GBST 294
Victimhood Nationalism in Global History & Memory Spring 2025
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed HIST 395

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As globalism of the 21st century has shifted its focus from imagination to memory, the global memory culture focusing on victims has dawned on us as an undeniable reality with the entangled memories of: Apartheid, American slavery, and white settler genocides of the indigenous peoples; German empire’s colonial genocide of the Nama and Herero in Namibia and the Nazi Holocaust; the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust; Vietnam War and Algerian war; Rwandan genocide and ethnic cleansing in the Balkans; Japanese military “comfort women” and gendered violence during the Yugoslav Wars; forced sexual labor in the Nazi concentration camps and sexual slavery of the Islamic State; political genocide of Stalinism and the Latin American military dictatorships; civilian massacres of developmental dictatorships in the global Cold War era. Global memory formation intensified the victimhood competition among national memories. Victimhood nationalism epitomizes nationalism’s metamorphosis under the globalization of memory in the 21st century. This course will trace the mnemo-history of victimhood nationalism, focusing on the entangled memories of Poland, Germany, Israel, Japan, and Korea in the global memory formation. Other case studies, including former Yugoslavia, post-9/11 America, will also be discussed.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 10
Class#: 3932
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Class participation, pop quizzes and a final research paper (approximately 5000 words)
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: GBST concentrators and History majors
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 395 Division II GBST 294 Division II
WS Notes: This seminar includes a final research paper on victimhood nationalism. Prior to submission, the paper will go through several drafts and edits.
DPE Notes: A comparative, global approach to the study of memory and nationalism exploring the particular role of victimhood and genocide. How is violence remembered? How has past violence been justified? Who is remembered as a victim and who is not?
Attributes: GBST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies
GBST East Asian Studies
GBST Middle Eastern Studies
GBST Russian + Eurasian Studies
HIST Group G Electives - Global History

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