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Veranstaltungen von Dr. John Yves Pinder


Performing Culture and Societies (Seminar)

Dozent/in: John Yves Pinder

14-täglich | Freitag | 10:15 - 13:45 | 18.10.2021 - 04.02.2022 | C HS 4 (Umbau HS-Gang bis 30.09.22) S. Kommentar

Inhalt: This seminar opens a space of reflection on the varying and evolving relationship between culture and societies in capitalist modernity. Identity and symbolic meaning-making will come to bear on the discussion. However, for this seminar, culture denotes mainly intellectual and artistic production and its transmission through cultural (artistic and educational) institutions. The aim of the seminar will be to examine the function of cultural institutions and practices in social reproduction and in fostering a space for critical thinking. In parallel, the seminar will explore how culture and its institutions are determined by historically changing and geographically uneven and variable socio-economic and political forces. The questions guiding the seminar include the following: 1. What role(s) do culture and cultural institutions play in reproducing social relations and values? 2. How do changing political economic relations determine cultural institutions? 3. How might cultural institutions be considered sites where social values are affirmed, negotiated and contested? 4. To what extent can cultural practices and institutions open a space for envisaging or effecting social change? To explore the seminar's key ideas, questions and themes, the seminar will draw on texts, both historical and more recent, from continental and British cultural theory. While the seminar will invite students to explore and draw on a range of historical and geographic examples, the exploration will be anchored in discussions of well-known and relatable institutions and practices, such as museums and exhibitions, schools and universities, or even media and communication. The seminar will also draw attention to the embodied aspects of the questions and problems raised above.

Research: Formulating or Solving Social Problems? (Seminar)

Dozent/in: John Yves Pinder

14-täglich | Dienstag | 16:15 - 19:45 | 25.10.2021 - 04.02.2022 | C 11.308 | Beginn: 2 Semesterwoche

Inhalt: This seminar provides a general introduction to social research in the arts and humanities. Participants will be introduced to a range of methodological considerations, problems and approaches, although the focus will be primarily on qualitative approaches to research. A broad range of disciplines and approaches within the arts and humanities could be considered as 'social'. Despite this diversity and real differences between and within disciplines, social research might be defined nominally as the investigation of material and symbolic relations in given socio-historical and geographic context(s). In parallel to learning how to do research, the seminar will consider how research/science shapes and is shaped by its socio-historical and institutional contexts. Thus, the seminar will inquire into the relation between science and technique, science and ideology, but also into the issues of disciplinarity and cross-disciplinarity. Finally, the seminar will also examine the relations and tensions between research for social critique, on the one hand, and practice-orientated and applied research (for example research aimed at solving social problems in policy contexts, in civil society or even social movements), on the other. The following questions will guide the inquiry: 1. What is a research problem and how to articulate one? 2.What methods can be used to conduct social research? 3. How do research and science practices relate to the socio-historical contexts within which they are produced? 4.What roles can research and science play in society?