Memory politics in war and peace: recent and contemporary cases

Course Dates: 13/06/24
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: Online
Want to think more about the role of memory politics in relation to war and peace? Join this session to get started!
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Memory politics in war and peace: recent and contemporary cases
  • Course Code: RCD32
  • Dates: 13/06/24 - 13/06/24
  • Time: 18:00 - 20:00
  • Taught: Thu, Evening
  • Duration: 1 session
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: Martin Jorgensen

Course Code: RCD32

Thu, eve, 13 Jun - 13 Jun '24

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

-War is not only about realising one’s own objectives and deny the enemy theirs by destroying the will and ability of the enemy to fight. Memory politics is a central if often overlooked element. The Romans destroyed of Carthage to remove it from the histories to be written in the future. Today, our understanding of Carthage still reflects this intentional and colossal destruction of cultural heritage. Currently, we can follow the current politics of memory as embedded in the Russian invasion of Ukraine in daily headlines.

This lecture accompanies the forthcoming Classics Day (RCD61) organised by City Lit in partnership with the British Museum and University College London. This year’s inspiration is the major British Museum exhibition “Legion: Life in the Roman Army”.

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 session will explore cases of memory in war and peace over the past century and today, with the aim of generating awareness of the importance of these often instrumentalised links between past and present.

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

demonstrate some knowledge on the topic of the lecture.

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

Anyone with interest or curiosity for history is welcome to join. No previous knowledge of the subject required.

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

This is a tutor-led lecture, with opportunities to ask questions throughout the session.

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

No other costs. Please bring writing material if you wish to take notes.

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

You will find a list of all the courses offered by City Lit on our website,

Martin Jorgensen

Martin Ottovay Jorgensen is a historian by education (BA, MA and PhD in Denmark and Belgium). As a teacher in higher ediucation and further education, he has taught courses on world and global history; African history, Asian history, imperial and colonial history; the history of international organisations; peace and conflict; global issues and international relations as well as how memory is an active dimension in community-building, society, politics, international relations, conflict as well as corporate branding. At City Lit, Martin heads the Department of History, Politics, Philosophy and Sience and teaches across history and politics. He strives to promote history as a socially relevant way of thinking and to give each class and course a horizon beyond itself. Perhaps more importantly, Martin sees the active promotion of robust historical thinking as a democratic practice of vital importance to both the workings of our democracy and the embracing and valuing our multi-cultural and diverse society.

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