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070006 VU Women's and Gender History - Women and the Holocaust: a Critical Gender History (2020W)

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Continuous assessment of course work

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Details

max. 50 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 06.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 3 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 5 Hof 3
Tuesday 13.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 3 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 5 Hof 3
Tuesday 20.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 3 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 5 Hof 3
Tuesday 27.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 3 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 5 Hof 3
Tuesday 03.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 3 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 5 Hof 3
Tuesday 10.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 3 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 5 Hof 3
Tuesday 17.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 3 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 5 Hof 3
Tuesday 24.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 3 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 5 Hof 3
Tuesday 01.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 3 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 5 Hof 3
Saturday 12.12. 10:00 - 17:00 Hörsaal III NIG Erdgeschoß
Tuesday 15.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 3 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 5 Hof 3

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Aims:

Learning the history of a European genocide; applying the category of gender in Holocaust studies; methodology and ethics of writing a history of gender and sexuality of the Holocaust

Contents:

How did the Holocaust change the gender roles of affected men and women, and how were women and men relevant for the Holocaust? This course follows two goals: First, it will introduce students to Nazi Germany’s project to systematically murder Europe’s Jews and other minorities during the Second World War. Second, the seminar shows how distinct aspects of this genocide can be examined through the lense of gender and sexuality history. The course introduces students to classic and newer scholarship on gender and sexuality in the Holocaust, while at the same time presenting a history of the Holocaust and divergent perspectives of victims, perpetrators, and bystanders. We will study the effect of historical events on men and women both as individuals and as groups. Moreover, we will discuss factors of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, class, and generation, focusing on the Holocaust as an instance of intersectionality. This course also analyzes how and why violence and trauma are narrated and represented artistically in gendered tropes. Finally, this course provides a friendly yet challenging forum for independent thinking, discussing, and analytic reading and writing.

The course combines close work with scholarly literature and published sources, introducing students to the historiographic themes over the course of time. Make sure you read and think about the assigned readings before each class meeting in order to participate in the discussion. The course will consist of various readings, discussions, lectures, presentations, films, and written assignments. This is an upper-level seminar. Previous knowledge of modern European history/studies is preferred but not necessary; I will provide a short introduction for each topic.

Methods:

Short introductory lecture; student presentations; intensive seminar disussion.

Assessment and permitted materials

student presentation 20%
active collaboration 20%
essay 60% (50,000 characters, including footnotes and excluding bibliography)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

regular attendance, especially in unit 1 and 2.
at least 50% of the maximal grade for the essay

Examination topics

see above

Reading list

Doris Bergen, The Holocaust: A Concise History, arbitrary edition.

Marion Kaplan, Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999).

Dalia Ofer und Lenore Weitzman, Hgg. Women in the Holocaust (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998).

Association in the course directory

AER: Frauen- und Geschlechtergeschichte
BEd UF GSP: UF GSP 11 Wahlbereich (6 ECTS).
MA Geschichte (Version 2014): PM4 Wahlbereich (6 ECTS).
MA Geschichte (Version 2019): PM4 Individuelle Schwerpunktsetzung (6 ECTS).
Interdisziplinäres MA Zeitgeschichte und Medien (Version 2016): M4b Wahlbereich, Bereich Zeitgeschichte (6 ECTS).
Interdisziplinäres MA Zeitgeschichte und Medien (Version 2019): PM4b Wahlbereich, Bereich Zeitgeschichte (6 ECTS).

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