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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - bologna.lab - Neue Lehre. Neues Lernen

Exploring Berlin Museums

Taught by Dr. Victoria Bishop-Kendzia 

Starts 19.10. / Wednesday, 14:00 - 18:00 (irregular), Hausvogteiplatz 5-7, Room 0323-26

Language requirements: min. English B1, German B1



Course Description

This interdisciplinary course explores some key aspects visible in Berlin’s museological landscape. It will focus on issues of Self and Other constructions as attested in museums and exhibitions. The aim of the course is to use anthropological methods to explore the sites and critical analyses to reflect upon them. This thematic course touches on several disciplines. It is based in empirical social anthropology, especially in terms of theoretical framework and methodology. It does, however, involve a historical overview of the Jewish narrative in Germany from just before 1933 to the present and an overview of migration issues.
A reader (number tba) will be available to purchase at Sprintout: S-Bahn-Bogen 190 Georgenstr./Universtitätsstr. Close to the Friedrichstr. U-S-Bahn. Open Mo-Fr 9-21, Sa 10-16.
This reader contains all the required readings in addition to optional additional ones that might be of interest for your own research assignments.

Course Requirements

  • Active attendance and participation in class discussions and field trips.
  • Doing the readings and preparing two discussion/content questions on each reading in advance of the class, as assigned.
  • Participation in group presentation about a field site/topic of your choice relevant to the course. Topic should be checked with the instructor in advance.
  • Two written assignments: 1: A conversation-walk text (3-4 pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman) to be handed in by x and discussed in class on x, as assigned. 2: Each student must submit an individually-written research report (5-7 pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman) to be handed in by e-mail by x.
  • Attendance Policy: You may not miss more than 2 sessions. If you do know you have to miss a class beforehand, let me know in advance and we can arrange a make-up task, if necessary. In the case of illness or other unforeseen situations, do e-mail me as soon as possible. I would also require some form of confirmation of the emergency. Do become familiar with public transport in Berlin and work out in advance how to get to the sites (addresses and public transport connections to them are given below.) Transportation difficulties are not an excuse for an absence. It is the students’ responsibility to get to the sites on time.
  • Plagiarism Policy: The presentation of another person’s words, thoughts, ideas, judgements, images or data as though they were your own, whether intentionally or unintentionally, constitutes an act of plagiarism. The penalty for this is failure of the course.