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Berlin Perspectives Team

berlinperspectives@hu-berlin.de

Tel.: +49 30 2093-70827
Tel.: +49 30 2093-70825
Room: 0208-0211

 

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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
bologna.lab
Berlin Perspectives
Hausvogteiplatz 5-7
10117 Berlin

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

Winter Semester 2014/2015

This is the course programme for the winter term 2014/2015. You can find further information on courses, lecturers and locations by clicking on the course links or in Agnes.
 
Seminar rooms: all our seminars are held at
Hausvogteiplatz 5-7, 10117 Berlin (U2 station Hausvogteiplatz or U6 station Stadtmitte)
Rooms 0323-26 or 0203.
 
 
 

History, Politics and Social Sciences

Wednesday
12:00-14:00

room 0323

Berlin Histories, 1871 to 1990 (taught in English)

This course surveys German history through the prism of Berlin between the first and the second unification of the German lands in 1871 and 1990. It introduces students to key analytical concepts such as nationalism, industrialization and class, urbanization and modernity, civil society and autocracy, ethnicity/race, as well as politico-economic ideologies such as liberalism, communism, Nazism, welfare and the socialist state as well as their political implementations.

Wednesday
14:00-16:00

room 0323

Great Speeches (taught  German)

One can still find them – those great speeches! In this seminar, we will approach the subject of Rhetorics in three ways: We will read texts on the history of this discipline, we will practice and potentially improve our own skills and we will analyze outstanding speeches. An excursion to a Berlin parliamentary debate is scheduled.

Thursday
14:00-16:00

room 0323

Protest in Berlin - Totalitarian systems and countermovements (taught in English and German)

Berlin was the setting of various forms of ideologically underpinned authoritarian and totalitarian politics and, simultaneously, embodied a center of diverse forms of protest. Considering the history of ideas, this seminar examines the ideologies that underlie the political systems together with their respective counterculture and protest movements.

The objective is to highlight the parallels and contrasts of different political ideologies and, thereby, to reassess the classic categories of “left” and “right” in regard to their semantic consistency. The problem of the ideological distinction of various extremes shall be reflected again particularly by reference to the Student Movement of the sixties, whereby the simultaneity of the supposed opposing occurrence of nationalism and socialism, as well as antifascism and anti-Semitism will be examined.

Friday
10:00-12:00

room 0323

Berlin – The City as a Mind Map (taught in English and German)

Transformation and development of commemorative places in Berlin
As an expression and as a product of cultural as well as historical agglomeration, Berlin reveals a multitude of commemorative places. Based on the Theories of the Collective Memory and Cultural Recollection, the seminar will approach the development of political and ideological antagonisms as well as moments of cultural and sociopolitical transformation by drawing a historical-cultural mind map of Berlin. The emphasis lies on the city itself as evidence of the reinterpretation, formation and postulation of history at different times, in various cultural and political systems and in regard to its artistic representation and perception.
 

 

Literature, Urban and Cultural Studies

Monday
14:00-18:00

room 0323

Exploring Key Aspects of Berlin's Museological Landscape (taught in English and German)

This anthroplogically inflected course is interdisciplinary in nature. The aim of the course is to explore and critically analyse 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.  Although this course is based in social/cultural anthropology it does indeed engage with other disciplines and might be of interest to students of history, theology, art history, not to mention the more theme-based programmes of Urban Studies, Ethics, and Museum Studies.

Tuesday
10:00-12:00

room 0323

Berlinportrait of a city. An introduction to creative urban research (taught in English)

Various aspects characterize a city: its history, materiality, everyday life and politics – only to name a few. Research in the urban field requires methods that can adapt to a number of situations and can capture the changing natures of a city. For instance, the materiality of a street can hardly be analysed with the same means as the quotidian life of its inhabitants, being different every hour of the day.  

The focus of the course is on urban research based on a creative methodology. Fields of study will include sociology, art, philosophy, literature, geography and urban planning. In order to develop their own portrait of Berlin, participants will be introduced to a selection of creative methods of urban research such as walking, photography, mapping, soundscapes, observation and smell.

