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070075 UE Guided Reading Contemporary History - Archipel. 20th century Europe on Tenerife (2021S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Continuous assessment of course work
Mo 26.04. 15:00-19:00 Digital



max. 25 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

This guided reading will take place in single and double sessions and will be held roughly every two weeks. Please make sure to take check the dates, they can be looked up here on u:space.
This guided reading will be held online. If the pandemic situation allows for it we can organize presence meetings according to the current standards of hygiene as well.
Please make sure you have access to a computer with microphone and camera and a sufficient internet connection. The seminar will be held with turned on cameras.
Attendance is compulsory.

Monday 01.03. 15:00 - 17:00 Digital
Monday 15.03. 15:00 - 17:00 Digital
Monday 12.04. 15:00 - 19:00 Digital
Monday 10.05. 15:00 - 19:00 Digital
Monday 31.05. 15:00 - 19:00 Digital
Monday 14.06. 15:00 - 19:00 Digital
Monday 28.06. 15:00 - 17:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

2018 the German price for the best book of the year (Deutscher Buchpreis) was awarded to Inger-Maria Mahlke for her novel "Archipel". It tells the history of Europe of the "long" 20th century from the peripheral perspective of the Spanish island Tenerife. Parting from reading this novel we will approach Spanish history and discuss it against the backdrop of the wider European context. Among others, we will discuss international trade relations and governance, the processes of creating the nation-state and biopolitics, we will dip into the history of the "big ideologies" of the 20th century, the shifts in center-periphery dynamics after the end of World War II and, finally, talk about the previous economic crisis (2008) with the responses of young people, as in indignados and occupy Wallstreet.
Apart from this journey through the history of the 20th century in Europe we will also consider the different possibilities novels and academia have to access history.
It is mandatory to read the novel as well as the extensive seminar literature which will be partly in English partly in German. Sufficient command of both languages is, therefore, essential for passing this course. People who are able to read Spanish texts are very welcome.
The course language will be German but can be changed to English if the participants feel comfortable with that.

Assessment and permitted materials

- Active participation in course discussions (60% of the grade)
- Summaries and response papers every session
- Feedback on papers of peers
- Mandatory seminar readings

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

- For every class: Read and analyse the seminar literature, write a brief summary or rather a responsepaper (mx. 2.000 characters incl. blanks, excl. footnotes) which includes a question with regard to the text.
Submission deadline is always on Wednesdays.
- Mandatory literature will be extensive!
- Feedback on papers of peers
- Attendancy is mandatory including active participation in course discussions (60% of final grade)
- Research of media coverage
- Concluding reflexion on the seminar contents (2.500 characters incl. blanks, excl. footnotes)

Examination topics

All relevant literature will be accessible in the library of the Institute of Contemporary History. Please take care to get the novel yourself. There is one copy available in the library of the Institute for German Studies and then, the public library of the City of Vienna disposes of several copies.
The softcover edition is 12,- Euro.

Reading list

All relevant literature will be accessible in the library of the Institute of Contemprorary History or via u:search.

Introductory literature:
Martin S. Alexander, Helen Graham, The French and Spanish Popular Fronts. Comparative Perspectives, Cambridte 2002.
Dirk van Laak, Literatur die Geschichte schrieb, Göttingen 2011.
Michael Mann, Fascists, Cambridge, New York 2004.
James W. Martin, Banana Cowboys. The United Fruit Company and the Culture of Corporate Colonialism, Albuquerque 2018.
Michael Seidman, Republic of egos: a social history of the Spanish Civil War, Madison 2002.
Benjamin Tejerina Montaña, Ignacia Perugorría (Hg.), Crisis and social mobilization in contemporary Spain. The 15M movement, London, New York 2018.

Association in the course directory

AER: Zeitgeschichte, Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Europaforschung, Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte, Frauen- und Geschlechtergeschichte.
BA Geschichte (Version 2012): PM Vertiefung, Guided Reading (4 ECTS).
BA Geschichte (Version 2019): M5 Vertiefung, UE Guided Reading (5 ECTS).
BEd UF GSP (Version 2014): UF GSP 03 Aspekte und Räume 1, Guided Reading zu einem Fach (4 ECTS).

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