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GESS Compulsory Elective Course Information
Only the topics listed in this paragraph can be chosen as GESS compulsory elective course
853-0726-00LHistory II: Global (Anti-Imperialism and Decolonisation, 1919-1975)W3 credits2VH. Fischer-Tiné
AbstractThe lecture will give an insight into the formation of anticolonial nationalist movements in Asia and Africa from the beginning of the 20th century onwards and discuss the various dimensions of dismantling of colonial empires.
ObjectiveThe lecture will give students an insight into the history of the non-European world, looking specifically into the political, economic, social and cultural transformation on the backgrounds of colonial penetration strategies and the resistance of anti-colonial movements. The aim is to show that societies in Asia and Africa are not just the product of colonial penetration or anti-colonial resistance, but that both aspects influenced the present political, economic, social and cultural perception of these parts of the world to a considerable extent. A nuanced knowledge of the long and arduous process of decolonisation is hence important to understand today's geopolitical constellation, still characterised by the struggle for a just post-imperial world order.
LiteratureJansen, J.C. und Osterhammel, J., Dekolonisation: Das Ende der Imperien, München 2013.
Prerequisites / NoticeA detailed syllabus will be available from Feb 15th 2014 at
851-0101-07LScience and Colonialism
Does not take place this semester.
W3 credits2SH. Fischer-Tiné
AbstractThe course explores the multifaceted entanglements between inperialism and science. It provides a detailed anlaysis of the relevance colonial constellations had for the rise of disciplines such as geography, anthropology, botany, tropical medicine, "race science", etc.
ObjectiveThis course is designed to enable students to critically contextualise the production of scientific and technological knowledge. Besides, it aims at making them understand complex theory-oriented writings in the humanities and social sciences and become acquainted with the method of advanced historical source analysis.

COHN, Bernard, Colonialism and its Forms of Know¬ledge The British in India, Delhi 1997, S. 3-15.

BALLANTYNE, Tony, ‘Colonial Knowledge’, in: S. Stockwell (Hg.), The British Empire: Themes and Perspectives, Malden-Oxford-Carlton, 2008, S. 177-197.

FISCHER-TINE, Harald, Pidgin-Knowledge: Wissen und Kolonialismus, Zürich-Berlin 2013.
Prerequisites / NoticeA detailed syllabus will be available from Feb 15th 2015 at
851-0101-45LReligious Fundamentalism and Religious Violence: Global Perspectives (1850-2001 Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 30.
W3 credits2SH. Fischer-Tiné
AbstractWarum tritt Religion im 20. Jahrhundert so häufig im 'fundamentalistischen' Gewand auf? Warum ist sie so oft mit Intoleranz, Militanz und Gewalt gekoppelt? Im Seminar werden zunächst einige theoretische Erklärungsmodelle diskutiert. Anschliessend wird der Themenkomplex "Fundamentalismus und religiöse Gewalt" an einer Reihe von Fallstudien aus den USA, dem Mittleren Osten und Asien untersucht.
ObjectiveIn der Veranstaltung setzen sich die Studierenden mit der historischen Genese eines der dringendsten Probleme des 21. Jahrhunderts auseianander: religiösem Fundamentalismus und religiöser Gewalt. Sie sollen zunächst mit der Entstehungsgeschichte des Begriffes Fundamentalismus im christlich-konservativen Milieu in den USA vertraut werden und Einblick in aktuellen kritischen Debatten um das Konzept erhalten.
Eine kritische Reflexion des Begriffsapparates steht sodann im Mittelpunkt der Fallstudien aus Asien und dem mittleren Osten, die immer zugleich auch ein Grundverständnis der betreffenden Religion vermitteln und somit zu einem differenzierteren Verständnis der aktuellen Phänomene beitragen sollen.
851-0101-38LThe Birth of a World Religion - Introduction to the History of the Sikhs and Sikhism, c. 1500-2000W2 credits1VH. Fischer-Tiné
AbstractThe first part of the course offers a glimpse of the theology and liturgy of Sikhism, an Indian faith that was long seen as part of Hinduism. The following sessions put the historical development of the Sikh community under scrutiny - from the days of founder Guru Nanak in 15th C to Sikh separatist terrorism in the 1980 and 90s.
ObjectiveAs an exemplary case study of the kind of transformations religious traditions undergo in modern times, this course is designed to make students reflect on processes of homogenisation and exclusion that go in tandem with religious community building.
LiteratureIntroductory Literature

