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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - bologna.lab – New Teaching. New Learning

Courses: Winter Semester 2017/2018

 

Please note the language requirements for all our seminars!

 

 

Berlin Perspectives via Agnes

 


 

Social Sciences, History, Economics

 

 

 

Monday
14:00-16:00
(starts 23.10)

Room: 0323-26

The Berlin Wall - History and Representation

Elena Demke / Manfred Wichmann

(Language requirements: min. English B2)

 

The Berlin Wall was a media star - right from the forceful closure of the Berlin borders 13th August 1961 onwards. Its symbolic power during the Cold War did not end with dismantling it in 1990 and the loss of most of it relics afterwards. In fact, the "fall" of the wall produced another very influential climax of its worldwide visual representation, which added new meanings to the imagery of the Berlin Wall.

 

 

 

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Monday
16:00-18:00
(starts 23.10)

Room: 0323-26

National Identity in Contemporary Germany: Citizenship, Diversity, and Belongings

Ursula Moffitt

(Language requirements: min. English B2)

 

Germany is a culturally and ethnically diverse country, and has been for many decades. Yet, it was only in the year 2000 that laws were changed to allow for non-heritage based citizenship, and only in the past few years that politicians began to acknowledge Germany as a country of immigration. In common usage, the word “German” is still often used to mean exclusively White Germans, drawing a boundary between those with and without so-called migration background.

 

 

 

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Tuesday
12:00-14:00
(starts 17.10)

Room: 0323-26

Rethinking the Migrant

Kine Valvik Mitchell, Amber Kepple Jones

(Language requirements: min. English B2)

 

In January 2016, The Sun, the most highly read “newspaper” in the UK, published an article with the headline: “Refugee Crisis: Berlin so swamped by migrants that city is in ruins”. Though such hyperbolic claims are often quickly dismissed, they also echo and reiterate fears existing within hegemonic discourses surrounding “migrants” and reflect public consciousnesses about the “crisis” in not only the UK but in Berlin, in Germany and, more generally, the Global North. This interdisciplinary course seeks to contextualize and deconstruct the figure of the migrant using critical interdisciplinary approaches while placing them into wider discussions of the various related “crises” in “raceless”, postcolonial Europe.

 

 

 

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Thursday
14:00-16:00
(starts 19.10)

Room: 0323-26

The EAST/WEST Competition - Urban Planning, Cultural Policy And Economics in Divided Berlin

Michael Grass

(Language requirements: min. English B2)

 

Berlin is the city of East / West competition. Since the division of the city into East and West, demonstrating the power of the capitalism and socialism respectively was central to urban planning. Shortly after the war, the solution of obstacles to urban development proved vital, but the ideological usability of economic strategies and architectural prototypes soon became an essential concern urban redevelopment policy of both nations.

 

 

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Literature, Urban and Cultural Studies

 

 

 

 

Monday
12:00-14:00
(starts 23.10)

Room: 0323-26

 

Translating the City: The Text(s) of Berlin

Anne Posten

(Language requirements: min. English B2)

 

Translation is a lens through which we can explore texts written about Berlin by visitors and immigrants to the city. Over the course of the semester we will explore questions such as: How is an encounter with a city a process of reading? In producing texts about Berlin, what kind of translation is necessary for a “foreigner” to the city that would not be necessary for a “native”? How does linguistic, cultural, and historical background affect a “reading” of the city and its translation into text? How can we trace in language the city’s influence on those experiencing it?

 

 

 

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Monday
16:00-18:00
(starts 23.10)

Room: 0203

Soundscapes of Berlin - Listening Perspectives /
Berliner Klanglandschaften - Hörperspektiven

Anna von Hammerstein

(Language requirements: min. English B2, German A1-A2)

 

Berlin and its diverse sounds are the topic of this course. However, we will not try to reduce Berlin to a few characteristic sounds but rather develop a listening perspective to discover the city. Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to develop, sharpen and sensitize their hearing perception and thus discover their environment in a new way. During sound walks in different places across Berlin we will collect sounds by recording them or by writing listening journals. These collected sounds will be discussed in class. Additionally, readings from the interdisciplinary field of Sound Studies with a focus on research on urban sounds will be introduced. Some basic German is required for this seminar.

