Memories Need to Swim: Heritage and Myth-Making in Latin America
Course lecturers: Dr. Arij Ouweneel and Dr. Christien Klaufus
Time period: November – December
Schedule: Wednesday 14.00 – 17.00 hours
Course load: 6 EC
People continue to (re)produce narratives of who they are and what they want to be, thereby acknowledging that their “being-in-the-world”—or storyworld—is defined by heritage and histories of a birth place, hometown, ancestors, cemetries or journeys. In their testimonies and storyworlds over time, new elements are woven into existing storyworlds, creating innovative ways of worldmaking. Such new storyworlds are created in the streets of Latin American urban centers, using films, street art, epitaphs in cemeteries, and digital and analogue media on a daily basis. Special attention will be given to the role of ancestors, the deceased, saints, and deathscapes in Latin American worldmaking. Worldmaking, mythmaking, are storyworlds.