NESBITT, Eleanor. Sikhism: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford 2005.
Prerequisites / NoticeA detailed syllabus will be available from Feb 15th 2014 at
851-0549-11LAdvanced Course History of TechnologyW3 credits2SD. Gugerli, H. Mangold
AbstractThis course deals with the patterns and forms of surveillance in late modernity (police, population registers, human resource departments, customer programs, monitoring, market analysis, social media).
ObjectiveIn a blended learning environment (7 classes, 5 online lessons), participants are learning how to deal with theoretical concepts and archival reality checks (both digital and analogue) and are writing a scientific contribution to the history of technology of the knowledge society.
Lecture notesA detailed program and course materials will be made available during the semester on
Prerequisites / NoticeWe recommend the course for students who have participated in the history of technology WebClass.
851-0554-04LCultural and Scientific History of East-AsiaW2 credits2VV. Eschbach-Szabo
AbstractThis course deals with the cultural and scientific history of East-Asia. It comprises lectures on new research work on stagnation and innovation in different fields: it is an overview of history and an introduction into the Chinese writing system, philosophical concepts and their influence on various cultural phenomena and scientific areas of natural sciences in China, Japan and Korea.
ObjectiveThe Cultural and Scientific History of East Asia

The lecture on the cultural and scientific history of East Asia is intended as an introduction to the cultural and scholarly history of China, Japan and Korea. Cultural and scientific developments may have different origins. Although East Asia and the West have never functioned as separate entities, there are certain distinct characteristics concerning cultural understanding and different levels of development of stagnation and innovation.

The Chinese writing system was adapted in different countries. The same canonical texts are known in Japan and Korea. Firstly an overview of history and an introduction into philosophical concepts as Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto, and Buddhism will be presented in order to point out there influence on various cultural phenomena and scientific areas: rites, gardening, architecture, calligraphy, Mathematics, Biology, Medicine, Astrology and Astronomy and modern technical developments.

