The Politics of MemorySummer Course

Students at the Museum of Science
Major Discipline(s)
Human Rights, Political Science, Public Policy
Location: Stockholm
Session 3

Memory politics look at how the past is instrumentalized to meet different political aims and interests in the modern day. Certain aspects of the past may be promoted, excluded, commemorated, or erased. This course provides an overview of several different manifestations of memory politics. There are several examples of the use, abuse, and silencing of the past in the Baltic States and Eastern Europe as well as in Scandinavia. Nations, minorities, families, and individuals deal with traumatic pasts over generations, without getting acknowledgement. Among other cases, we will look to World War 2 and the Holocaust, the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and to current indigenous movements to investigate how, for example, Sámi past is presented and included in the national museums in Stockholm.

Related Discipline(s)

This summer course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Public Policy


Ninna Mörner

DIS Summer Faculty

Master in Economic History and graduated Journalist (Stockholm University). Editor-in-chief for the scholarly journal Baltic Worlds at the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies at Södertörn University (since 2009) and the annual State of the Region Report (2020). A recognized expert in the anti-trafficking field nationally as well as internationally, involved for over a decade in numerous studies, projects, and reports on human trafficking. Formed the Swedish Platform Civil society Against Human Trafficking in 2013, which she chaired until 2018. With DIS since 2023.