History and Memory
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Ajalugu ja mälu
Course title in English
History and Memory
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2018/2019  Spring semester
Karsten Brüggemann (inglise keel)
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
- to provide a wide-ranging overview of memory studies:
their influence on the contemporary human and social
sciences, the key authors, theories and concepts, as well
as the opportunities to apply these in various fields;
- the students should get the opportunity to develop their
skills in analysing various phenomena belonging to the
sphere of historical and cultural memory, as well as in
finding and adapting suitable theoretical and conceptual
frameworks for these kinds of studies;
- The students should get the opportunity to understand
the different “monumental” layers of the “memory
landscape” in Estonia and in other countries.
Brief description of the course
The seminars give an overview of the theories and
concepts used in contemporary memory studies and
introduce the ways they are appropriated in different
fields. We read and analyse jointly key texts of memory
studies, and discuss various realms of memory in Estonia
and elsewhere. The course discusses and analyses the
representations of collective memory in various media,
examines the formation and transformation of realms of
memory, and pays attention to their role in the formation
of identities. We also examine the specifics of today’s
historical memory, especially in Eastern Europe, as well
as the perspectives of memory studies.
Independent work
• For each session, the students have to prepare the
texts uploaded to Moodle.
• Active participation in the discussions during the
• Oral presentation on a topic chosen with the
assistance of the teachers, concerning some site of
memory or other phenomenon related to memory
• Written essay on the same topic (around 15 000
characters without spaces).
Learning outcomes in the course
The student:
- knows the theories and concepts used for analysing
historical and cultural memory and can distinguish
between the most relevant trends, problems and authors
in this field of study;
- is able to find suitable theoretical approaches and
concepts for analysing various topics and phenomena;
- can discuss the construction and transformation of
different realms of memory, as well as their role in the
construction of identities;
- is aware of the problems related to contemporary
memory culture and politics;
- proves her/his skills in presenting the major issues of a
given topic in an oral presentation, as well as in
discussing and analysing a given topic in a written form.
Assessment methods
Active participation in the discussions during the sessions
and good knowledge of the examined texts marks 20% of
the final grade, the oral presentation is 30% and the
written essay is 50%.
Prof. Dr. Karsten Brüggemann, Ass. Prof Dr. Linda Kaljundi
Study literature
Astrid Erll, Memory in Culture, Basingstoke: Palgrave
Macmillan 2011.

Ülejäänud kohustuslik kirjandus jagatakse seminaride käigus. / A list with additional required literature will be distributed during the first lessons.
Replacement literature
Asenduskirjandus täpsustatakse igal individuaalsel juhul eraldi. / Additional literature will be suggested for each individual case.