It is intended for everyone, to gain a basic insight into this specific region and to enable students to do research on scientific topics in East Asia.
ContentIntroduction, Early Chinese History
Confucianism and the reading of a text of Confucius in Chinese
Further development of the Chinese Writing System in East Asia
Cultural and scientific contacts between China and Europe
Buddhism, garden
Taoism, Medicine, Astrology
Christian influences in East Asia
Modern China and Japan
Concepts for Person, Gender
Intercultural communication
Globalization and East Asia
Language policy and writing technology
Lecture notesLecture notes, handouts will be available for purchase at the cost of reproduction for the most lectures.
LiteratureNeedham, Joseph: Science and Civilisation in China. Abridged by Colin A. Ronan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1978.
851-0812-06LHeureka III: Men in Antiquity: Biographies, Roles, CareersW2 credits2VC. Utzinger, M. Amann, B. Beer, A. Broger, F. Egli Utzinger, R. Harder
AbstractA Lecture Series on Ancient Greece and Rome and Their Impact on Later Periods
ObjectiveInsights into some important fields relating to private life in antiquity (childhood, carriers, women, slaves, economy, death).
ContentUnsere Kultur und die wissenschaftliche Tradition haben eine lange Geschichte. In den vorangehenden Vorlesungsreihen wurden wichtige Themen wie Architektur, "Physik", Technik (Heureka I) und Mythologie/Religion (Heureka II) herausgegriffen, und es wurde versucht, die Verwurzelung unserer heutigen Gesellschaft in der Antike verstehbar zu machen. In der aktuellen Reihe sollen die Menschen der römischen Antike im Zentrum stehen: "Unsere Welt, die Welt des 21. Jahrhunderts, unterscheidet sich in zahllosen Aspekten von der des alten Rom, nicht zuletzt in unseren Einstellungen und Erwartungen." (R. Knapp)
Anhand von Lebensbildern von Menschen verschiedener sozialer Gruppen werden historische, soziokulturelle, wirtschaftliche, rechtliche und philosophische Aspekte herausgearbeitet und vorgestellt.
Die Vorlesungsreihe gliedert sich in sechs thematische Module (1-6). Am Ende steht eine Lernzielkontrolle:
Sitzung 1-2 (Modul 1): Kindheit und Bildung (Leben der Kinder, Unterrichtswesen)
Sitzung 3-4 (Modul 2): Karriere (Laufbahnen von Männern in Verwaltung und Militär)
Sitzung 5-6 (Modul 3): Frauen (Leben der Frauen: Ehe, Schwangerschaft, Geburt)
Sitzung 7-8 (Modul 4): Sklaverei (Leben der Sklaven; Rolle der Sklaverei)
Sitzung 9 (Modul 5): Landwirtschaft, Handwerk und Handel
Sitzung 10-11 (Modul 6): Alter und Tod (Leben von alten Menschen, Rolle der Ärzte, Umgang mit dem Tod)
Sitzung 12: Lernzielkontrolle; Evaluation
851-0101-44LHistory of Sexuality as Global History of the 19. and 20. CenturyW3 credits2GR. Kramm-Masaoka
AbstractThe lecture gives an introduction to the history of sexuality from a global history perspective. It deals with topics such as sex and the body, sexual identities, sex and empire as well as prostitution and sex trafficking. The history of sexuality will be discussed as a possibility to analyze global entanglements as well as regional and historical specifics.
ObjectiveThe lecture offers an outline of the core themes, approaches, and theories of the history of sexuality. On the basis of secondary literature and historical materials, students will study issues and perspectives in the historiography on sexuality. Sexuality will be discussed in its connection to analytical categories of gender, class, and race (intersectionality) to rethink certain concepts and images of sexuality and the body. By contextualizing the history of sexuality globally, entanglements and differences between various regions of the world will be highlighted and discussed.
851-0544-05LEnergy Transformations: History and PresentW2 credits2VM. Gisler
AbstractSince Fukushima Energiewende (energy transformation) is on everyone's lips. Technical and economic considerations, however, dominate the discourse while social dimensions are neglected. In this course we focus on the social challenges by linking the current energy transformation with former ones.
ObjectiveOver the last 150 years the energy basis of our society has fundamentally shifted. Not only did energy supply and demand increase manifold but also technology, property and organization as well as industrial use and private consumption changed in profound ways. Students get familiar with both the long-term transformation of our energy basis and short-term phases of irreversible change. By this, they become aware of the historical dimension and the social challenges of today's Energiewende.
Prerequisites / NoticeNachträgliche Aufnahme in den Kurs ist nicht möglich. Falls Sie an der ersten Sitzung verhindert sind, müssen Sie sich vorgängig melden.
851-0512-04LOral History: Theories and Exercices on Reliability of Memory Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 30.
W3 credits2UG. Spuhler
AbstractAccounts of contemporary witnesses are an important source for history. But the reliability of memories and the credibility of individuals have to be reviewed critically. During the course we look into theoretical concepts of several academic disciplines which have to certify oral accounts and we test their usability with exercises.
ObjectiveThe first part of the course deals with the results of the latest research concerning the memory of individuals. In addition we want to learn, how the humanities, medicine and jurisprudence try to certify oral accounts. The production of "credibility" has also to be regarded as a construction of discourse. In the second part we will test several concepts of verification oral accounts by using some of the about 1100 audio documents of contemporary witnesses, which are preserved by the Archives of Contemporary History.
851-0535-09LRegional Politics of the Arabian PeninsulaW2 credits2KE. Manea
AbstractThe course explores the complex nature of politics and history of the Arabian Peninsula. It takes a closer look at the political systems of several countries of the Arabian Peninsula, especially Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Oman and Bahrain.
ObjectiveTo highlight how the politics of the Arabian Peninsula is a product of two spheres: politics within states and politics between states.

