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Veranstaltungen von Postdoc Lydia Jorgensen


Atmospheres of Bureaucracy (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Lydia Jorgensen

Einzeltermin | Fr, 11.11.2022, 14:00 - Fr, 11.11.2022, 18:00 | C 14.201 | Kick-off
Einzeltermin | Sa, 12.11.2022, 10:00 - Sa, 12.11.2022, 14:00 | C 14.201 | .
Einzeltermin | Do, 24.11.2022, 16:00 - Do, 24.11.2022, 20:00 | C 40.530 Multifunktionsraum | .
Einzeltermin | Fr, 02.12.2022, 14:00 - Fr, 02.12.2022, 18:00 | Online-Veranstaltung | Online
Einzeltermin | Fr, 16.12.2022, 14:00 - Fr, 16.12.2022, 18:00 | C 14.201 | .
Einzeltermin | Fr, 03.02.2023, 14:00 - Fr, 03.02.2023, 20:00 | C 14.201 | .

Inhalt: The seminar aims to provide students with theories and concepts to critically examine the modulation and management of ‘atmospheres of bureaucracy’. The students are asked to conduct fieldwork-based analysis of atmospheres in/of bureaucracies, their affective constitution and consequences. Bureaucracies in many ways form the backbone of democratic rights and obligations in contemporary western societies, such as organizing elections, signing up for exams or providing welfare benefits. Following Weber’s seminal text on bureaucracies as rule based and impersonal, bureaucracies have tended to be portrayed as a rational way of organizing, that is affectively neutral. Yet, as Foucault argues, state 'governmentality' is intertwined with power relations and (self)disciplining humans. Taking a socio-cultural approach to bureaucracy, is a way to address the organization of affective relations and critically engage with e.g., the dehumanization of bureaucracy or recent neo-liberal reforms drawing on atmospheric qualities. Accordingly, this seminar seeks to investigate how bureaucracy is part of producing, inciting and organizing a complex set of affective relations, and asks how we can understand bureaucracies as an organizational atmospherics. Just consider how your interactions with the bureaucratic apparatus during the Corona pandemic have had you experience frustration, relief, anxiety, security, or something else. Or how these interactions have (affectively) resonated across societies and politically. At the level of these everyday practices, affective relations are made that shape our lives, but also evoke political reactions. Willed or not bureaucracies take part in organizing a sense experience, they make atmospheres emanate that condition and are conditioned at the same time. Atmospheres that accentuate power relations, which unfold as part of affective organizing and may raise questions of critique and resistance. Inquiring atmospheres of bureaucracy means studying how affective atmospheres play out in everyday interactions, documents, and spaces of bureaucracy. Investigating atmospheres of bureaucracy therefore articulates the configuration of social realities through sense experiences as a major force, how they are central in the socio-cultural development of society and how they may reflect political considerations. The seminar is dedicated to both understanding and exploring these developments. Its aim is to, conceptually and methodologically, equip students with a basic understanding of ‘atmospheres of bureaucracy’ as first and foremost an embodied and atmospheric phenomenon that can be manifested spatially, through everyday practices and encounters.

History of Cultural Studies and Its Methods I (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Lydia Jorgensen, Maximilian Schellmann

Einzeltermin | Do, 27.10.2022, 10:00 - Do, 27.10.2022, 12:00 | Online-Veranstaltung | Online
Einzeltermin | Fr, 18.11.2022, 14:00 - Fr, 18.11.2022, 20:00 | C 14.102a
Einzeltermin | Fr, 16.12.2022, 14:00 - Fr, 16.12.2022, 20:00 | C 14.102a
Einzeltermin | Fr, 27.01.2023, 14:00 - Fr, 27.01.2023, 20:00 | C 14.102a
Einzeltermin | Fr, 03.02.2023, 14:00 - Fr, 03.02.2023, 20:00 | C 14.102a

Inhalt: This is the English-language seminar accompanying the lecture series, however aiming at English-speaking students and with attention given to the situatedness of the main literature in a German context. Both course offerings concern the same topics and follow roughly the same texts, but each seminar-session will combine several texts. The seminar introduces historical cultural studies as an enterprise that is characterized to a particular degree by the reflection of its respective historical present. Their topics, questions, and specific approaches often go back to very different contemporary experiences of crisis, which have made seemingly fixed certainties precarious. The seminar assembles - not least against the background of again highly topical experiences of crisis - a series of those historical contemporary diagnoses in order to (1) to discuss cultural studies topics and methods in their diversity and to understand them in their socio-economic, political and cultural context (2) to thematize the interrelation of cultural-scientific modes of problematization and experiences of crisis, and thereby (3) to identify continuities as well as ruptures with regard to current questions and problems in cultural studies.