Gendering Comparative Genocide and Holocaust Studies

Course Level: 
Master’s
Campus: 
Vienna
Course Open to: 
Remote students
Academic Year: 
2020-2021
Term: 
Fall
US Credits: 
2
ECTS Credits: 
4
Course Description: 

This course is designed for those who want to do research, activism or policy work in the field of Holocaust Studies, genocide prevention and cultural heritage. 20th century has been “a century of wars, global and local, hot and cold” (Catherine Lutz). The course explores the different ways in which genocides are remembered through a gender lens.  Central questions include: What are the gendered effects of war, political violence, and militarization? How have wars, genocide and other forms of political violence been narrated and represented? How do women remember and narrate gendered violence in war? How are post-conflict processes and transitional justice gendered? What is the relationship between testimony, storytelling, and healing? How is the relationship between the “personal” and the “public/national” reconstructed in popular culture, film, literature, and (auto)biographical texts dealing with war, genocide, and other forms of political violence? How are wars memorialized and gendered through monuments, museums, and other memory sites? Besides other case studies, the course will use testimonies from Visual History Archive, from the largest digital collection about the Holocaust, Nanjing Massacre, Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, Armenian Genocide, Guatemalan Genocide, and Cambodian Genocide together with other items from the Open Society Archives (Budapest) to facilitate a comparative, interdisciplinary and gendered analysis.