We study the links between memory and poltics in Europe, examining a wide array of cases and subjects, ranging from the significance of the Holocaust for the European Union, the move towards the concept of anti-totalitarianism and competing memories of fascism and communism to the uses of memory for nation-building. We will also examine country-level cases such as the legacy of the Franco regime in Spain and the politicization of memories of the Second World War in Poland and Croatia. We also look critically at memories of colonialism and empire in Europe and analyse the tensions between national and transnational memories.
We will also have at least one guest lecture on a specific case, and we will do a study visit to for instance the House of European History in Brussels. More details will be announced before the course starts.