Tuesday
12:00-14:00

room 0323

The EAST/WEST Competition – Urban Planning and Living Culture from Cold War to the Present (taught in English)

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. In the beginning, the solution of obstacles to urban development proved vital. This seminar examines the dualism in urban planning between East and West Berlin chronologically. Seminar presentations and two excursions trace the diverse targets and demands of capitalist and socialist urban planning. For the analysis, we do not only consider architectural and formal aspects. Cultural contexts, living and dwelling models and political strategies will be looked at as well.

Wednesday
10:00-12:00

room 0323

Introduction to post-GDR literature (novels)  (taught in German and English)

In this seminar, students will get an overview on various facets of post-GDR
literature. Especially the novel as medium of memory will be examined. After analyzing the historical background of the German-German separation and unification, an overview of how Germany is dealing with the past through post-GDR literature (novels) will be given. Main subjects are: a little introduction on the unification-history, overview of “Wendeliteratur“, introduction to post-GDR literature, “Wende“ as event: urnaround and change of the “Wendezeit“, humour and laconic speech, literary depictions of losses and fears, “Heimatbilder“, “(N)ostalgie“, collective and communicative memory, forms and fucntions of silencing in post-GDR literature, Berlin and the wall, dealing with the past, refurbishment of the past.
The reading workload should be fun and show the students how memory and coming to terms with the past of huge historical events are carried out.

Thursday
10:00-12:00

room 0323

Berlin as a multiple stage (taught in English)

‘All the world's a stage’ – and Berlin is that in a special way. As a matter of fact, different and multicultural social spaces coexist in the capital of Germany. As many districts of Berlin present themselves more or less spontaneously in a certain form to a ‘public’ of visitors or tourists, they can be considered and examined as independent stages.

Thursday
12:00-14:00

room 0323

Narrating the City - Berlin-Romane des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts (taught in German)

Die Stadt Berlin ist im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert immer wieder Sujet, „Protagonist“ und nicht zuletzt auch Produkt literarischer Fantasien, so dass sich mittlerweile in der Literaturkritik der Begriff „Berlin-Roman“ durchgesetzt hat, der einen eigenständigen Romantypus suggeriert.

Thursday
16:00-18:00

room 0203

Berlin Comics Perspectives  (taught in English)

Not only can comics (and their emergence) be connected to urban culture in general, comics are also an important part of the Berlin culture specifically. Many comic artists, publishers, shops, libraries and galleries are situated in Berlin. In return the city and its citizens are often featured in comics. We will explore the various ways the city is used and set in scene in the comics and how the experience of living in urban, multifaceted Berlin might be mirrored in the comics form with its fragmented patterns and the juxtaposition of words and pictures.

Friday
14:00-16:00

room 0203

Political theatre in Berlin (taught in English and German)

Is theatre political? How does political theatre look like and how can we define it? Where in Berlin political theatre took place – and still does take place? In this seminar we want to look what’s going on on Berlin stages nowadays but we also try to examine the theoretical categories which serve to describe the „political“ on stage and want to highlight some key moments of Berlin theatre history. By looking into the historical and current positions of political theatre in Berlin as well as by visiting some of the most important stages, the students shall be encouraged to discover other plays on Berlin sta­ges by reflecting their political content and to deepen the course readings on their own. Important moments of our seminar will be Brecht’s theatre company „Berliner Ensemble“, the „Volksbühne“ at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz or the so-called „post-migrant“ theatre that causes quite a stir today at the „Maxim-Gorki-Theater“. Specific forms of theatre such as the documentary theatre – e.g. by Peter Weiss in the 1960s or nowadays by Andres Veiel – that deals with social questions, will be focused as well. In addition to our readings of theoretical and literary texts throughout the seminar sessions, we also want to take the opportunity to see some of the most recent productions together and discuss them afterwards.