Universität Wien

240517 SE Memory, Art and Notions of Justice (P4) (2020W)

Continuous assessment of course work

Participation at first session is obligatory!

The lecturer can invite students to a grade-relevant discussion about partial achievements. Partial achievements that are obtained by fraud or plagiarized result in the non-evaluation of the course (entry 'X' in certificate). The plagiarism software 'Turnitin' will be used for courses with continuous assessment.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Attention! Change to Distance Learning!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this course takes place only ONLINE, there will be no on-site teaching.
Online-Attendance at class hours is required and has to be noted on Moodle.
If you experience technical difficulties with your online participation, please contact Mag. Alexander Meitz for support.
Register for courses/exams via u:space, find out about the current status on u:find and on the moodle learning platform.

Wednesday 14.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 28.10. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 11.11. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 25.11. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 09.12. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 13.01. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 20.01. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This seminar examines selected issues of anthropology in relation to memory and justice and the role of art in these contexts. We engage with key issues such as the body and its physical experience, the embodiment of individual and collective memory, as well as memory as a cultural, social and trans-generational field of contestation. Furthermore, we discuss art as an active participant and form of representation in these debates. We also engage with memory in relation to place, buildings and monuments and analyse how such expressions connect with notions of justice and truth and how they diffuse and actively change public space. Last but not least we look at ourselves and reflect on the role of anthropologists and questions of ethics in this complex web of interactions.

The seminar is based on everyone’s active participation. In each class students are introduced to seminal readings and core analytical approaches. The course makes use of interactive and peer group discussions, short impulse presentations as well as audio-visual and other materials in each session. The goal of this seminar is to enable students to carry out their own research within the field of memory and justice.

Assessment and permitted materials

Continuous assessment.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

This course takes place online, with live online delivery and supported by the moodle learning platform.

Collective exchange of ideas, collaboration in peer groups and intensive discussion based on recommended readings (15%), short presentations with handout (20%), concept paper for final essay (15%), final essay (approx. 3000 words, excl. footnotes and bibliography) (50%).

Delivery of final paper: 28.02.2021

Examination topics

The assessment load is constituted by notions, concepts and approaches that were presented, examined and debated in the course as well as the discussed ethnographic case studies; all work done by the participants, whether collectively or independently.

Reading list

Recommended readings and further materials are established within the class.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Fr 12.05.2023 00:21