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Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja


Modernism, Globality and the Museum
(co-taught with Noura Dirani, M.A., tutor: Isabel Ching, M.A.)

The seminar is planned as a collaborative exercise with the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen in Düsseldorf. It will investigate the connections of European modernist art with regions beyond Europe. What were the conditions - colonialism, collecting, trade, travel and new communication technologies - that made the emergence of modernist art in the West possible? The themes will focus on major modernist currents such as Cubism, Surrealism, Expressionism, abstract art and the notion of the readymade, with a view to study how the relationship with cultural difference was central to each of these movements. The course will critically query the existing canonical account of modernism that regards it as a closed European phenomenon, to view it instead as a more encompassing global process. Our case studies of modernist art will draw upon the rich collection of Kunstsammlung NRW and engage with curatorial concepts of display that draw out the transcultural nature of these works. The seminar will work towards evolving a framework for an exhibition on modernist art from a global perspective, planned for 2017.

Fridays, 2 to 4pm, KJC 112


Forschungskolloquium für Masterstudierende und Doktoranden

Students present and discuss their thesis projects.

Wednesdays, fortnightly, 11am to 1pm, KJC 212


MATS Colloquium

This colloquium is mandatory for all MATS students in their final semester of study. Students present and discuss their master thesis project.

Tuesday, 4 to 6pm, KJC 212

PD Dr.-Ing. Mag. Michael Falser


Cultural Heritage: Concepts, Terms and Case-Studies

This seminar tries to look behind the nowadays all too popular and still rather Eurocentric concept of "Cultural Heritage" (in German: "Kulturerbe"). How did it emerge as an intellectual concept in Europe's modern history, how was it merged with the applied disciplines of architectural preservation and conservation (in German: "Denkmalpflege"), exported to Non-European (often colonial) contexts, re-negotiated in the period of decolonization and finally: which are the disciplinary shortcomings, transcultural challenges and useful options of the concept in a globalized world. Reading sessions of useful source texts will be accompanied with concrete case-studies from all over the world.

Tuesdays, April 26 to May 10, 2016, 4 to 6pm, KJC 112
Fridays, fortnightly, June 3 to June 17, 2016, 11am to 5pm, KJC 112
Friday, July 15, 2016, 11am to 5pm, KJC 112

Dr. Samatha Schramm


The Politics of Participation. Art and Media in a Global Context

This course will focus on predominant discourses of participation and debates about the "Participation Age", which have become key issues in notions of new media, especially since the rise of the internet. However, the debates about the politics of participation are highly ambivalent, because participation itself creates tensions between the global and the local, ideas of inclusion and exclusion, thus creating and even fostering unequal power relations.
The course will 1) engage with theoretical texts about participation and 2) analyse a range of examples, among them artistic practices, participation TV and internet, that were created in various locales, spanning a region from Europe to North-America and Asia.
The teaching format is research based in that it expects students to develop individual projects that will lead up to their term in a didactically supervised process.

Saturday, April 23, 2016, 12 to 3pm, KJC 112
Saturday, May 7, 2016, 12 to 5pm, KJC 112
Saturday, May 21, 2016, 12 to 5pm, KJC 112
Saturday, June 4, 2016, 12 to 5pm, KJC 112
Saturday, June 18, 2016, 12 to 5pm, KJC 112