University of Connecticut
Seminar in Academic Writing: War, Conflict, and Memory
This course introduces students to the practice of academic writing. Using both print and digital media, you will create four revised essays that advance ongoing conversations. A central principle of this class is that academic writers do not write in a vacuum but in dialogue with other writers. This means that I want you to think of yourself as a critic, developing your own intellectual projects in response to ideas already in play. To this end, we will regard course readings as rich perspectives to analyze—both generously and critically—in order to mark points of departure that allow us to pursue our own lines of inquiry, our own questions and answers. One of the strengths of this class is the opportunity students have to participate in academic dialogue, and I encourage you to take advantage of this as we share our work with multiple audiences within and beyond the classroom.
Throughout the semester, we will examine the intersections of war, conflict, and memory. To begin, we will pursue a central question: How does war—and memory of war—shape the contours of history, identity, and nation? Although the course will be grounded in scholarship by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Marita Sturken, and Jenny Edkins, you will be invited to guide the direction of this inquiry with your own expertise, interests, and questions.
Lisa Ede, The Academic Writer
Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Refugees