Memory: Forgotten, Illusory, and True

Discipline: Psychology
Instructor: Dodson
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 1520
End: 1635
Field Work: Day 3 - Barcelona - Thursday, 8 August | Spain
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

Memory distortions are unavoidable.  The consequences of these memory problems range from benign tip-of-the-tongue experiences to untrustworthy eyewitness testimony.  We will examine research that bears on when memory is successful and unsuccessful.  Field trips will focus on sites that (a) illustrate cultural and historical differences in conceptions of memory and (b) memorials that highlight differences between the individual and the collective with respect to the purpose and goal of remembering.

Field Work

Country: Spain
Day: 3 - Barcelona - Thursday, 8 August

August 8 (Barcelona, Spain) Damnatio Memoriae refers to a society’s attempt to obliterate traces and thus memory of an individual or event by removing all signs of their existence.  We will examine this in Barcelona by focusing on (a) sites/events that the Franco regime sought to suppress and forget and (b) places, having been erased, that are being recovered and remembered. Academic Objectives:

  1. Understand Damnatio Memoriae within the context of the Spanish Civil War and post-war periods
  2. Explore the purpose/goals of Spain’s “Historical Memory Law”
  3. Relate the process and goals of forgetting in an individual to those of a society