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144018 UE M7: European Cultural History (2020W)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Saturday 24.10. 09:45 - 16:30 Seminarraum i2/3 (islam) Schenkenstraße 8-10 EG
Saturday 21.11. 09:45 - 16:30 Digital
Saturday 30.01. 15:00 - 20:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

A glance at the literature on "European cultural history" shows that there is no such thing as European history. Rather, we find ourselves confronted with diverse perspectives. Moreover, "European cultural history" is actually about different national historiographies, even if the term "European" gives the impression of having something in common. In this seminar, the main aim will be to work out together, openly and critically reflecting on the point of view from which (cultural) histories are told and what is left out. Furthermore, it will be discussed which normality is generated by dual thinking "European" and "non-European" and what role this normality still plays in the present.
What insights would a non-dualistic way of thinking (Josef Mitterer) lead to if "European" and "non-European" were thought together and shared stories were told in this way. This question is to be discussed by way of examples in the following subject areas: "histories of the European Enlightenment", "histories of religion", "histories of migration", "Orientalism" etc.
Thematic introduction by the head of the LV, written comments that will be discussed during the attendance time. Deepening through impulse lectures.

Assessment and permitted materials

Oral: active participation in seminar discussions, keynote speeches
In writing: 2 short text comments (3-4 pages) during the semester

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Presence at all 3 block units. Preparation of the topics and two short written comments during the semester. Each of these (approx. 25 %) is included in the assessment. Impulse presentation with handout (approx. 60 %). Active participation in discussions is also positively included.

Examination topics

see above

Reading list

is communicated in the first introductory unit, selected texts are made available in Moodle.

Association in the course directory


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