2008-09 BM2 Tutorials

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Tutorial Times:

Sorry there might be some confusion. Here are the official places and times.

Michaela Koch (starting on Friday 24th, October) Fr 12 - 14, A10 1-121a

Florian Gubisch (starting on Monday 27th, October)

Mo 12 - 14, A01 0-004


Tutorials are optional. You don't have to sign up.


Tutorials following the lecture:

1 Oct. 15, 2008 Course Outline

2 Dec. 10, 2008 New Topic: Diasporas

3 Oct. 22, 2008 From Anglo Saxon Raids to Global Anglophone Culture

Maybe: Julia Ward Howe's "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", set to William Steffe's already-existing music, was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became one of the most popular songs of the Union during the American Civil War. In 1870 Howe was the first to proclaim Mother's Day, with her Mother's Day Proclamation. After the war Howe focused her activities on the causes of pacifism and women's suffrage. From 1872 to 1879, she assisted Lucy Stone and Henry Brown Blackwell in editing Woman's Journal. [1]

4 Oct. 29, 2008 Harbingers of Freedom, Democracy and Civil Rights?

Material: Sojourner Truth "Ain't I a Woman?" --> Intersectionality: Human Rights + Women's Rights + Afro-American Rights

another idea: colonialism in Oz (and NZ). treatment of Aboriginals (Maori). Who was counted as "human", given citizen status and right to vote? 1967 referendum in Oz.

5 Nov. 05, 2007 Religion

Maybe: Intelligent design / creationism vs. Darwinism / evolutionary theory. Compare prominent examples. Methodology: devil's advocate

6 Nov. 13, 2008 An Economic History of the English speaking World

Material : maybe caricatures/posters etc. from different eras commenting on the economic development like [2] --> economic development for whom? And who's excluded? (Social) consequences of industrial revolution, globalization ...

7 Nov. 19, 2008 Technology and Knowledge

Maybe sth. on the emergence of natural sciences: L. Daston/K. Park (1998) "Wonders and the Order of Nature 1150-1750". Or a little different: L. Schiebinger "Why mammals are called mammals"

8 Nov. 26, 2008 Media and the Public

Maybe sth on sports? (We might not do it in the VL, but the tutorial could be a place...) Cricket?

or sth. related to music: Trumpet player Billy Tipton comes to mind. Hir story served as a background for "Trumpet" by British novelist Jackie Kay. Although Kay changed it considerably: Placed in GB not US, from white to black skin, from piano to trumpet. Full media attention: newspaper articles, songs, shows, a biography etc.

9 Dec. 03, 2008 Representations of Justice

Maybe a text by Angela Davis? (Against "prison-industrial complex" in the US, Black feminist, academic, communist, Civil Rights leader, "Free Angela Davis" campaign in early 1970's)

Maybe something on "Hate Crimes"?

e.g. Brandon Teena (see Sloop: Brandon Teena, Public Representation, and Normativity" in Disciplining Gender) --> documentary + Hollywood + print media: Which stories are told by whom? (Could also work for one of the Media sessions 7/8 or Academy Awards (2)) Media Audiences

Maybe something on theater actors and actresses: Who is when allowed to play which (gender) role. From all-men to all-women casts in English theatres in the 17th century (cp. Straub and Trumbach in Epstein/Straub: Guarded Bodies, also Greenblatt "Fiction and Friction")

10 Dec. 17, 2009 New Topic: Key Concepts in Cultural Studies (a) gender, race, class, ability etc. --> concepts as socially constructed and interdependent categories. b) What is a 'text'? --> movies, literature, art, clothing etc. as material in Cultural Studies)

ad a) Maybe sth. with Thomas Laqueur: Making sex. --> from one sex model to two sex model (and where it might or might not end...) ad b) connected to a): medical, juridical, religious texts and documents

11 Jan. 07, 2009 The Construct(edness) of Traditions

12 Jan. 14, 2009 Written Test

13 Jan. 21, 2009 Cultural Icon(s)/Iconology

14 Jan. 28, 2009 Feedback on Test and Look Ahead