share their personal experiences of the pandemic, as both witnesses to and characters in a collective memory which will be transmitted to future generations. The tutor will facilitate discussion of first-hand experiences, using a semiotic method to map the meanings of COVID-19, while looking at the changes brought about by the pandemic and how they affected us, and may affect those who come after us. Participants are welcome to write down their personal memories of 2020 and the tutor will provide feedback.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Understand and discuss key concepts of collective memory and epigenetic memory.
• Think critically on theories of collective memory.
• Discuss and evaluate approaches to – and examples of – collective memory.
• Develop your own account of collective memory and how we communicate about our collective past.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory workshop, and no prior knowledge is required. The tutor will use a flexible approach to meet students’ needs.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This is a live online workshop and will run in a seminar format. The tutor will give an initial presentation, followed by Q&A and open discussion. Between the two sessions, students have an opportunity to work on their own narratives which we will then discuss in the second session. The power-point presentation and other materials will be available for personal study.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

None. Bring a pen/pencil & notebook, and a sense of curiosity for exploring collective memory.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

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