Collective memory and Covid 19

Course Dates: 17/07/21 - 18/07/21
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: Online
How does a collective memory come about? What will we remember of the corona pandemic? This workshop by Anita Kasabova explores the role of memory in the time of Covid-19. Participants are invited to share their experience 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?

“There have been as many plagues as wars in history; yet always plagues and wars take people equally by surprise.” (Camus). We will examine why previous pandemics have left little trace in collective memory and discuss questions such as: ‘When does remembrance of fateful events begin?’ or: ‘Is there a ‘corona-time-regime’ marked by new social rhythms’? We will look into collective memory as a bottom-up process: will there be a generational memory of Covid-19? Has the virus made us re-evaluate how we should live? Or will its memory fade if we ‘go back to normal’? We will also look at how testimonies and memorials tell the story of a collective. Participants are invited to share their experiences of COVID-19 and their memories of 2020 as first-person insights, bearing witness to history-in-the-making. We will use a semiotic method to map some of the meanings and interpretations of COVID-19.
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 discuss theories of collective memory relevant for exploring how pandemics are remembered, such as Aleida Assmann’s work on social and collective memory. Students will become familiar with the two-step process of collective memory: bottom-up and top-down. We will also look at current views on how pandemics are remembered or forgotten.
In part 2, participants can share their personal experiences of the pandemic, as eye-witnesses of a collective memory in the making. 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 it has highlighted the need for new social structures. 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.
• Think critically on how pandemics are remembered or forgotten.
• Discuss and evaluate approaches to – and examples of – collective memory and pandemics.
• 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?

You might be interested in Philosophy and memory (HP154) starting in January 2022. Please see our website for up-to-date information about all philosophy courses.

We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.