Doctoral Student course: Monuments, visual representations, and spaces of dark heritage in the University of Oulu at August 2019

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Human Science Doctoral Student course: Monuments, visual representations, and spaces of dark heritage, 3 credits, in the University of Oulu, 12. – 16. August 2019.

The course outlines international dark heritage scholarship, focusing especially on memorialization of civil wars, places of atrocities and other painful and traumatic sites. The course will focus on memorialization of civil wars, like in Ireland, the USA and Finland, sites of colonial atrocities towards indigenous people in Australia, and sites of ethnic violence at the end of 19th and 20th centuries. The course will focus on different kind of memorials and other visual materials and representations, for example photographs, of these sites and people; how memorials and photographs visualize the memory of the painful incidents that occurred in the places. This course is interested in the intersection of what we consider dark heritage, what is remembered (and what is forgotten, or even silenced) and how they are remembered in terms of how they link to wider identity issues of race, class and gender. 

This course will be the fourth Doctoral Student course, which archaeology and cultural anthropology have organized since 2016.

Course teachers:

Professor Jane Lydon, The University of Western Australia, Australia.

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

Associate Professor Laura McAtackney, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Docent, Senior lecturer Timo Ylimaunu, University of Oulu, Finland.


Short description of the course:

Course includes six (6) hours teaching each day in one-week period, 12. – 16. August 2019, so there will be 30 hours teaching in the course. Teaching will happen two hour classes before the lunch and four hours at afternoon. Students will give a short max. 15 min paper of their own doctoral research topic during the course in the workshop-type classes. Course includes two field walks in different dark heritage sites in Oulu.

Maximum participation will be 20 doctoral students.

Teaching language: English.

Students will repair for the course short paper in their own research topics before the course.

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

Mode of delivery: Lecture teaching, workshop and field walk

Required reading:

Beiner, G. (2007), ‘Between Trauma and Triumphalism: The Easter Rising, the Somme, and the Crux of Deep Memory in Modern Ireland’. The Journal of British Studies 46(2): 366–389.

Hirsch, M. (2001), ’Surviving Images: Holocaust Photographs and the Work of Postmemory’. The Yale Journal of Criticism 14(1): 5–37.

Holtorf, C. (2015), ‘Averting loss aversion in cultural heritage’. International Journal of Heritage Studies 21(4): 405–421.

Kinnunen, T. (2014) ‘The Post-Cold War Memory Culture of the Civil War: Old-New Patterns and New Approaches’. In T. Tepora and A. Roselius (eds.) The Finnish Civil War 1918: History, Memory, Legacy. Brill, pp. 401–439.

Lieb, J. I. (2002) ‘Separate times, shared spaces: Arthur Ashe, Monument Avenue and the politics of Richmond, Virginia’s symbolic landscape’. Cultural Geographies 9: 286–312.

Lydon, J. and Ryan, L. (2018) ‘Remembering Myall Creek’, In J. Lydon and L. Ryan (eds) Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre, NewSouth Books, 2018, pp. 1-14.

Mackie, V. (2018), ‘An Avatar of Peace: Commemorating Human Rights Activism’, 2018 ‘Visualising Human Rights’ in J. Lydon (ed.) Visualising Human Rights, UWAP, pp. 113-140.


Prepare five (5) pages paper of your own research topic, how it is related to themes of the course. You will give the paper in the workshop during the course.


Disciplines: Memory studies, historical archaeology, cultural anthropology, history, social sciences, cultural geography

Persons in charge:             

Docent, senior lecturer Timo Ylimaunu, Archaeology,

Professor Hannu I. Heikkinen, Cultural Anthropology

Organization: Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu.

Deadline: 15th of May 2019

Contact person: Timo Ylimaunu,

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Last updated: 20.2.2019