Introduce the Arabian Peninsula as a political unit, but not a homogeneous one

An overview of the type of political systems prevalent in the region,
religious Denominations, sectarian rivalry, and how this shape its regional relations
ContentThe neighbouring states of the Arabian Peninsula - especially Saudi Arabia, Oman and Yemen - make for strange bedfellows. They are governed by different systems with different results, calling into question how their internal policies affect regional relations and vice versa. Saudi Arabia is a monarchy, a prosperous, religious and restrictive state increasingly facing problems of social/politica unrest. Oman is a small, thriving, stable sultanate, modernised and moderate but tightly controlled; and the republic of Yemen, which has the region's poorest economy, has still not shrugged off the legacy of its turbulent modern history. Each state adheres to a different Islamic sect, moreover, and though their populations are overwhelmingly Arab, differing tribal structures result in widely variant effects on the political process in their respective systems. Each state has also had extensive historical relationships with the Ottoman and British empires, the US and Russia, and these too have coloured regional relations. Recent events like the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, the American-led invasion of Iraq and the Arab uprisings of 2011 have also influenced these states' internal policy decisions, further affecting their dealings with one another and at with the world at large. This course examines each country in detail, from state formation to current affairs and from local to international government.
051-0364-00LHistory of Urban Design II Information W2 credits2VV. Magnago Lampugnani
AbstractThe lecture covers the time from the beginning of urban culture until the mid 19th century. With selected examples it emphasizes on the historical plannings and methods of European cities. Each specific urban development will be presented within a broader context.
ObjectiveThis course analyzes the history of urban architecture primarily in its existing three dimensional form as a complex human artefact. It also explores the inspirations that prompted the creation of this artefact: philosophical and religious concepts, social conditions, property relationships and the mechanisms that exploit the economics of real estate and the influence of building technology. Intellectual, literary or artistic modes of thought will also be assessed with regard to their impact on urban development. Urbanism has its own distinctive approach as a discipline, but it is also clearly responsive to the influence of related disciplines. Study is made of actual cities and urban expansion plans which are in the process of implementation, as well as unrealized projects and visions of the future. These projects sometimes illustrate ways of thinking that are equal to, or clearer than, actual urban situations.
ContentThe immense urban changes of the 19th century are presented along with their impacts on the developments until the interwar period.

19.02. Company Towns in Great Britain during the Industrial Revolution: The social utopia city concepts of Robert Owens and Charles Fourier

26.02. Garden Cities for tomorrow: Ebenezer Howard and the green alternative for the metropolis

05.03. Civilized wilderness and City Beautiful: from Frederick Law Olmsteds park movement to the urban planning of Daniel H. Burnham

12.03. Antagonists in the shadow of the 'Ringstrasse': the 'infinite city' of Otto Wagner, the artistic urban development of Camillo Sitte and the 'retrogressive utopia' of Adolf Loos

26.03. 'Impressionistic' city architecture: Hendrik Petrus Berlage and the School of Amsterdam

02.04. Urban design of the Beaux-Arts movement, modern classical period and a socialist skyscraper: The Cité Industrielle of Tony Garnier and the Gratte-Ciel in Villeurbanne

16.04. Ideas of the city in the radical avantgarde movement: futurism in Italy and constructivism in the postrevolutian Soviet Union

23.04. 'walkinglines' of pedestrians and 'movinglines' of the traffic: The modernization of the City of Berlin

30.04. The 'Lebensreform' movement, the 'crown of the city' and the housing schemes of the 'Neue Sachlichkeit'

07.05. Satellite town versus 'Superblock': New Frankfurt and Red Vienna
Lecture notesTo each lecture an overview is listet within a script (two semesters of the bachelor studies), that can be purchased at the chair for the history of urban design (HIL D 75.2) at the price of SFR 35,-. The script serves as an auxiliary means to the attended lecture compiling the most important illustrations showed and the names and dates of the buildings and its builders along with a short introductory note.
LiteratureFurther recommended literature to consult is listet within the script.
Prerequisites / NoticeUrban architecture from antiquity till the 19th century
051-0332-00LHistory of Art and Architecture II Information W4 credits4GI. Heinze-Greenberg, M. Markschies
AbstractIntroduction and outline concerning the history of art and architecture from the Age of Enlightenment to the beginnings of the modern era. (Dr. Ita Heinze-Greenberg)

