Archaeology of memory, monuments, and dark heritage, 13.8. – 17.8.2018, 3 credits

This doctoral student teaching course supports teaching and doctoral training in the human sciences. The course outlines international dark heritage scholarship, focusing especially on memorialization of civil wars, labor strikes, and other painful and traumatic sites. The course will focus on memorialization of civil wars, like in Ireland, the USA and Finland, and labor unrest and activism in the USA at the end of 19th and early 20th centuries. This includes the class warfare in the Northern Forest, for example dealing with the 1913-14 strike and Italian Hall incident, and how it is all memorialized or not. One another focus theme will be how women have been remembered in commemorations of war and conflict in Ireland since independence. The course will give and introduction into the heritage, masculinity and the role of women in the Michigan lumber camps.

Course includes six (6) hours teaching each day in one-week period, 13.8. – 17.8.2018, so there will be 30 hours teaching in the course. Teaching will happen two hour classes before the lunch and four hours at afternoon. Two classes will be held outside as walking tours in the civil war sites in Oulu. Students will prepare for the course short papers (1000 words) about their own research topics, which they will present at the course.

Course teachers:
Professor LouAnn Wurst, Michigan Technological University, Michigan, USA
Professor Paul R. Mullins, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA
Associate Professor Laura McAtackney, Aarhus University, Denmark

Persons in charge:
Dos. Timo Ylimaunu, Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu
Professor Hannu I. Heikkinen, Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu

Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu. The University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS).

Memory studies, historical archaeology, cultural anthropology, history, social sciences, heritage studies, migration studies.

Please register to the course by the 15th of May by using the <REGISTRATION FORM>. All registered will receive an e-mail confirming their participation on the course.
Maximum participation will be 20 doctoral students. There is no course fee. Students will be responsible of their own travels, accommodation and living in Oulu.

Teaching language is English.

For more information, please contact: Timo Ylimaunu e-mail:

Last updated: 21.3.2018