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

A Taste of Berlin

Taught by Linda Heyden, Marie Schröer 

Thursday, 16:00 - 18:00 + 4 excursions, Hausvogteiplatz 5-7, Room 0323-26

Language requirements: min. English B2, German A1

Syllabus

 

Course Description

Eating is an everyday practice, so profane it seems to be just a physical necessity to stay alive. Its ubiquity easily hides the variety of discourses and the many sign systems that influence and are linked to the simple gesture of eating and preparing food. Who eats what and where refers to the history, culture and conception of a region and its inhabitants. In return, national and regional habits of eating find their linguistic expression in idioms and metaphors. For individuals and social groups alike, food serves as a marker of identity and a means of distinction - symbolism, ritual behavior, myths, themes and motives of food and eating can be read and analyzed as signs(ystems).
 
Reading material will be made available digitally on moodle.

 

Note: „Taste of Berlin“ is a Tandem-Seminar which will take place in cooperation with the interdisciplinary seminar „Du bist, was du isst? - Ernährung: Diskurse, Inszenierungen“ which is also part of the bologna.lab program (Vielfalt der Wissensformen, VdW). BP-Students will spent several classes and excursions with the regular HU-students to enrich each other's intercultural learning experience and language skills and benefit from the diverse academic backgrounds.

 

Course requirements, 5 ECTS

  • regular attendance (you may not miss more than 2 sessions and one excursion)
  • active participation (based on the respective topics and the given reading assignments) in class discussions and excursions
  • presentation of written assignment and joint course project (in cooperation with the HU-students of the seminar „Du bist, was du isst? - Ernährung: Diskurse, Inszenierungen“)

[Please note the customary no-plagiarism policy*]

 

Literature

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  • Barthes, Roland (1982): Fur eine Psycho-Soziologie der zeitgenossischen Ernahrung. In: Freiburger Universitatsblatter 75, 65-73.
  • Barthes, Roland (1957): Mythologie. Paris.
  • [Barthes, Roland (1972): Mythologies. New York.]
  • Bourdieu, Pierre (1984). Distinction. A social critique of the judgment of taste. London
  • [Bourdieu, Pierre (2011): Die feinen Unterschiede. Kritik der gesellschaftlichen Urteilskraft. [Nachdr.]. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp (Suhrkamp-Taschenbuch Wissenschaft, 658).]
  • Doblin, Alfred: Berlin Alexander Platz. DTV, 2011.
  • [Doblin, Alfred: Berlin Alexanderplatz. The story of Franz Biberkopf . London, 2011.]
  • Fontane, Friederique C. (1903): Wie man in Berlin zur Zeit der Konigin Luise kochte. Ein gastronomischer Beitrag nach dem im Jahre 1795 niedergeschriebenen Aufzeichnungen von F.C. Fontane, geb. Werner. Berlin.
  • Greif, Mark (Hg.) (2012): Hipster. Eine transatlantische Diskussion. Berlin: Suhrkamp.
  • Grewe-Volpp, C.; Halfmann, U.; Reinhart, W. (2003): Erlesenes Essen: literatur- und kulturwissenschaftliche Beitrage zu Hunger, Sattheit und Genuss. Fur Ulrich Halfmann. Tubingen.
  • Henderson, Heike (2004): “Beyond Currywurst and Doner: The Role of Food in German Multicultural Literature and Society” Glossen 20. Kimmich, Dorothee und Schamma Schahadat (Hrsg.) (2012): Essen. Zeitschrift fur Kulturwissenschaften. Bielefeld.
  • Mawil: Restaurant or Kitchen. Berlin City Blog. Online.
  • Mohring, Maren (2014): „Food for Thought: Rethinking the History of Migration to West Germany Through the Migrant Restaurant Business.“ In: Journal of Contemporary History 49 (1), S. 209–227.
  • Osthus, Dietmar (2000), Metaphern im Sprachenvergleich: eine kontrastive Studie zur Nahrungsmetaphorik im Franzosischen und Deutschen, Frankfurt am Main.
  • Regener, Sven (2004): Berlin blues. London: Vintage.
  • Rudolph, Hedwig und Felicitas Hillmann (1998): „How Turkish ist the donar kebab? Turks in Berlin’s food sector”, Scottish Geographical Magazine, 114:3, 138-147.
  • Springer, Robert (1850): Berlin’s Strasen, Kneipen und Clubs im Jahre 1848. Berlin.
  • Wandt, Heinrich (1954): 700 Jahre Weinhandel in Berlin 1254-1954. Berlin.