Doctoral student course: Materiality, Civil Wars, and Difficult Heritage

Monday, August 10, 2020 to Friday, August 14, 2020

The Human Science Doctoral Student course: Materiality, Civil Wars, and Difficult Heritage, 3 credits, in University of Oulu, in the 10th – 14th of August 2020. Organized by Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Oulu.

This doctoral student teaching course supports teaching and doctoral training in the human sciences. The course outlines international difficult heritage scholarship, focusing especially on memory and commemoration of civil wars, places of atrocities, and other conflict related sites. The course will focus on civil wars, like in Ireland, the USA and Finland in the 19th and 20th centuries. The course will focus on different kinds of materialities and representations of conflicts and how these materialities of illuminate, hide and direct memories with the conflict experiences. This course is interested in the intersection of what we consider difficult conflict heritage and the experience of how Civil War are remembered, forgotten, or even silenced.

Course includes six (6) hours teaching each day in one-week period in the August 2020, so there will be 30 hours teaching in the course. Students will give a short max. 15 min paper of their own doctoral research topic during the course.

There is no course fee. Students will be responsible of their own travels, accommodation and living in Oulu during the course.

Maximum participation will be 20 doctoral students.


Associate Professor Laura McAtackney, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Professor Paul R. Mullins, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA.

Professor Hannu I. Heikkinen, University of Oulu.

Docent, Senior lecturer Timo Ylimaunu, University of Oulu.

Contact: Hannu I. Heikkinen, email:

Timo Ylimaunu, email:

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Last updated: 8.6.2020