Introduction and outline concerning the history of art and architecture of the Middle Ages. (Prof. Dr. A. Markschies)
ObjectiveAcquirement of basic knowledge of the history of art and architecture, resp. of methodical basic knowledge of historical working.
ContentIn the Spring Semester the emphasis is on the main tendencies of Western architecture since the Age of Enlightenment: classicism, romantic and historicist architecture, the reform movements of the late 19th century as well as the modern architecture in the years preceding the Great War. Special attention will be given to the impact of the era's socio-political developments - Industrial Revolution and Colonialism - on architecture.
By studying exemplary architecture, significant positions and relevant building types of that period a basic knowledge of architectural history will be imparted. The history of architecture is regarded as a part of a comprehensive history, in which the architectural concepts will be discussed within their cultural, political and social correlations. (Dr. Ita Heinze-Greenberg)

The second section of the lecture provides a historical outline of medieval architecture in France. (Prof. Dr. A. Markschies)
Lecture notesZu beziehen im Sekretariat der Professur Tönnesmann.
051-0312-00LHistory of Art and Architecture IV Information W3 credits2VL. Stalder
AbstractThe two-semester course offers an introduction to the history and theory of architecture from the industrial revolution up to now. Based on current questions a variety of case studies will be discussed.
ObjectiveThe aim is to give an overview on crucial events, works of art, buildings and theories since the beginning of the 19th century up to now. The course should enhance the comprehension of historical and theoretical issues, and allow the students to localize their own practice within a broader historical context.
ContentThe subject of this lecture course is the history and theory of architecture since the beginning of the 19th century up to now. It examines the architectural answers to the changing technical inventions and social practices. Consequently, the focus will be less on individual architects or buildings than on various themes that determined the architecture of the period.
Lecture notes
851-0300-39LLiterature and Science in Exile 1933-1945W3 credits2VA. Kilcher
AbstractThe banishment of scientists and artists by National Socialism altered the cultural and intellectual profile of literature and science both in Germany and in the numerous countries of exile.
ObjectiveThis lecture argues that the exile of many writers, publicists and scientists caused some of the most influential shifts in literature and science during National Socialism.
Not only are course participants provided with knowledge concerned with historic-political aspects of exile from 1933 to 1945; but they are also confronted with changing paradigms in thinking and writing of literature as well as of science that have been affected by exile. Moreover the lecture pursues the question whether there is a specific manner of exile writing (a 'culture' or a 'poetology of exile').
Basic sourcebook: Deutsche Literatur im Exil 1933-1945. Texte und Dokumente. Stuttgart: Reclam 2003. (=UB 9865).
851-0300-90LRace, Class, Gender: Cultural Knowledge by Thomas MannW3 credits2SA. Kilcher, A. Totzke
AbstractThe seminar focuses on the cultural knowledge by Thomas Mann. In the narrations of Thomas Mann the controversial categories race, class gender can be analysed. It is characterised in his works by ambivalent conceptions of alterity and minority. In their analysis stereotypical character descriptions are also going to be considered as their discourse-historical backgrounds.
ObjectiveDetermine aspects of cultural studies in literature as alterity, ethnicity, gender constructions, Religion.
Training problem-based circumvention with literature and its social functions.
Drafting on category-typological and narratological foundations. Critical examination of research positions and developing own research focus.
ContentThomas Mann war wie kaum ein anderer Autor ein geradezu manischer Interpret seines eigenen Schaffens. Die Forschung orientierte sich jahrzehntelang an den Selbstkommentaren des Autors und so dominierten textimmanente und biographische Interpretationen. Im Gegensatz dazu will dieses Seminar Manns Werk unter kulturwissenschaftlicher Perspektive beleuchten und dabei auch neue theoretische Zugänge (Diskursanalyse, Postcolonial/ Gender Studies u.a.) fruchtbar machen. Die Komplexität der Texte kann nicht allein auf die Intention des Autors zurückgeführt werden, da ein literarischer Text als Teil eines durch bestimmte Regeln und Konventionen geprägten Diskurses zu verstehen ist. Deshalb widmet sich das Seminar schwerpunktmäßig den