Terrorscapes in Postwar Europe


Course Objective

By studying specific case studies (European lieux de mémoire, museums
and heritage sites) students will get acquainted with the ins and outs
of terrorscapes

Course Content

After 9/11 the ‘War on Terror’ peaked on the international political
agenda. However the standard measure still is the Nazi-terror during
Worldwar II, as is shown in the so called Stockholm-declaration (2000)
that laid the foundation for the consensus among western political
leaders for the acknowledgement of the Holocaust as the basis for
postwar human rights. But how deep is this consensus? In many new EU-
nations which entered in 2004 the iconic status of Auschwitz competes
with other ‘traumascapes’ and ‘terrorscapes’ that refer to their postwar
communist ‘occupations’ from before 1989 and the ethnic conflicts thast
followed, like the war in former Joegoslavia. How do these ‘contested
memories’ relate within European space, and which memory wars are being
fought on specific places? These and other questions about the dynamics
of memories and the ‘politics of forgetting’ will be scrutinised by

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment


Entry Requirements

bachelors bachelor in history, geography, archaeology, architectural
history and studies that have a relation to heritage matters


will be explained at the start of the course

Target Audience

master students VU-departments Art and Culture; Antiquity; History.
International Heritage Master students

Additional Information

Attending lectures mandatory.

General Information

Course Code L_AAMAERF005
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator prof. dr. R. van der Laarse
Examiner prof. dr. R. van der Laarse
Teaching Staff prof. dr. R. van der Laarse

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture
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