The Art of Memory (CATE2007)


This unit of study examines the discourse of memory through the practice of contemporary art and theory. From this perspective, it considers the relationship between memory, the politics of identity, and history through a critical exploration of different forms of remembrance, such as: storytelling and autobiography; collective memory; forgetting and the erasure of time; and trauma and embodiment.

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Further unit of study information


1x2-hour seminar/week


short visual analysis (20%) and small group presentation (10%) and major essay (70%)


James McConkey, The Anatomy of Memory: An Anthology, New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Andreas Huyssen, Present Pasts: Urban Palimpsests and the Politics of Memory, California: Stanford University Press, 2003.
Michael Rossington and Anne Whitehead (eds.), Theories of Memory: A Reader, Crawley, W.A.: University of Western Australia Press, 2007.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


(THAP1201 and THAP1202) or (CATE1001 and CATE1002) or (12 senior credit points of Art History and Theory)

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