Diversitätskategorien Race, Class und Gender, die zunächst theoretisch untersucht und anschließend auf die Texte Thomas Manns bezogen werden. Manns Erzählwerk zeichnet sich durch ambivalente Alteritäts- und Minoritätsdarstellungen aus: So finden sich beispielsweise stereotyp gezeichnete Figuren wie die des Börsianers oder des kapitalistischen Unternehmers, die u.a. mit antisemitischen Klischees verbunden werden und dem um 1900 entworfenen Typus des erfolgreichen "jüdischen Parvenüs" entsprechen. Auch die Repräsentationen weiblicher und/ oder als geschlechtsspezifisch untypischer Protagonisten soll kritisch untersucht werden. Im Hinblick auf die Darstellung der Frauenfiguren spricht die Forschung von einer misogynen Tendenz, die sich vor allem im Motiv der horror feminae zeige: Im tradierten Bild der femme fatale manifestiert sich die (männliche) Angst vor dem weiblichen Geschlecht. Auffällig ist zudem, dass Figuren mit "unmännlichen" Eigenschaften in Manns Erzählwerk zumeist auch ökonomisch scheitern, so dass Parallelen zu repressiven zeitgenössischen Wirtschaftsdiskursen gezogen werden können. Das Hauptaugenmerk liegt jeweils auf der Frage, ob die Texte Manns die stereotypen Diskurse bloß affirmieren oder diese auch subversiv unterlaufen. Ziel des Seminars ist demnach, den kritischen Blick der TeilnehmerInnen auf repressive Ordnungskategorien wie Geschlecht, Ethnie und soziale Klasse zu schulen.
LiteratureZur Vorbereitung des Seminars wird die Lektüre der frühen Erzählungen empfohlen (Textgrundlage: Große kommentierte Frankfurter Ausgabe, Band 2.1: Frühe Erzählungen 1893-1912).
Prerequisites / NoticeGerman
851-0300-89LBelieving and Knowing: Religion within Popular Culture
Does not take place this semester.
W3 credits2V
AbstractThe course discusses various social scientific and cultural studies' analyses of the role of religion within (post)modern societies. These theoretical approaches are confronted with a variety of popular cultural "texts" (film, comics, literature, art). Which interrelations exist between religion and other ways of knowledge or in as far can popular culture be regarded as a medium of the religious?
ObjectiveThe course aims towards a better understanding of the complex functions of the religious within modern societies of knowledge while at the same time it attempts to detect and describe different forms of the religious within popular cultural media. Furthermore a variety of theoretical approaches towards the religious from the social sciences, cultural studies and philosophy will be critically examined.
ContentTwo decades ago Pierre Bourdieu stated a "new definition of the religious field" with regard to different observations, which still claim validity: These comprise the crisis of institutionalised religions, the concurrent return of the religious outside the big churches and persuasions, the spread of fundamentalism, the extensive absence of the religious as topic of the cultural elites within Western countries as well as the transformation and replacement of religious traditions by other cultural practices and forms, especially by popular culture.
On the background of this diagnosis on contemporary culture the task of critical cultural studies should be to examine and evaluate the significance of these transformations of religions with regard to the often-postulated "societies of knowledge". As "the other of reason" religion and popular culture form a strained connection to rationalism. At the same time seems the assumption of an ever-increasing secularisation of modern societies in the light of these observations to have become obsolete. With the catchphrase of the "post-secular society", academia and public opinion respond likewise to the challenge of this paradigm.
The course examines in a first step the validity or usefulness of various social scientific and cultural studies analyses of the function of religion within modern or post-modern societies (a.o. Luckmann, Bourdieu). These approaches will then be confronted with texts of different popular cultural media (film, comics, literature, art). Which reciprocity exists between religion and other forms of knowledge and in as far can popular culture be regarded as medium of the religious? For instance Noël Carroll emphasises the affinity of popular culture towards universal emotions and norms, which can be regarded as an aspect of the religious. Apparently religion offers over-arching patterns of orientation, which can determine everyday routines as well as putting different corpuses of knowledge into wider frameworks of interpretation. "Believing and knowing" therefore stand less for a dichotomy than rather for a complex relation of reciprocal influences.
LiteraturePierre Bourdieu, Die Auflösung des Religiösen, in: ders., Rede und Antwort, Frankfurt am Main 1992

