Course Schedule


Master Colloquium (Kolloquium)

Dozent/in: Armin Beverungen, Ben Trott

Einzeltermin | Do, 19.10.2023, 14:15 - Do, 19.10.2023, 17:45 | C 6.026 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Do, 07.12.2023, 14:15 - Do, 07.12.2023, 19:45 | C 40.601 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Fr, 08.12.2023, 10:15 - Fr, 08.12.2023, 17:45 | C 40.530 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Fr, 19.01.2024, 08:15 - Fr, 19.01.2024, 17:45 | C 40.530 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 two meetings of the Master Forum, Armin Beverungen and Ben Trott 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. We will also explore together a number of specific issues commonly confronted by those carrying out research: how to use inclusive language, and whether or not to do so when writing about institutions or milieu marked by exclusion; whether or not to quote passages of text which use racist language, and why; how to deal with the terminology which is widely used in historic texts but is no longer in use or has a different meaning today; and what to consider when drawing on translations of primary texts, and when translating passages oneself. Rather than attempting to provide definitive answers or solutions to these issues, the instructors will give some examples of how they and others have approached these problems in their own work – and some of the difficulties involved in doing so. Plenty of space will be provided for critical reflection on these and other issues. Students are invited to sign up to present an outline of their MA thesis in subsequent meetings of the Master Forum, with presentations set to take place in English. Several dates are available to choose from, distributed throughout the semester. 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.

Masterforum (Kolloquium)

Dozent/in: Beate Söntgen, Christina Wessely

wöchentlich | Mittwoch | 12:15 - 13:45 | 16.10.2023 - 02.02.2024 | C 5.325 Seminarraum

Inhalt: Das Masterforum dient der Vorbereitung bzw. Begleitung der Masterarbeit. Als Grundlage der mündlichen Präsentation des Konzepts der Masterarbeit (ca. 20 Minuten) ist bis spätestens 2 Tage vor Ihrer jeweiligen Präsentation ein Papier auf mystudy hochzuladen, das auf ca. einer Seite ein Abstract des Arbeit enthält, aus dem Thema, These und Fragestellung deutlich hervorgehen, außerdem eine erste Gliederung sowie die fünf wichtigsten Publikationen zum gewählten Thema.