History in the Media:contesting, commemorating, resignificating
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
a) understand the reasons behind the “history boom” in the media in various parts of the world and the main interactions between media and history as interdisciplinary fields;
b) identify the main discourses and rhetorical strategies employed by the media to represent and perform the past; c) understand ideological uses of the past in the media and link them to particular political and social agendas;
d) establish the reliability of competing representations of the same event or historical process in the media;
e) undertake comparisons between historical controversies that took place in different national contexts.
Pedro Aires Ribeiro da Cunha Oliveira
Weekly - 3
Total - 224
Cannadine, D. (ed.) (2004). History and the Media. Basingstoke, Palgrave
Burke, P. (2008). Eyewitnessing. The Uses of Images as Historical Evidence/, Cornell University Press
Gildea, R. (2018). Empires of the Mind. The colonial past and the politics of the present. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
Kennedy, D. (2018), The Imperial History Wars. Debating the British Empire New York, Bloomsbury
Kitch, C. (2008), <Placing journalism inside memory — and memory studies>, Memory Studies, 1(3), 311–320
Maxwell, K. (1995) The making of Portuguese democracy. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
Neiger, M.; Meyers, O. & Zandberg, E. (eds) (2011). On Media Memory. Colllective Memory in a New Age Media. London: Palgrave MacmillanSayer, F. (2019), Public History. A Practical Guide. New York, Bloomsbury Scully, R. and Quartly, M. (ed.), /Drawing the Line: Using
Cartoons as Historical Evidence. Monash University Publishing, 2009
The course will be conducted as a standard seminar for postgraduate students. The introductory class will be presented by the three instructors, and one of them will also be making the opening remarks and act as moderator in each of the remaining sessions.
Método de Avaliação - By the end ot the term, they will present their seminar paper (e.g., bibliographic essay or research paper)(60%), The course will be conducted as a standard seminar for postgraduate students. The introductory class will be presented by the three instructors, and one of them will also be making the opening remarks and act as moderator in each of the remaining sessions. (20%), These discussions will be facilitated by one or more students per class, with a previous circulation of writing materials (journal articles, book chapters) through learning platforms (e.g. Moodle). Students are also expected to perform a critical examination of a given source (audio-visual or print media)(20%)
1. Media and History: a fertile and troubled relationship.
2. Religion, the politically correct and the persistence of censorship in graphic humor.
3. Imperial laughter: caricatures, colonialism and racism.
4. Nationalism, satirical press and the formation of national identities in Europe.
5. Empire’s Wars: The Mau-Mau court case and the reappraisal of Britain’s ‘exemplary’ decolonisation.
6. Luso-Tropicalism under scrutiny: questioning Portugal’s reputation of ‘benign’ colonialist.
7. Aristides Sousa Mendes’ rehabilitation and the re-interpretation of Portuguese neutrality in World War II:
8. The media and the Portuguese revolution: the case of RTP as a political actor in Portugal’s Carnation Revolution (1974-1976).
9. Media, diversity and minorities: contemporary representation of blackness in the Portuguese media.
10. Session with an invited artist (Filmmaker). Screening of a film and debate.
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