Frank Thomas Brinkmann, Comics und Religion: das Medium der "neunten Kunst" in der gegenwärtigen Deutungskultur (Praktische Theologie heute, Bd. 44), Stuttgart 1999

Noël Carroll, A philosophy of mass art, Oxford 1998

Hans-Martin Dober, Filmpredigten, Göttingen ²2011

Clifford Geertz, Dichte Beschreibung. Beiträge zum Verstehen kultureller Systeme, Frankfurt a. M. 1995

Hans-Martin Gutmann, Der Herr der Heerscharen, die Prinzessin der Herzen und der König der Löwen. Religion lehren zwischen Kirche, Schule und populärer Kultur, Gütersloh 1998

Thomas Hausmanninger, Verschwörung und Religion, München 2013

Jörg Herrmann, Sinnmaschine Kino. Sinndeutung und Religion in populären Filmen (=Praktische Theologie und Kultur, Bd. 4), Gütersloh 2001

Inge Kirsner/Michael Wermke (Hgg.), Religion im Kino. Religionspädagogisches Arbeiten mit Filmen, Göttingen 2000

Dies./Olaf Seydel/Harald Schroeter-Wittke (Hgg.), Überzeichnet - Religion in Comics, Wuppertal 2010

Thomas Luckmann, Die unsichtbare Religion, Frankfurt a. M. ²1993

Johann Baptist Metz, Kleine Apologie des Erzählens, in: concilium 9/1973, S. 329-333

Iris Poßegger/Sven Bretfeld, Von Thangka bis Manga. Bilderzählungen aus Asien, Leipzig 2012

