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080051 SE Seminar: Imaging Europe: The Aesthetics of a Continent (2015W)

Continuous assessment of course work

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Details

max. 15 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 12.10. 11:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 3 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte UniCampus Hof 9 3F-EG-25
Monday 09.11. 11:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 3 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte UniCampus Hof 9 3F-EG-25
Monday 16.11. 11:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 3 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte UniCampus Hof 9 3F-EG-25
Monday 30.11. 11:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 3 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte UniCampus Hof 9 3F-EG-25
Monday 07.12. 11:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 3 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte UniCampus Hof 9 3F-EG-25
Monday 14.12. 11:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 3 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte UniCampus Hof 9 3F-EG-25
Monday 11.01. 11:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 3 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte UniCampus Hof 9 3F-EG-25

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This seminar emerges from the premise that one of the fundamental challenges of artistic practitioners and cultural institutions from the postwar period to the present has been to harness aesthetic materials to shape a uniquely European sphere that is still in the making and to envision new forms of sovereignty, publics, and models of citizenship within it. Conceived primarily as a way to prevent future border conflicts on the continent through economic, political, and cultural integration, the construct of ‘Europe’ initiated with the Schuman Plan of 1950, ratified by the Treaties of Rome of 1957, and reformulated in The Maastricht Treaty of 1992, envisioned the fabrication of novel singular and collective identities. In these treaties, Europe was not simply conceived as a territory, but also an “idea and a normative center” with political and ideological goals.

Artistic practices were either explicitly marshaled to this project by various constituencies (i.e., governments, commercial enterprises, museums and other cultural institutions) or implicitly navigated the stakes of a newly emerging geopolitical reality and its nascent publics. Using specific case studies, this seminar focuses on the way that artistic production and consumption from the post-war period to the present, has been confronting and producing plural fictions of ‘Europe’ by the intertwinement of formal means with a constellation of contingent issues related to the dynamics of modernity and advanced capitalism.

Our central question will be to analyze and theorize how aesthetic forms and materials intersect, mediate, and give shape to such complex questions like the 1) tensions between national and supra-national representations of identity and between ‘universal’ and ‘particular’ representations of ‘the people’; 2) problem of borders, divisions of Europe along north-south / east-west axis, and shifting dynamics between 'center' and 'periphery' ; 3) representations of ‘others’ in the European Community whether gender, race, religion, or class; 4) relation between histories of colonialism and narratives of modernity.

Issues such as difference, diaspora, postcoloniality, immigration and citizenship, statelessness and exile, economic and technological inequities will also inform our discussion

Assessment and permitted materials

The final grade consists of attendance and participation in class meetings and discussion (weighting of 10%), evaluation of the seminar presentation (weighting of 30 %) and the written paper (weighting of 60 %). In order to pass the seminar, all sections must receive a positive assessment.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The aims of the course are to 1) situate aesthetic practices and narratives of modernity, modernism, and contemporary art in relation to the histories and theories surrounding the construction of 'Europe' ; 2) engage with the issues raised by these aesthetic practices along multidisciplinary pathways, including urban geography, sociology, cultural studies, feminist criticism and gender studies, postcolonial theories, and political philosophy; 3) introduce students to methods, models, and theories for the critical analysis of modern and contemporary art.

Examination topics

This is a conceptually and theoretically driven seminar that approaches the study of contemporary art as an expanded and entwined constellation of representational artifacts, discursive objects, and material practices. Within this multidisciplinary constellation, we will be attentive to the ways in which artistic production relates and responds to forces, techniques, and effects of power and is implicated in the constitution of new subjectivities.
Specific pedagogical methods include: Close textual and visual analysis; class discussions, oral and written components, field trips.

Reading list

A bibliography will be distributed at the initial session.

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