Course Schedule

Veranstaltungen von Prof. Dr. Timon Beyes


History of Cultural Studies and its Methods II (Vorlesung)

Dozent/in: Timon Beyes

wöchentlich | Donnerstag | 12:15 - 13:45 | 03.04.2023 - 07.07.2023 | C HS 5

Inhalt: Organized as a lecture series, this course focuses on central themes and thinkers in the globalized sphere of cultural theorizing within the humanities and social sciences. The concerns, debates and methodologies of international cultural theorizing in part also draw upon different traditions and geographies of thought, or take the form of ›mobile theories‹ and ›travelling concepts‹ translated into different contexts, and change as they travel. The lecture series is, as suggested by the cultural theorizing explored, based on an understanding of culture as plural, as cultures that are continouously produced through, and made manifest in, embodied practices, discourses, spaces, emotional registers, technologies and organizational forms. In a globalized world, these cultural constellations are also geographically and linguistically plural, shaped by both global proceses and local conditions. They are thus contested and to some degree contingent. The terms and methods of cultural theorizing, its history and present, are invariably part of this ›cultural production and contestation‹. We hope that the lectures and discussions will therefore allow us to defamiliarize and enrich our ways of seeing and understanding, to make sense (differently) about how invariably globalized cultures take place.

Organizing culture: The art museum as site of organizational change (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Timon Beyes

Einzeltermin | Mi, 05.04.2023, 16:00 - Mi, 05.04.2023, 18:00 | Online-Veranstaltung | online kick-off (kein Raumbedarf)
Einzeltermin | Di, 11.04.2023, 08:00 - Sa, 15.04.2023, 16:00 | extern | in Basel

Inhalt: +++ If you would like to participate please send an email to until March 15th, 2023 (max. 1 page covering your motivation why you would like to attend the Spring Academy). You will be notified on March 17th (the online kick-off then takes place on April 5th). The maximum number of Lüneburg participants is 15. +++ This course brings together students and lecturers from the University of St.Gallen’s program in Management, Organization Studies and Cultural Theory (MOK) and Leuphana University Lüneburg’s program in Culture & Organization (C&O). Designed as an intensive 5-day-experience, the course will take place in cooperation with practice partners and research projects: It is hosted by the Kunstmuseum Basel and carried out in conjunction with maze pictures (Berlin), the »Sustaining Digital Cultures for Museums« project supported by Engagement Migros, and Leuphana University’s ‘Innovative University’ program (supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research). We seek to offer free accommodation in Basel for the duration of the course. Students are expected to arrange (train) travel to Basel and back themselves. Course content Besides the university, the museum of art is one of the oldest forms to think about and effectuate the organization and representation of knowledge, its history of ideas and its repertoire of artifacts and objects. Art museums are currently undergoing an enormous shift in how they perform their own functions. These organizational changes are propelled by different developments such as broader societal shift towards an experience economy and the culturalization of urban life, new practices of audience participation and exhibition formats, debates and demands around more inclusive and decolonial ways of collecting, exhibiting and reflecting art, positioning the art museum in the spotlight of political protest and activism, and – cutting across all of these developments – the ubiquity, everydayness and agencies of digital infrastructures, information technologies and media platforms. In short, the contemporary art museum is an exemplary site of organizational change. Yet how does this change take place? How is the museum organized (differently)? On invitation by the Kunstmuseum Basel, this course will investigate the organizational challenges that museums face, and reflect upon responses and new practices of organizing. Students will have the unique opportunity to empirically engage with a leading art museum and the wider institutional landscape of organizing art and culture. As a site-specific course dedicated to fieldwork-based teaching and learning, the participants will be able to take a closer look behind the scenes, explore the museum’s processes, technologies and atmospheres of organizing, and engage with its curators, technicians, administrators, educators and managers. Joined by further guests and experts, we will jointly work towards an exhibition of the studentsʹ findings on the museum as site of organizational and cultural change. Course structure and indications of the learning and teaching design After an introduction/preparation session, the course is organized in five parts and runs over 5 days, which consist of thematic discussions, site-specific research, guest speakers, preparatory exercises and project work. Part 1 consists of exploring themes as part of the transformation of contemporary museums and forming groups around a specific theme. Part 2 consists of field work and empirical research based on the themes. In Part 3, we develop empirical findings through further literature research. Part 4 is for preparing and executing the exhibition of one theme, while Part 5 is setting up the exhibition and presenting the findings.

