Global Affairs

Argentina: Topics in Globalization: Memory and Visual Culture

This course examines the politics of memory through the intersections of visual culture, cultural memory, visual activism, and human rights.  We will analyze debates over memorialization and artistic engagements with the memory of traumatic events in several key sites around the world.  Through explorations of how art, photography, and design have played important roles in shaping cultural memory in these contexts, we will investigate the aesthetics of memory, the role of pedagogy in remembrance, the spatialization of memory, and the deployment of memory into political action and human rights in the here and now.

The course will focus on memories of Argentina’s 1976-83 military dictatorship, including its systematic disappearance of 30,000 citizens, los desaparecidos. We will visit particular projects in Buenos Aires engaged with memory, trauma, and human rights.  We will compare these local sites with memorialization in other contexts in Latin America such as Chile, Peru, and Colombia, the memorialization of 9/11 in the United States, and artistic projects in Germany and other European contexts.  Guest speakers will include academics, architects, curators, artists, and activists involved in memorial projects in the city.  



Buenos Aires, Argentina

Program Dates:

January 3 - 20, 2018

Application Deadlines:

Effective October 20, this program is closed and no longer accepting applications.

Who Can Participate:

  • NYU graduate students
  • NYU undergraduate seniors who have:
    • 96+ earned credits
    • related coursework
    • approval from the faculty director as well as their adviser
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are not enrolled at an academic institution

Related Areas of Study:

  • Media, Culture, and Communication 
  • Politics
  • Visual Art
  • Human Rights
  • Latin American Studies 

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions.


Students register for a total of 4 points and take the following course:

  • MCC-GE 2380 Section 099 (Class #21072) - Topics in Globalization (4 points)
Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.

2018 Draft Course Syllabus and Schedule


Marita Sturken, Professor, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Katherine Hite, Professor of Political Science, Director of Research, Vassar College 


2018 Graduate Tuition: $1,660 per point plus registration and services fees

NYU students: this course counts toward your Spring 2018 course load and tuition

Tuition will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Spring 2018.

Bursar’s Payment Deadline Dates

Learn about scholarship opportunities

Other Costs:

2018 Housing Fee: $750

2018 Activity Fee:  $350

Housing and Activity fees are billed through the Bursar and will be due in accordance with the Bursar's spring 2018 billing schedule.

International airfare to and from the program location is not included in the program fee. Students must purchase their own round-trip tickets and are responsible for their own accommodation for travel beyond the program dates.

Student will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used the following flight search engines: KayakHipmunkVayama Google Flights and for student rates.


Students will reside in shared-occupancy accommodations arranged by Global Affairs.

Your accommodation arrangements are included in your Housing and Activity Fees.

Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.

Travel, Visa, and Other Information:                                                              

Flight: Students are responsible for purchasing flights to and from Buenos Aires that correspond to program dates.

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid at least six months beyond the program end date. 

Visa: US citizens require a valid passport and do not require a visa for visits to Argentina of less than three months in duration. Prior to arrival in Argentina at any entry point, U.S. citizen tourist and business travelers must pay a $160 reciprocity fee by credit card online at the Provincia Pagos website

Helpful linksU.S. State Department, Center For Diseas ControlLonely Planet 

Weather:  In January, temperature in Buenos Aires ranges from 70° to 90° Fahrenheit. 

Helpful Links: BBC Weather

 Admitted Student Resources: click here.