Seminar: Aufbaumodul: Kulturwissenschaft I - Slavery in a Transatatlantic World: Debates and Testimony - Details
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Course name Seminar: Aufbaumodul: Kulturwissenschaft I - Slavery in a Transatatlantic World: Debates and Testimony
Course number ANG.05272.04
Semester SoSe 2023
Current number of participants 23
expected number of participants 30
Home institute Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Courses type Seminar in category Offizielle Lehrveranstaltungen
First date Tuesday, 18.04.2023 08:15 - 09:45, Room: Seminarraum 12 (R.2.40) [EA 26-27]
Pre-requisites keine
Learning organisation seminar + home study of primary and secondary sources
Performance record Prüfungsleistung: term paper
Studienleistung: required reading; project proposals
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Rooms and times

Seminarraum 12 (R.2.40) [EA 26-27]
Tuesday: 08:15 - 09:45, weekly (14x)
(SZ 36 Mel)
Thursday, 11.05.2023 12:00 - 14:00
(HS 1)
Wednesday, 28.06.2023 18:00 - 20:00

Module assignments


Course Description
This course is concerned with the realities and the legacy of slavery in a transatlantic world. We are going to explore the different agents involved in the trade in order to clarify the enormous extent to which colonial Europe was implicated in this system that boosted and was part of modern-day capitalism. Further¬more, we will give special attention to the testimonies of the enslaved, their experience, and agency, in order to turn away from a binary concept of active enslaver and passive enslaved. Finally, we are going to explore the ongoing legacy of enslavement, its traces in modern society on a social, political and economic level as well as the way it is being commemorated. In the end, it should become apparent how much the Western world has been shaped by colonialisms’ power dynamics and how today’s society is still implicated and far from being de-colonized. Students will study all of this via secondary and primary sources during the course. At the end, they will have to design research projects of their own, in order to explore aspects of transatlantic slavery and its legacy in more depth.

• Design of a research question within the field of cultural studies that addresses an issue of slavery in a transatlantic context.
• oral presentation and discussion of your research question during the semester, including projected corpus and methodology

Term paper that answers your research question. Deadline Sept. 30, 2023.

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Admission settings

The course is part of admission "Anmeldung gesperrt (global)".
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • Admission locked.