Forschungskolloquium Soziologie und Kulturorganisation (Kolloquium)

Dozent/in: Timon Beyes, Serhat Karakayali, Volker Kirchberg, Andrea Kretschmann

Einzeltermin | Mi, 26.04.2023, 16:00 - Mi, 26.04.2023, 20:00 | C 11.319 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Mi, 03.05.2023, 14:30 - Mi, 03.05.2023, 20:00 | C 11.319 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Mi, 05.07.2023, 16:30 - Mi, 05.07.2023, 18:00 | C 11.319 Seminarraum

Inhalt: Das Promotionskolloquium dient der Präsentation und vertieften Diskussion der Forschungsvorhaben im Kreise der Mitglieder des Promotionskollegs. Pro Kandidat*in steht üblicherweise 1 Stunde für Vortrag und Diskussion zur Verfügung. Die Präsentationen und Diskussion finden in deutscher oder englischer Sprache statt.

Master-Forum (Kolloquium)

Dozent/in: Timon Beyes, Volker Kirchberg

Einzeltermin | Do, 04.05.2023, 15:00 - Do, 04.05.2023, 19:00 | C 7.320 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Fr, 05.05.2023, 11:00 - Fr, 05.05.2023, 19:00 | C 16.222 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Do, 11.05.2023, 15:00 - Do, 11.05.2023, 19:00 | C 7.320 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Fr, 12.05.2023, 11:00 - Fr, 12.05.2023, 19:00 | C 6.026 Seminarraum

Inhalt: This Master Forum, which will be held entirely in English, provides first and foremost an opportunity for students embarking on their MA theses to present an outline of their projects, with the goal of receiving productive critical feedback – both from instructors and from student peers. In addition, it also aims to facilitate critical reflection on a set of what may initially appear to be quite practical or even technical issues – around how scholarly research is carried out and presented – and yet often ultimately prove to be caught up with questions of content, argument and approach. In the first meeting of the Master Forum, Timon Beyes and Volker Kirchberg will introduce some of the common issues confronted by those carrying out scholarly research or writing in Cultural Studies, the Humanities and the Social Sciences. This will include general questions, including: how to arrive at and formulate a research question and a suitable framework for your project; how to begin thinking about method and methodology, and starting to conducting research; and ways of referencing and of acknowledging the use of sources. Students are invited to sign up to present an outline of their MA thesis in the subsequent three meetings of the Master Forum, with presentations set to take place in English. While this will ultimately depend on the number of students participating, students should expect to have around 30 minutes in total for the presentation and discussion of their projects, and presentations themselves should last between 10 and 15 minutes, allowing plenty of time for discussion. Students are required upload a two-page summary of their project to myStudy one week before they are due to present. This should include: • a working title for your thesis as well as your research question; • the approach, method or methodology that you plan on using, and the theoretical framework or points of reference for your project; • what you anticipate discovering or arguing in your thesis; • and a list of up to five key works that you will use, along with any additional information about sources you plan on using – such as archives, exhibitions or interview partners. Students are asked to attend all sessions of the Master Forum, not the simply the session in which they will present, and to have read the two-page summaries ahead of time. Please be ready to provide your fellow students with productive critical feedback on their projects! The Master Forum is examined (pass/fail) as a combined scholarly work [Kombinierte wissenschaftliche Arbeit] made up of (a) your two-page summary and (b) your presentation.

Media organize. Exploring and exhibiting technologies of the social (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Timon Beyes, Lisa Conrad, Claus Pias

Einzeltermin | Do, 06.04.2023, 09:00 - Do, 06.04.2023, 12:00 | C 9.102 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Do, 13.04.2023, 09:00 - Do, 13.04.2023, 12:00 | C 9.102 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Do, 20.04.2023, 09:00 - Do, 20.04.2023, 12:00 | C 9.102 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Do, 27.04.2023, 09:00 - Do, 27.04.2023, 12:00 | C 9.102 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Do, 04.05.2023, 09:00 - Do, 04.05.2023, 12:00 | C 9.102 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Do, 11.05.2023, 09:00 - Do, 11.05.2023, 12:00 | C 9.102 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Fr, 26.05.2023, 09:00 - Fr, 26.05.2023, 18:00 | extern | HFBK Hamburg
Einzeltermin | Fr, 26.05.2023, 10:00 - Fr, 26.05.2023, 18:00 | C 40.256 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Fr, 26.05.2023, 10:00 - Fr, 26.05.2023, 18:00 | C 40.176 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Fr, 26.05.2023, 10:00 - Fr, 26.05.2023, 18:00 | C 40.164 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Fr, 09.06.2023, 09:00 - Fr, 09.06.2023, 18:00 | extern | HFBK Hamburg
Einzeltermin | Fr, 23.06.2023, 09:00 - Fr, 23.06.2023, 18:00 | extern | HFBK Hamburg

