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Cultures in Transition: Europe 1985-2004

Dr. Mark Keck-Szajbel / Dr. Alexander Simmeth

Montag, 15:00-18:00 Uhr
Block: 6.06.-15.07.2016
1. Veranstaltungstermin: 6.06.2016
Termine: 6.6., 13.6., 20.6., 27.6., 4.7., 11.7.
Raum: Stephanssaal (Postgebäude)
MA-Seminar, 3/6/9 ECTS
ALT: MEK Europäische Wissenskulturen und Kunste // MEK Mittel- und Osteuropa als kultureller Raum // MICS Culture, History and Societies in Central and Eastern Europe // KGMOE Menschen – Artefakte – Visionen // MASS Wirtschaft und Kultur //
Master of Arts Literaturwissenschaft: Ästhetik – Literatur – Philosophie Optionsmodul
NEU: MEK Mittel- und Osteuropa als kultureller Raum // MEK Optionsmodul: Transdisziplinäre Kulturwissenschaften // MSKK Optionsmodul: Transdisziplinäre Kulturwissenschaften // KGMOE Menschen – Artefakte – Visionen // KGMOE Optionsmodul: Transdisziplinäre Kulturwissenschaften // MASS Optionsmodul: Transdisziplinäre Kulturwissenschaften // Master of Arts Literaturwissenschaft: Ästhetik – Literatur – Philosophie Optionsmodul: Transdisziplinäre Kulturwissenschaften

The focus of this course is “Cultures in Transition.” It focuses on different aspects of everyday life and society in Europe, and shows how ideas circulated from place to place before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. It asks, in a nutshell, when socialist citizens spoke of the “West,” did they envision America or the West as a model? What did a future utopia look like for citizens of the East? Of the central questions affecting politicians, artists and the youth in such changing societies was how to be authentic in a world of neo-liberal capitalism and in the aftermath of goulash communism. How did governments and companies change tactics in order to best captivate a new community of consumers? It focuses primarily on history, but the scope ranges from economics to anthropology. It is an attempt to explain the ways culture changed after the Iron Curtain fell.


  • Daphne Berdahl, The Social Life of Post-Socialism

Hinweise zur Veranstaltung:
Since readings will be overwhelmingly in English, fluency in English is a requirement. Written work can be in alternative languages. Students must enroll by May 23 at for the first readings!

Reading responses and (depending on ECTS) an essay based on a specific topic in consultation with the instructor.

Firm familiarity with Post-World War II European history.