week 4: memory, museum, city, nation

Monday 22 July

Get ready to travel!

  • Read Travel Info (linked from Menu button).
  • See all my emails on Amsterdam Travel Info. For purposes of privacy, our hotel info is in the emails and on Blackboard.
  • Respond to my separate emails about Amsterdam FlightsDietary Restrictions, and Amsterdam contact info. Please respond to each separately. I’m organizing them by subject heading so I can keep track of the.

Post #7


  • Jennifer Hansen-Glucklich, “The Artful Eye: Learning to See and Perceive Otherwise inside Museum Exhibits,” in Holocaust Memory Reframed: Museums and the Challenges of Representation (New Brunswick: Rutgers Univ. Press, 2014), 85-115 (plus notes/biblio). PDF on E-Reserves.
  • Melissa Weiner, “(E)Racing Slavery: Racial Neoliberalism, Social Forgetting, and Scientific Colonialism in Dutch Primary School History Textbooks,” DuBois Review11.2 (2014): 329-351. Note: skim the intro and background sections. Focus on her specific findings and conclusions.
  • Larry Beasley, “The City as Museum and the Museum as City,” keynote lecture at the International Council of Museums CAMOC conference, Museum of Vancouver, 12 October 2012. PDF on E-Reserves.


You know the drill by now, right? How does each of these frameworks/methods/approaches seem insightful to you? How do they differ and/or where might you align there interest?

Tuesday 23 July
Comments #7

Respond to 2+ peers as before. What needs to be said? How can you further our ongoing critical but supportive conversation about these ideas about visuality, space, and Dutch culture?

Wednesday 24 July
Post #8

Backgrounds, evidence

  • Simon Kuper, Ajax, the Dutch, the War(New York: Nation Books, 2012):
    • ch. 6, “Sparta: A Soccer Club in Wartime,” 69-91.
    • ch. 8, “Strange Lies: Ajax, World War II, & P. G. Wodehouse,” 105-122.
    • Photographs between 132-133.
    • ch. 12, “Of Bunkers & Cigars: The Holocaust & the Making of Great Ajax,” 187-201.
    • ch. 14, “Soccer Songs of the Netherlands,” 219-231.
    • ch. 15, “Disneytown and the Secret Monuments,” 233-244.

Post: Your gut reaction to anything Kuper writes about. What do you think about how Dutch people have reflected on, used, responded to, &/or ignored the Dutch role in the Holocaust and World War II more generally? Cite specific evidence from Kuper. What do you think of the stumbling stones as a possible solution? How does any of this help us think about how the Dutch might respond to the recommendations or implications of the scholarship of Hansen-Glucklich, Weiner, &/or Beasley?

Thursday 25 July
Comments #8

This time, respond to all 4 peers: What do you think of their responses? What would you add? What are you going to be looking for in the streets, museums, and other spaces of Amsterdam (and Rotterdam, Utrecht, and Haarlem)?

Last assignment: read before our Sunday meeting in Amsterdam: maybe on the plane?

Nescio, “Young Titans,” (1914), repr. in Amsterdam Stories(transl. from the Dutch by Damion Searls; New York Review of Books, 2012), 35-62 (with marked cuts). PDF on E-Reserves.

Friday 26 July

Finish packing!  Make sure to read Travel Info (linked from Menu button). Most important: Passport, pre-purchased Euros, walking shoes, & a light rain jacket.

Saturday 27 July


Make sure to arrive at our hotel by Sunday 28 July by 1pm at the latest (see email). Notify me otherwise, or leave me a message at the hotel. I may have a cell number to give you before travel—again, see email.