Jutta Wermke (ed.), Comics und Religion: eine interdisziplinäre Diskussion, München 1976
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course is connected to the former courses "Comics. Forms and Functions of a Text and Image Relationship" (HS 2012) as well as to "Knowledge and Emotions" (HS 2013). Their visit however is no prerequisite for the attendance.
851-0306-04LWhy do we (not) need God? Answers from Theology, Philosophy, Science, Literature and CultureW3 credits2SE. Edelmann-Ohler
AbstractQuestioning the conception of God and defining his relevance for modern society is no longer the exclusive responsibility of theology. Not least the "return of religion" in post-secular societies scrutinizes "God" in areas like brain-research, politics, ethics or as "makeweight" of science.
ObjectiveStudents are familiar with concepts of "God" from different disciplines and can describe the forms and contents of these concepts
ContentDie Kluft zwischen Naturwissenschaft und Religion wird heute in den verschiedensten Disziplinen am Beispiel Gottes diskutiert. Während im "New Atheism" Gott und damit Religion als potentielle Quelle von Fundamentalismus gegenüber einer ausschließlich als rational privilegierten naturwissenschaftlichen Erkenntnis abgewertet wird, ist "Gottes Existenz" innerhalb neurobiologischer und psychologischer Modelle weniger umstritten, vielmehr wird hier mit wissenschaftlichen Mitteln nach dem "Ort Gottes" im menschlichen Gehirn gesucht. Im Kontext von Politik und Ethik wiederum wird das Konzept "Gott" verstärkt im Horizont von Handlungsalternativen und Zurechenbarkeiten in moderner Forschung und Technik verhandelt. Im Seminar werden aktuelle, historische und literarische Entwürfe dieser Thematik besprochen. Wir lesen unter anderem Texte von Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Herbert Schnädelbach, Alfred Döblin, Ödön von Horvath, Jürgen Habermas, Manfred Lütz und Andrew Newberg.
851-0309-12LRe-Reading Thomas Mann's Novellas from the Persepctive of the History of Ideas and Knowledge Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 30.
W3 credits2SJ. Reidy
AbstractThe course presents Thomas Mann's novellas in chronological order. The discussions will center on questions pertaining to the contextualization of these texts within the history of ideas and knowledge.
Objective- The students will familiarize themselves with a cross-section of Thomas Mann's novellas.
- On the basis of these primary texts, while taking into account current research, the course will establish several cultural-historical avenues of analysis and interpretation, e. g. the texts will be read through the lenses of the history of economics, the history of medicine and, more generally, the history of ideas.
ContentThomas Manns Kurzprosa ist nicht minder kanonisch als seine grossen Romane: Erzählungen wie "Tonio Kröger", "Der Tod in Venedig" und "Mario und der Zauberer" zählen ebenso zum Lektürekanon wie "Buddenbrooks" oder "Der Zauberberg". Manns Erzählungen also stehen im Fokus dieser Lehrveranstaltung: Pro Sitzung soll, in chronologischer Folge, jeweils ein Erzähltext diskutiert werden, wobei stets Seitenblicke auf den aktuellen Forschungsstand sowie auf wichtige kultur- und wissensgeschichtliche Bezugspunkte zu richten sind.
LiteratureAnzuschaffen sind nach Möglichkeit folgende Leseausgaben:

Thomas Mann, Frühe Erzählungen 1893-1912. In der Fassung der grossen kommentierten Frankfurter Ausgabe. Fischer.

--- Sämtliche Erzählungen in vier Bänden. Unordnung und frühes Leid: Erzählungen 1919-1930. Fischer.

--- Sämtliche Erzählungen in vier Bänden. Die Betrogene: Erzählungen 1940-1953.
851-0315-01LWriting: Precision of Language as a Field of Research for Literature Restricted registration - show details W1 credit1GF. Kretzen
AbstractWhen we write a literary text we enter into a set-up for experiments and explore the possibilities ensuing from the specific structure and consistency of such a text. Literary writing allows us to go over to another kind of knowledge. Thus, the question: what is it that I want to write about? is replaced by: what do I write?
ObjectiveIn this course we shall analyze and apply conditions and criteria for literary writing on the basis of our own texts.
The course is intended for persons who are interested in literary approaches to exactitude.
Any attempt to write literature is confronted with an unforeseeable linguistic dynamism whose feasibility is determined by laws and rules quite different from those of science and technology. For the science-oriented writer, experiencing the self-evidence produced by literary approaches in his or her own writing project opens up a field of language with new content and new methods.
ContentIn the natural sciences as well as in engineering we set up experiments, analyze equation systems, and formulate theories. In order to complement these practices, the course «Writing» shall pursue precision in literary writing, its choice of word and its self-evidence.

When we write a literary text we also enter into a set-up for experiments and explore the possibilities ensuing from the specific structure and overall consistency of such a text. This form of writing takes us from the question: what is it that I want to write about? to the question: what do I write?
How do such literary approaches differ from the ways in which the natural sciences use language?
In this course we shall analyze and apply conditions and criteria for literary writing on the basis of our own texts.
The course is intended for persons who are interested in literary approaches to exactitude.
Any attempt to write literature is confronted with an unforeseeable linguistic dynamism whose feasibility is determined by laws and rules quite different from those of science and technology. For the science-oriented writer, experiencing the self-evidence produced by literary approaches in his or her own writing project opens up a field of language with new content and new methods.
Prerequisites / NoticeThose wishing to participate are required to send in between two and three pages text of their own writing that will be discussed in class. The next step will be writing a text on a preset topic as a basis for discussing the various realizations of a given task.
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