International Blended Learning Seminar
The international MA seminar with participants from Lucerne, Paris, Cologne, Berlin, Nijmegen and Warsaw focuses on the analysis of practices and narratives of memory with regard to Europe’s colonial past. The construction, public usage, contestation and transformation of memory regarding European imperialism, colonialism and decolonisation by different agents in the public sphere, especially museums, monuments, art, the media and political agents will be approached systematically. Against the background of postcolonial theories and theories on memory, the seminar aims at deconstructing blind spots in past and present constructions of European and national memories, on their mechanisms of exclusion that foster(ed) and perpetuat(ed) images of the ‘other’, of racism, discrimination and violence. Comparative perspectives on different national contexts and their entanglements are specifically analysed.
The international seminar presents a unique opportunity to collaborate with students from other European countries. Apart from a digital classroom and live seminars, the exchange of ideas, reflection about texts and analysis of primary sources in focused small international groups is central to the seminar, leading to specific scientific output in various formats (e.g. short collaboratively elaborated papers, blog posts, online live presentations, videos, podcasts etc.). If the situation permits, from November 22 (noon) to November 24 (noon), a Workshop will be organised in Brussels with the House of European History and the Royal Museum for Central Africa.
- English is the main language of communication.
- Participants are in principle MA students in the study programmes of the six partner Universities.
- Modes of teaching and communication:
- collaborative work in groups with outputs in various possible formats (papers, videos, podcasts)
- group discussions in live online seminars
- if the situation permits: two-day workshop in Brussels, 22-24 November (trip and accommodation financed)
- Students will acquire 3 ECTS for participation and activities during the semester. Additional ECTS are possible in relation to additional work done according to the requirements of the respective University.
- Semester dates: October 11 to December 19, 2021.
The number of participants is limited. Please contact the respective Professor of your University.