Universität Wien FIND

070154 SE Seminar - Barbarians, Infidels and Noble Savages (2018W)

Stereotypes and Inter-cultural Perception in the Early Modern Period and Beyond

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

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

8.10.18-26.11.18; Mo, 13.30-15.00, Hörsaal des IOG,
Workshop am So.2.12. 14:00-19:00 und Mo. 3.12. 8:30-14:30 im Hörsaal des IOG

Monday 08.10. 13:30 - 15:00 Hörsaal des Instituts für Osteuropäische Geschichte UniCampus Hof 3 2R-EG-07
Monday 15.10. 13:30 - 15:00 Hörsaal des Instituts für Osteuropäische Geschichte UniCampus Hof 3 2R-EG-07
Monday 22.10. 13:30 - 15:00 Hörsaal des Instituts für Osteuropäische Geschichte UniCampus Hof 3 2R-EG-07
Monday 29.10. 13:30 - 15:00 Hörsaal des Instituts für Osteuropäische Geschichte UniCampus Hof 3 2R-EG-07
Monday 05.11. 13:30 - 15:00 Hörsaal des Instituts für Osteuropäische Geschichte UniCampus Hof 3 2R-EG-07
Monday 12.11. 13:30 - 15:00 Hörsaal des Instituts für Osteuropäische Geschichte UniCampus Hof 3 2R-EG-07
Monday 19.11. 13:30 - 15:00 Hörsaal des Instituts für Osteuropäische Geschichte UniCampus Hof 3 2R-EG-07
Monday 26.11. 13:30 - 15:00 Hörsaal des Instituts für Osteuropäische Geschichte UniCampus Hof 3 2R-EG-07
Sunday 02.12. 14:00 - 19:00 Hörsaal des Instituts für Osteuropäische Geschichte UniCampus Hof 3 2R-EG-07
Monday 03.12. 08:30 - 14:30 Hörsaal des Instituts für Osteuropäische Geschichte UniCampus Hof 3 2R-EG-07

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Course description
Stereotypes are always wrong. So are prejudice and cliché. And yet, they often appear uncomfortably true. And they tell us a lot about ourselves. How have the images of foreign cultures emerged and developed in the course of history? Many present-day stereotypes have their origins in the early modern period. In order to contribute to our understanding of the appearance, persistence, and disappearance of cultural images, this course traces the ways in which peoples have described other peoples and themselves,
exploring the interconnections between stereotyping and a set of themes, including, amongst others, travel writing, European expansion, the Enlightenment, Vampires, map-making, power and politics, law, religion, folklore, borders, and cultural
perception. The course is taught in tandem between the University of Vienna and CEU and will culminate in a one-day student conference in Vienna (3 December) where the participants from both universities will have the opportunity to engage with original source materials and to present their readings of stereotypes in a workshop setting.

Learning outcomes
• a critical understanding of the range of historiographical debates about early modern stereotypes and their modern legacies
• an understanding of the relative merits and demerits of a range of comparative interpretations of inter-cultural perception
• a critical understanding of the emergence and use of stereotypes in historical perspective
• an ability to read and prepare for discussion complex readings of both primary sources and secondary literature across disciplines
• present their analyses and arguments clearly and concisely in accordance with the scholarly conventions of historical writing and oral presentations

Skills that will be practiced and developed
• communicate ideas and arguments effectively, in an accurate, succinct and lucid manner.
• present research in a workshop/conference setting
• justify arguments and conclusions about a range of topics with appropriate supporting evidence
• an ability to modify one’s own position and carefully consider alternative arguments
• an ability to think critically and challenge (one’s own) assumptions
• time management skills and an ability to independently organize their own study methods and workload to deliver course work on time.
• work with others as part of a group in seminar discussions and a university exchange

Assessment and permitted materials

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students are expected to complete the readings and be prepared to discuss them in class.
Students will be assessed by means of a combination of class participation (20%), short reading presentations of three distinct discussion questions to stimulate and sustain an intellectual conversation related to the weekly readings (20%), and the presentation of a source discussion, informed by the course readings, at the workshop in Vienna.
Students will develop the workshop presentation into a Final Research paper of 10 pages in length, Times New Roman, 1.5-spaced, font 12 (60 %). The Final Research Paper is due on 21 December 2018. Please consult with the professor early and submit
a topic, primary source, and research question for your workshop presentation and final paper on 29 October.

Examination topics

Reading list

M. Beller, J. Leerssen, Imagology: The Cultural Construction and Literary
Representation of National Characters (New York, 2007).
• A useful survey is EGO Redaktion (several authors), ‘The Formation of
Models and Stereotypes in Intercultural Transfer Processes’, European
History Online (EGO). [Available on http://ieg-ego.eu/en/threads/models-andstereotypes].
• C. Tileaga, J. Byford, eds. Psychology and History: Interdisciplinary
Explorations (Cambridge, 2014).
• G. Abbattista, ‘European Encounters in the Age of Expansion’, European
History Online (EGO) Available on: eu/en/threads/backgrounds/european-encounters/guido-abbattistaeuropean-
encounters-in-the-age-of-expansion
.

Association in the course directory

Dipl. LA: Vertiefung 1 oder 2 (6 ECTS); MA Geschichte (Wahlbereich PM4) (6 ECTS); ID MA Osteuropastudien M3.1 (6 ECTS)

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