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Study Program SoSe 2021

Kulturwissenschaft, B.A.

Modul 1 - Ethnologie

12 Credit Points (2 Semester)
Course numberTitle of eventLecturer
09-50-M1-S1 / OnlineEnglish Seminar for Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology (in English)

Seminar (Teaching)

weekly (starts in week: 1) Tue. 14:00 - 16:00 Online (2 Credit hours)

This complementary seminar to the lecture “Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology 2” is held in English language. It has been especially designed to offer students the opportunity to begin their studies in anthropology and cultural research in English.
Like all other seminars accompanying the lecture, it aims at giving a historical introduction into the development of the concept of culture and anthropological research. Throughout the semester, we will be discussing authors such as Tyler, Boas, Malinowski, Geertz, Foucault, Bourdieu, Latour, Strathern and Hannerz, and their key contributions to anthropological thought.
The seminar provides a space to work with the texts, discuss the concepts in a friendly, student-focussed atmosphere. It aims at enhancing your understanding of the material and skills in critical reading, researching literature and writing in different styles (reading summaries, glossary articles and essays).
At the same time, this seminar provides the opportunity to improve your English skills in reading, writing and discussing academically in this field.
There are no requirements regarding the level of language proficiency needed. However, participants should be interested in doing the exercises in English.

Strathern, M. (2013). Feathers and shells: learning to see. In: Learning to See in Melanesia. Lectures given in the Department of Social Anthropology, Cambridge University, 1993-2008. HAU-Masterclass Series, Bd. 2, hg. von HAU – Society for Ethnographic Theory, University of Manchester., pp. 21-53.
Boas, F. (1974) [1887]: A Year Among the Eskimo. In: George W. Stocking, Jr. (ed.): A
Franz Boas Reader. The Shaping of American Anthropology, 1883-1911. Chicago und
London: The University of Chicago Press, pp. 44-55.
Malinowski, B. (2002) [1922]. Argonauts of the Western Pacific. New York: Routledge
Lévi-Strauss, C. (1967) [1958] The Story of Asdiwal, In: Edmund Leach (ed.) The Structural Study of Myth and Totemism, New York: Routledge, pp. 1-48
Geertz, C. (1973) Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture, In: The Interpretations of Cultures, New York: Basic Books.
Foucault, M. (1998) [1967]. The Will to Knowledge. History of Sexuality Vol. 1, transl. Robert Hurley, London: Penguin Bookds
Bourdieu, P. (1986). The forms of capital, In: Richardson, J., Handbook of Theory and Research for the Sociology of Education. Westport, CT: Greenwood, pp. 241–58.
Latour, B. (1993). We have never been modern, transl. Catherine Porter, Cambridge (MA): Harvard University Press.
Hannerz, U. (1989). Notes on the Global Ecumene, Public Culture 1 (2): 66-75

Dr. Ulrike Flader

Modul 6 - Methodenmodul 2

6 Credit Points
Course numberTitle of eventLecturer
09-50-M6-1 / HybridSpoken Words: Creative Interviewing and Analysis (in English)

Seminar (Teaching)

weekly (starts in week: 1) Wed. 10:00 - 12:00 (2 Credit hours)

Interviewing is one of the most central and most commonly used methods in cultural research and nevertheless often underestimated regarding the knowledge, effort and skills which are needed in order to actually understand, conduct and analyse them properly.
The M5 seminar which you completed in the previous semester has provided you with a broad overview of different qualitative methods. This seminar gives you the opportunity to extend and deepen this knowledge. It is designed to enhance your research skills by exploring different forms of creative interviewing techniques on the one hand, and by focusing more on the actual analysis of interview data, something that often falls short in the M5 seminars. This seminar offers you the possibility to extend the research project you have conducted for your previous M5 seminar or to develop a new project.
This seminar serves to improve your interviewing skills by discussing theoretical and practical aspects, the difficulties and ethics of these different styles of interviewing. We will discuss creative techniques of ethnographic interviewing, such as narrative interviews, life history interviews, walking interviews as well as interviews animated by diaries, objects, photos and vignettes. The seminar also explores the forms of data which can be generated with each of these styles of interviewing and their specific characteristics, and provides you with hands-on training into how to code, interpret and write-up the material you gathered.
This seminar will be conducted in English. There are no requirements regarding the level of language proficiency needed. However, participants should be interested in doing the exercises in English.

