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Harald Fischer-Tiné: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2016

Name Prof. Dr. Harald Fischer-Tiné
FieldThe History of the Modern World
Institut für Geschichte
ETH Zürich, RZ G 24
Clausiusstrasse 59
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 69 15
DepartmentHumanities, Social and Political Sciences
RelationshipFull Professor

851-0101-18L"Bollywood and Beyond" - A Cultural History of Indian Cinema in the 20th Century3 credits2VH. Fischer-Tiné
AbstractThe Indian film industry has been around for 100 years and is one of the richest and miost variegated of the world. The lecture reconstructs the historical development of Indian cinema and uses it as a lens through which cultural, social and political change in the subcontinent can be explored.
ObjectiveThe objectives of this course are three-fold. For one, the participants shall learn to question aesthetic cetainties and received modes of perception of cinematographic art. Secondly they will be acquainted with the huge potential of films as a historical source to grasp processes of social and cultural change. Besides, the reconstruction of the international career of a specific variety of art and entertainment will also raise important questions of cultural globalisation and consumerism. As a side-effect, a sit were, the students will will also be provided with important insights into the chequered history of the Indian subcontinent in during the course of the 20th century.
LiteratureZur Einführung:

DWYER, Rachel, 'Bollywood's India: Hindi Cinema as a Guide to Modern India', Asian Affairs, 41 (3), 2010, pp. 381-98.

VIRDIK, Jyotika, The Cinematic Imagination: Indian Popular Film as Social History, New Brunswick, NJ and London: Rutgers University Press, 2003.
Prerequisites / NoticeA detailed course description and session plan will be available from 15 Sept 2013 onwards at
853-0725-00LHistory Part One: Europe (The Cradle of Modernity, Britain ca. 1789-1939) Information 3 credits2VH. Fischer-Tiné
AbstractUsing the concrete example of Britain, the "cradle of modernity", this lecture offers a survey and analysis of the crucial historical transformations that engendered "modernity" in Europe from the late 18th to the mid 20th centuries.
ObjectiveAt the end of this lecture course, students can: (a) highlight the most important changes in the "long nineteenth century" in Europe (b) explain their long-term effects; and (c) relate these changes to global developments.
ContentThe thematic foci include: the economic and social consequences of the industrial revolution, the genesis of political ideologies and social movements, shifts in gender roles, colonialism and imperialism, as well as the emergence of consumerism and a "leisure society."
Lecture notesPower Point Slides and sources will be made available at POLYBOX in the course of the semester.
LiteratureMandatory and further reading will be listed on course plan that is made available before the first session.
862-0078-02LResearch Colloquium. Extra-European History and Global History (HS 2016)
For PhD students and postdoctoral. Masterstudents are welcome.
2 credits1KH. Fischer-Tiné, M. Dusinberre
AbstractThe fortnightly colloquium provides a forum for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers to present and discuss their current work. Half of the slots are reserved for presentations by invited external scholars.
ObjectivePhD students will have an opportunity to improve their presentation skills and obtain an important chance to receive feedback both from peers and more advanced scholars.