Inhalt: Media Organize brings together students from the new MA programs Media and Digital Cultures and Culture & Organization to reflect, explore and curate everyday technologies in terms of their organizational capacities. The course is dedicated (and to some degree structured by) specific, and specifically mediating, objects that shape the practices, processes and affects of organization. Such media configure organizational (power) relations that are in-built into the devices and apparatuses of organizational life. Therefore, ‘media organize’ (Reinhold Martin). Practices of cultural labour and cultural organization rely on such media. At the same time, it takes labour, organizing and organizations in order to produce media (consider only the contemporary behemoths of data-driven and platform-based organization). Moreover, Media Organize is carried out in conjunction with the Kunstverein in Hamburg and the artist Simon Denny, also professor of time-based media at Hamburg’s Hochschule für bildende Künste (HFBK). Denny’s artistic and curatorial practice investigates how our perception and experience of culture is profoundly changed and shaped by dint of organizational technologies. Media Organize has as learning goals, 1) understanding the intricate and consequential relations between media technologies and forms and processes of (cultural) organization; 2) exploring organizational capacities of specific objects understood as technological media; 3) devising and curating an exhibition experience that seeks to stage objects as technologies of organization.

Haniel Summer Academy: Migration, Organization and Urban Entrepreneurship (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Timon Beyes

Einzeltermin | Do, 27.04.2023, 16:00 - Do, 27.04.2023, 18:00 | extern | online
Einzeltermin | Di, 30.05.2023, 09:00 - Sa, 03.06.2023, 16:00 | extern | Berlin

Inhalt: +++ If you would like to participate please send an email to until April 3rd, 2023 (max. 1 page covering your motivation why you would like to attend the Summer Academy). You will be notified until April 8th. The maximum number of Lüneburg participants is 10. +++ The European Summer Academy, enabled by the German Haniel Foundation, brings together MA students from five different European business schools and universities: the University of St. Gallen, the Copenhagen Business School, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Ca’Foscari University of Venice, and Paris Dauphine University. The Academy will have its base in Berlin. Thanks to the generous support of the Haniel Foundation, we can offer free accommodation as well as covering (train) travel to Berlin and back. Course content Contemporary discourses and practices around migration and fleeing and political reactions to the (mass) arrival of refugees have addressed and triggered an array of concerns. In scholarly terms, these entail reflections of the practice and experience of migration and mobility as key existential and conceptual phenomena; a sociology of arriving and of “arrival cities” (Doug Saunders); inquiries into the organization and management of forced migration and its effects; studies of migrant entrepreneurship and its economic and cultural networks; and of course the political questioning and negotiation of rightful reasons of migration and the adaptation of political and legal boundaries, for example in the form of the externalization of the European border. In this context, the European Summer Academy will investigate the organizational and entrepreneurial aspects, consequences and potentials of ‘migrant organizing’: For example, how are we to understand migration as entrepreneurial and organizational force, which is predicated on self-organization while being subject to socio-political forms of organization and governance? How do these organizational forces play out empirically in urban spaces, e.g. in the form of political actors, non-governmental organizations, artistic interventions, public and media engagement, populist interventions, and critique and resistance? How, then, does migration reorganize the cities we are living in, its imaginaries, practices, atmospheres? The Summer Academy is dedicated to understanding and exploring these organizational, managerial and entrepreneurial conditions, practices and concerns around migration and fleeing. To do so, we will apprehend and explore the city of Berlin as empirical site of organizing these conditions, practices and concerns: from protest movements to political initiatives, from dissensual scenes to sites of solidarity and care, from small-scale entrepreneurship to globalized diasporic networks, from bottom up initiatives to executive enforcement, from the historical embeddedness of migration in the urban landscape to contemporary interventions and reconfigurations. Joined by researchers of all participating universities as well as guests, we will jointly work towards an exhibition of the studentsʹ findings on migrant organizing. Course structure After an online kick-off session, the course is organized in five parts and runs over 5 full days, which consist of thematic discussions, guest lectures, preparatory methodological exercises, on‑site visits and fieldwork, project analysis and putting together an exhibit of findings. Part 1 consists of exploring the history and present of understanding the organization, management and entrepreneurship of migration. Part 2 consists of field work and empirical research based on specific organizational initiatives, processes and milieus around migration and fleeing. In Part 3, we develop empirical findings through literature research. Part 4 is for preparing and executing the exhibition, while Part 5 is setting up the exhibition and presenting the findings. Based on developing mixed groups from the various universities, the learning process centres on the fieldwork on or around migration-based projects and sites in the urban context of Berlin, which are both reflected conceptually and personally respectively by drawing upon the preparatory readings and group reflections.