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Introduction to Cultural Studies and its Political Legacy (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Christoph Brunner

Einzeltermin | Fr, 15.01.2016, 14:00 - Fr, 15.01.2016, 19:00 | C 12.015 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Sa, 16.01.2016, 10:00 - Sa, 16.01.2016, 15:00 | C 5.310 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Fr, 22.01.2016, 14:00 - Fr, 22.01.2016, 19:00 | C 5.311 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Sa, 23.01.2016, 10:00 - Sa, 23.01.2016, 15:00 | C 5.311 Seminarraum

Inhalt: The first part of this module (“Introduction to Cultural Studies and the Sociology of Culture”) outlines a historical understanding of cultural studies’ multidisciplinary heritage and its specific relations and differences to sociologies of culture. The second part will critically investigate cultural studies concepts such as class, race, gender or hegemony in relation to contemporary cultural phenomena. The aim is to understand cultural studies’ specific historical context and to trace its impact on contemporary cultural theories. In this part the difference between cultural studies and sociologies of culture will be further explored in relation to the specific studies of everyday life and their political-economic conditions. British Cultural Studies as a program of analysis but also a political practice will help to understand the paradigmatic shift of the relation between theory, politics and life as cultural studies’ most striking achievement and challenge for contemporary cultural theory.

Introduction to Cultural Studies and Sociology of Culture (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Christoph Brunner

Einzeltermin | Fr, 13.11.2015, 14:00 - Fr, 13.11.2015, 19:00 | C 5.326 (ICAM)
Einzeltermin | Sa, 14.11.2015, 12:00 - Sa, 14.11.2015, 17:00 | C 5.310 Seminarraum

Inhalt: This seminar deals with the emergence and impact of British Cultural Studies on the broader field of cultural theory. Similar to the rise of German “Kulturwissenschaften”, as a set of different disciplinary approaches analyzing cultural phenomena, British Cultural Studies significantly influenced what culture and cultural theory as political terms signify. While there are several labels under which cultural studies functions in academia, this seminar will investigate the particular relation between theory and political practice in the British context. The novelty and most striking impact of British Cultural Studies resides in its rigorous rethinking of social and political dimensions of everyday life and its attempt to deploy theory itself as practice. A first part will focus on the early (Marxist) influences and their coupling with the political climate in the UK from the 1950s (Robert E. Park, Louis Althusser, Stuart Hall, Raymond Williams). We will specifically look at the intersections and differences between cultural studies and sociologies of culture (Emil Durkheim, Gabriel Tarde, Max Weber, Howard S. Becker).