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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | bologna.lab | Projekte des bologna.labs | Berlin Perspectives | Lehrveranstaltungen | Wintersemester 2016/17 | Days of Future Past: Connecting to Feminist Lives, Struggles and Visions in Berlin

Days of Future Past: Connecting to Feminist Lives, Struggles and Visions in Berlin

Taught by Sina Holst, Johanna Montanari

Starts 20.10. / Thursday, 14:00 - 18:00 (bi-weekly), Hausvogteiplatz 5-7, Room 0323-26

Language requirements: min. English B2, German A2



Course Description

Remembering Hedwig Dohm, Clara Zetkin, Helke Sander, Ulrike Meinhof and Audre Lorde, this seminar investigates Berlin as a place of feminist struggles. We will explore their works and experiences and read and discuss the historical and theoretical context. Using creative writing tools, we will connect the lives, struggles and visions of these women with what is alive in us. A focus will be on issues of gender, race and class and on broadening our possibilities of action.

At the end of the course, students will have a knowledge of feminist histories in Berlin as well as experience with engaging histories of feminism with contemporary struggles. Through creative writing, students will gain familiarity with experimentally approaching academic knowledge. Throughout the seminar, we will expand the collection of inspiring women connected to feminist struggles in Berlin, contemporary as well as historical.

Each class will include discussions of texts as well as creative writing. During one class we will visit places in Berlin connected to the lives of these women. The final session of this course will be a public event in which the students will be presenting samples of their creative writing.

The main language in the seminar will be English (B2 required). In addition, basic knowledge in German (A2) will be useful. Students are encouraged to improve their German language skills through methods of creative writing in German throughout the class.


Instructors: Sina Holst, Johanna Montanari

Contact: theirksome@gmail.com


Course Requirements

  • Active participation in class discussion, field trip and public reading, 10%
  • Reading in advance of each class, preparing one discussion question, 10%
  • Creative writing throughout the seminar, reading one to three pieces for the public reading at the end of the seminar, 35%
  • Short abstract (1 page) on the life, work and struggles of a woman connected to feminist struggles in Berlin, to be submitted in Class 5, 15%
  • Essay (3-5 pages) on connecting past and present feminist struggles in academic, political and personal contexts, to be submitted in Class 8, 30%



Thursdays (starting October 20th, 2016), 14:00 - 18:00 ct. Bi-weekly. ct stands for cum tempore (with time) meaning the class starts at 14:15, ends at 17:45 and there is a 30 minute break in between.