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Veranstaltungen von Dr. John Yves Pinder


Impolitical Theatre: Culture, Politics and Society in Modern World Drama (1938-1968) (Seminar)

Dozent/in: John Yves Pinder

14-täglich | Samstag | 10:15 - 13:45 | 16.10.2023 - 02.02.2024 | C 12.101 Seminarraum

Inhalt: This course focuses on how theatre critically represents modern social relations and particularly politics from the standpoint of 'culture' and its representatives (typically, humanist intellectuals and artists). The hypothesis underpinning this course is that this distinct way of representing society and politics, which I have called impolitical, exists across different socio-cultural contexts but emerges in the early to mid-twentieth century, a period marked by revolutions, student and civil rights movements and anti-colonial liberal struggles. The seminar is based on one strand of the seminar leader's current research examining North American, South Asian and European plays. For this year's seminar, students would have the opportunity to study North American texts including Ed Albee (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Lorraine Hansberry (The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window) and Richard Schechner/The Performance Group's Dionysus in 69 (an adaptation of Euripides' The Bacchae). The course invites students to discover and produce their own readings of canonic texts of world drama while reflecting on the place and critical function of 'culture' in society. Other seminar topics include feminism as well as nature and ecology. The following questions inform the seminar: 1. How does modern theatre represent society and politics from the standpoint of culture? 2. In what historical contexts is this form of theatre produced? 3. What kind of social critique does this kind of theatre produce? After engaging with theoretical and critical texts reflecting on the seminar's key notions and problems, the seminar will start exploring the dramatic texts and students will be invited to focus on 1 of the 4 plays based on their interests. They will articulate their own essay questions on that basis.

Introduction to Qualitative Social Research: Problems, Questions, Methods (Seminar)

Dozent/in: John Yves Pinder

14-täglich | Samstag | 10:15 - 13:45 | 28.10.2023 - 02.02.2024 | C 12.101 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Sa, 27.01.2024, 14:00 - Sa, 27.01.2024, 16:00 | C 12.101 Seminarraum

Inhalt: This seminar, which focuses on qualitative approaches to research, is conceived as a broad introduction to some of the basic considerations and questions relating to socially-oriented research. The seminar is participant-orientated and will support students in designing a research project of their choice (collective or individual) on a social issue of interest. As well as learning to situate, develop and design a research topic and formulate appropriate research questions, the participants will be introduced to a range of disciplinary/interdisciplinary approaches and methods including interviews, literature review, discourse analysis and observation. Key areas of discussion will include the relationship between science and disciplinarity, science and ideology but also the relation between science and social action conceived in a myriad of ways (for example, for policy contexts or for social movements). The seminar will also bring address the question of whether research is meant to solve social issues and/or help (re-)formulate these issues critically. The questions guiding the seminar are as follows: 1. How is social research developed, designed and conducted? 2. In which institutional contexts is social research conducted? 3. What the possible roles of social research in society? 4. What are the strengths and limits of different research methods? These questions and topics will be explored through the reading and discussion of different documents and academic texts as well as practical exercises, which will give participants a taste of the wealth of different contexts and ways in which research can be conducted. The course is ultimately geared towards helping participants articulate a research project, which they will present to the group at the end of the seminar.