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170231 PS Proseminar "Theatrale und mediale Räume" (2021S)

Theatre and Nation: Evolution and Challenges of Staging ‘European Identities'

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung
Do 20.05. 18:30-20:00 Digital



max. 40 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Donnerstag 11.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Donnerstag 18.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Donnerstag 25.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Donnerstag 15.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Donnerstag 22.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Donnerstag 29.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Donnerstag 06.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Donnerstag 27.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Donnerstag 10.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Donnerstag 17.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Donnerstag 24.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The main goal of the proposed seminar would be to provide its participants with broader and concrete knowledge concerning the theatrical phenomena of 'performing' national identities. It would also aim at fostering the knowledge of contemporary EU cultural policies. However, in its full scope, the seminar would in this way seek to stimulate active and critical interest in a more general theme of theatre's socio-political potential. Implementing other academic perspectives into the proposed research of the theme (history, sociology, cultural history, etc), the seminar would contribute to a wider cultural knowledge and competencies of its participants. In addition, it would in a great manner follow the basic guidelines stated in the official curricula of the studies by adopting and developing the analytical and comparative approach to the theme.

As Nadine Holdsworth explains, the theatre could be understood as "something intrinsically connected to the nation" as it "enhances 'national' life by providing a space for shared civil discourse, entertainment, creativity, pleasure, and intellectual stimulation." Put differently, besides providing audiences with focused leisure or artistic expression, the theatre also functions as a platform in which a certain communal body could discuss the principles of its communality established in its socio-political context. In the current European socio-political setting featured by simultaneous processes of producing/maintaining national identities as well as constructing a transnational or supra-national 'European identity', the question of how theatre represents these notions of common belonging becomes relevant for the understanding of its wider socio-political potential. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach and departing from the most relevant theoretical positions tackling the concepts of nation, national identity, and communal belonging, the main focus of this seminar will revolve around the question of how do these concepts actually occur in today’s theatrical practice. By discussing relevant theoretical works and analyzing available relevant productions, the seminar will aim at tackling the question of how is this 'European identity' performed, disseminated or contested through and by the theatre. More precisely, it would investigate the founding myths and symbols of this identity, focusing on its representational strategies and challenges. In addition, the seminar will also explore and discuss the main strategies of European cultural policies aimed towards defining the supra-national notion of 'Europeanness'.

The teaching methods used at the seminar would mostly consist of group analytical work of proposed texts and available video-material of the most relevant productions. The material would be distributed to the participants prior to the seminar, and would then be discussed on spot or in the context of Blended Learning), preferably in groups

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Active participation (in blended learning)
Oral presentation in groups: a concise overview of a specific chosen topic (20 min.)
Proseminar paper at the end of the semester (up to 40 000 characters with footnotes)

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Regular attendance (max. 3 unexcused absences)
Regular reading of the provided texts and sources (preparation for the course)
Group presentations (in English or German)
Proseminar paper (in English or German; title and expose should be handed in by 22.06.2021, the final version should be handed in by 30.09.2021)

The final grade is composed of the following partial performances:
- Proseminar paper (50%)
- Participation in the discussion/collaboration (25 %)
- Group presentation (25 %)
Each sub-performance must be graded at least satisfactory for the proseminar to be considered passed. The assessment of the partial performances is based on points.


The full content of the course. Additional materials will be placed on Moodle platform.


During each session, students will read about 20-30 pages of scientific literature both in English and German. Additional reading material will also be available per session, which could be advised for the final your proseminar paper. The reading material will be made available on the Moodle platform at the beginning of the course.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mi 21.04.2021 11:26