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From Stalinism to Pepsi-Cola. European Pop Culture in the Twentieth Century.

Dr. Mark Keck-Szajbel / Alexander Simmeth, M.A.


BA-Kulturwissenschaften 1b
Modul 2/3b: Kulturgeschichte-Vertiefung
Modul 2/3b: Sozialwissenschaften-Vertiefung
MEK: WM Mittel- und Osteuropa als kultureller Raum
MICS, MASS: Wahlmodul Migration, Ethnicity, Ethnocentrism
MICS: Wahlmodul Culture, History and Societies in Central and Eastern Europe
KGMOE Kernmodul Räume – Grenzen - Metropole
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3/6/8/9 ECTS

Friday/Saturday 10:00 - 14:00 Uhr
13/14 June, 27/28 June, 11/12 July, 18/19 July

1. Veranstaltungstermin: 13 June

Angaben zu Blockseminaren:
Students MUST preregister by 6 June. Reading requirement for the first seminar.

Ort: Stephanssaal

Despite the emergence of cultural history as a major field of historical analysis, it has been difficult for students to grasp how cultural artifacts and their authors affect historical change. As the recent death of Václav Havel and Nelson Mandela clearly show, political leaders’ and dissidents’ role in altering history is easily understood. But particularly in the case of communism—where authorities controlled not only cultural policy but the secret police apparatus—students do not understand the impact of the “little things” like mini-skirts or filter cigarettes. If the Trabant was so important, how did it lead to revolution?
This seminar focuses on pop culture in East and West Europe. It is designed as both an overview of post-War European cultural history, as well as an in depth analysis of cultural artifacts. The seminar is designed as being part lecture and part practical seminar. We will read and discuss secondary literature on cultural history, but particularly focus on source analysis. We will “get our hands dirty” through discussion of music, newspaper articles, cartoons, etc. Students will be expected by the end of the seminar to choose their own cultural artifact for analysis. The seminar is also in conjunction with an international workshop scheduled for July at the Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies. At the conclusion of our seminar, students will have the opportunity to meet and discuss with international scholars of the field about the effect of cultural artifacts on history.

Literatur: Judt, Tony. Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945. Random House UK, 2010.

Hinweise zur Veranstaltung: This seminar is open to everyone, but basic knowledge of twentieth century European history is desired. Please read Tony Judt’s Postwar if you feel insecure. Also, since it is a compact seminar, unexcused absences will not be tolerated.

Leistungsnachweis: Hausarbeit/Referat

Teilnahmevoraussetzungen: Advanced knowledge of English. This class will be full, and there is limited seating available. Register BEFORE 6 June at No exceptions.

Sprache: English