Agar, M. H. 1980. The Professional Stranger. San Diego: Academic Press
Andrews, M., Squire, C. and Tamboukou, M. (eds) 2008. Doing Narrative Research. London: Sage
Bernard, Russell H. 2011. Research Methods in Anthropology: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches (5th ed.), Plymouth: AltaMira
Burgess, R.G. 1990. In the Field. An Introduction to Field Research, London: Routledge
Gilham, B. 2005. Research Interviewing. The range of techniques. Maidenhead: Open University Press
Gubrium, T. et al. (eds.) 2012. Sage Handbook of Interview Research. The Complexity of the Craft (2nd ed.), London: Sage
Madison, D. Soyini. 2005. Critical ethnography: Method, Ethics, and Performance. Thousand Oaks: Sage Press
Mason, Jennifer 2002. Qualitative Researching. 2nd edition. London: Sage
Somekh, B. and Lewin, C. (eds.) 2005. Research Methods in the Social Scienes, London: Sage
Kvale, S. 2007. Doing Interviews, London: Sage
Roulston, K. 2010. Reflective Interviewing. A Guide to Theory and Practice. London: Sage

Dr. Ulrike Flader

Modul 8/9 - Schwerpunkt

2 x 9 Credit Points (M 8 u. M 9 je 9 CP bei 4 SWS) für Profilfach & Komplementärfach

A) Ethnologie

Course numberTitle of eventLecturer
09-50-M89-A5 / OnlinePublic Anthropology (in English)

Seminar (Teaching)

weekly (starts in week: 1) Wed. 16:00 - 18:00 (2 Credit hours)
Prof. Dr. Götz Bachmann

B) Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaft

Course numberTitle of eventLecturer
09-60-M8/9-CRegulating the Digital Public Sphere - Regulating Hate (in English)

Seminar (Teaching)

weekly (starts in week: 1) Tue. 12:00 - 14:00 Online (2 Credit hours)

Jens Pohlmann
09-60-M8/9-DConspiracy Theories in Times of Deep Mediatization (in English)

Seminar (Teaching)

weekly (starts in week: 1) Tue. 10:00 - 12:00 Online (2 Credit hours)

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Radde-Antweiler

General Studies B.A.Kulturwissenschaft

Besonders geeignet für Studierende des B.A. Kulturwissenschaft

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Course numberTitle of eventLecturer
09-50-GS-2 / OnlineRacism, Coloniality and Space - Kooperation mit der Off-University und dem New University in Exile Consortium (in English)

Seminar (Teaching)

weekly (starts in week: 1) Fri. 16:00 - 18:00 (2 Credit hours)

It has been more than half a century since the last vestiges of formal empires were dismantled in the postwar context yet the notion of coloniality continues to frame our understanding of power across the world. “Racism, Coloniality and Space” opens up a platform for intellectual engagement to explore the stubborn relationship of racism as a spatial configuration of coloniality of power in different spatial settings. In this course, we tackle this relationship with a focus on three themes. First, we discuss how European colonialism still shapes our cartographic perspective of power relations in the world in the Global South and transnational diasporas. Second, we turn to the ghetto and el barrio as both colonial and futuristic spaces of African American and Latinx communities in the United States and discuss how racism and coloniality meet in urban spaces of the Global North. Third, we move to the Middle East as the ultimate Other of the West with a discussion on racism against Kurds in Turkey and Turkish cities. The goal of the course is to inform the participants about the interaction between structural racism and coloniality in contrasting spatial settings. Participants will explore this relationship to discuss alternative paths of politics that challenge contemporary forms and representations of coloniality.

Aim The course serves two objectives. The first one is to discuss the relationship between coloniality and racism as spatial categories. The second objective is to contextualize this relationship in historical cases.

Student Learning Outcomes 1. Gaining abilities on how to think critically and analytically on racism 2. Thinking the racism, coloniality and space from different disciplinary perspectives 3. Developing presentation skills 4. Gaining confidence in critical writing


Anibal Quijano & Immanuel Wallerstein (1992). Americanity as a concept, or the Americas in the Modern World System, International Social Science Journal, 134, 549–552
Anibal Quijano (2010) Coloniality and Modernity/Rationality, Cultural Studies, 21: 2,168 — 178.
Neil MacMaster (2001) Racism in Europe, 1870-2000. Palgrave, pp. 1-26. (Introduction: The Roots of Modern Racism)
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (1997) Rethinking Racism Toward a Structural Interpretation, American Sociological Review, 62 (3), 465–469
Castles, S. & Kosack, G. (1972). The Function of Labour Immigration in Western European Capitalism. New Left Review, 1(73).
Douglas S. Massey and Nancy A. Denton (1993) American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass; Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press (Chapter 2-Construction of Ghetto, p. 17-59)
Max Felker-Kantor (2020) Policing Los Angeles: Race, Resistance, and the Rise of the LAPD; Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press (Chapter 1-Introduction the Police Power, Chapter 2-Policing Raceriotland: A Journey into Racist Policing and Urban Uprising, p. 1-18, p. 19-42)

Utku Balaban
Güllistan Yarkin
09-50-GS-5Filmmaking (in English)

Seminar (Teaching)

weekly (starts in week: 1) Wed. 14:00 - 18:00 GW2 A4120 (4 Credit hours)
Dipl.-Ing. Bernd Bullwinkel