European Heritage and Identity
This course addresses European integration, heritage and identity and the role of institutions and economic processes for European identity building. You will learn to analyse current European processes with political as well as social perspectives, and gain a thorough understanding of Europe’s historical past.
This course addresses current processes of integration and disintegration in Europe, and the notion of the European today and in a historical context. Heritage and identity are closely linked to issues of politics and economics. The course relates various notions of what it means to be “European” to other identities, and analyzes the creation of history and memory within European institutions.
We pursue a historical perspective, where the first formulations of European as an identity, and myths on the European are scrutinized.
We continue over the rise of nationalisms and into the present-day building of narratives and an institutionalized European political landscape. Our object of study is the complex interplay between memories, heritage, history and identity and their multiple representations in symbols, monuments and different perceptions of their meaning.
We will address both historical cases of memory politics and the active building of symbols and narratives of the European union, as well as the rise of Euroscepticism as a counter narrative. Seemingly “soft” issues of heritage and identity are closely linked to “hard” issues of politics and economics. Our understanding of Europe today depends on knowledge of its past.