 

 

 

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Tuesday
10:00-12:00
(starts 17.10)

Room: 0203

 

Spectres of the City: E.T.A. Hoffmann's "Demonic Berlin"

Polly Dickson

(Language requirements: min. English B2)

 

What place might the practice of literary ‘realism’ find within the city? What, in turn, might ‘realism’ and the ‘fantastic’ have to do with the notion of place? And how, specifically, does E. T. A. Hoffmann — one of the most influential German writers of the nineteenth century — arrive in his own most frequented place of residence, the city of Berlin, through his idiosyncratic poetological praxis? Hoffmann reached the peak of his writerly prowess in Berlin. The aim of this course will be to uncover the hidden, fantastic ‘Berlin’ that he knew, whilst sketching an account of what we might call Hoffmann’s ‘realism’ in the process.

 

 

 

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Tuesday
10:00-12:00
(starts 17.10)

Room: 0323-26

 

Berlin's Pop in Everyday Life and Culture

Lucia Geis

(Language requirements: German B1)

 

1989: During the summer months, the first Love Parade dances up and down the Kurfürstendamm. In November, the wall comes down. All at once, Berlin is open and turning upside down. Adventurers, curious people and novelty seekers conquer a city that has entered transition. They observe, design and experiment - with language, with art, with music, with lifestyle. A new - perhaps the first - kind of "pop culture" made in Germany is emerging, looking for places other than theatres, concert halls and established forums of the so-called "high culture". The pop protagonists scratch in clubs, perform in empty houses and containers, experiment with new forms of writing on the Internet and new ways of life in everyday life. This seminar is ideal for students who wish to further their German skills.

 

 

 

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Tuesday
12:00-14:00

(starts 17.10)

Room: 0203

 

Image and the City

Alessa Katharina Paluch

(Language requirements: min. English B2)

 

Capital of Cool, City of Tolerance and (affordable) Hub of Creativity – Berlin’s image is a very alluring one. The images of Berlin circulating in all kinds of media are just as interesting, but also surprisingly diversified. If this is true for contemporary Berlin it proves to be so even more in regard of its 20th century history: historic moments like the fall of the Berlin Wall are always also represented in images. But what do those images actually tell us? What do they mean and what do they want us to see? This seminar is meant to be an expedition into Berlins and Germanys visual culture. We are going to have a closer look on some of these images – ranging from iconic photographs to music video clips to official marketing campaigns – and reflect their symbolic meaning and varying interpretations, their impact on Berlin's self-concept, identity, on its cultural scene and even on its economic value. Basic concepts developed in the context of the Visual Culture Studies are introduced, with aspects of Art History, Film Studies, Metropolitan Studies, Tourism Studies and Social Science.

 

 

 

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Tuesday
14:00-16:00

(starts 17.10)

Room: 0323-26

 

Graphic*Novel*Berlin

Maja Linke

(Language requirements: min. English B1, German A2)

 

In the seminar we will analyze representation and construction of the city of Berlin in text and image: especially in comic strips and graphic novels, and also in other text-image representations as fanzines and perzines. We will take a cross section of diverse visual-textual formats and have a look on their political implications. We will also use them as inspiration for our own practice: a personal graphic novel of living in Berlin, a drawn-written diary of individual impressions of a new city and language. Therefore we will experiment with paper, pencil and DIY printing techniques. This seminar is ideal for students who wish to further their German skills. The focus lies on a subjective perspective of perceiving the city as well as a playful and emancipatory handling of the language German, which will be supported by images.

 

 

 

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Tuesday
14:00-18:00
(starts 17.10)

Room: 0203

Exploring Berlin Museums

Dr. Victoria Bishop-Kendzia

(Language requirements: min. English B2)

 

This anthropologically inflected course is interdisciplinary in nature. The aim of the course is to explore and critically analyze certain aspects of Berlin’s museological landscape using anthropological methods. This will be realized during the various field trips to relevant sites. The focus is on two particularly visible and conflict-ridden aspects of this landscape, namely the Jewish narrative and the topic of migration.

 

 

 

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Thursday
10:00-12:00

(starts 19.10)

Room: 0323-26

Berlin Films

Dr. Stefanie Rinke

(Language requirements: min. English B1, German B1)

 

A lot of films are made in Berlin, but not every film could be called a „Berlin Film“. A film is a Berlin Film, so the definition in class, when the film shows special places of Berlin, when it shows a particular life-style or specific historical, cultural or political events. Only Berlin Films construct the identity of the metropole Berlin and are part of the thick space of a metropole: are intermingled in (imaginary) city relations. This seminar is ideal for students who wish to further their German skills.

 

 

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