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Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja


Introduction to Transcultural Studies
(co-taught with Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz and Prof. Dr. Harald Fuess)

The concept of transculturality can be conceptualized both as a heuristic device and a  focus of study. It is embedded in a heterogeneous landscape of theoretical and methodological approaches drawing on many disciplines and covering diverse thematic, historical and geographic areas. Jointly conducted by researchers in the three study foci of the MA Transcultural Studies, this lecture class will explore the contributions and limitations of inherited and current approaches to cultural interactions. Theories and methods will be tested, e.g., in explorations of global art and exhibition practices, appropriations of philosophical and religious ideas, and the relationship between patterns of consumption and exchanges of commodities. The goal of the course is to introduce students to diverse disciplinary perspectives enabling them to frame their own studies of transcultural phenomena.

Tuesdays, 11am to 1pm, KJC 212


Playing the Turk in Europe - Turquerie and the European Imagination from the Renaissance to the world exhibitions

The seminar will investigate a pan-European interest in and emulation of Ottman culture in Europe between the 16th and 19th centuries through a study of a range of artistic media-painting, architecture, gardens, material culture and performance. It will analyze these as a set of responses to transcultural encounters between Europe and the Ottoman empire that oscillated between fear, fascination, curiosity and drawing and re-drawing of boundaries. The study of such artistic production will engage critically with much of art historical writing that views turquerie as a passing fashion, a frivolous taste for the exotic. Using a transcultural perspective, the seminar will seek to show that a culture's vitality lies in its ability to engage intensively with alien pracitces and forms, that have a transformatory effect. What where the implications of 'playing the 'Turk' for the cultural habits, moral convictions, personal sensibilities and aesthetic values of the actors and practices involved in this encounter?

Tuesdays, 4 to 6pm, KJC 112


Research Colloquium in Global Art History

Wednesdays, 11am to 1pm, KJC 002

Franziska Koch


Transculturality in the field of visual and material culture - foundational texts, key methodologies, and improving academic writing skills

This course is conceived as a practical and interactive seminar that addresses central aspects of transculturality in the cross-disciplinary research fields of visual and material culture in a three-fold way:
1) We will intensively read and discuss foundational texts that define "transculturality" in terms of artitistic and visual practices in various regional contexts and from diverging disciplinary perspectives.
2) We will exercise to apply key methodologies to historical and contemporary case studies - including iconographic analysis as well as the analysis of discourses on art and aesthetics.
3) We will improve your academic writing skills by training how to summarize texts, how to describe art works and visual practices, and how to develop a complex scientific argumentation and good academic style.
The course primarily addresses MA TS students of the VMC focus and particularly welcomes students in their second year that are about to define their MA thesis topic. The course requires students to actively participate, do regular written homework and occasionally work in teams. It does not include a written term paper, but several written short pieces instead.

Thursdays, 11am to 1pm, KJC 002


Transcultural perspectives on Chinese art after 1949: production and reception between the local and the global

The seminar examines Chinese art from 1949 till the present. It focuses on the conditions under which art is produced and exhibited in the People's Republic of china and beyond. The course is strucutred in two parts, an additional preparatory and a wrap-up session. The first part covers the time span from the founding of the Poeple's Republic in 1949 till the beginning of the reform period in 1979 and subsequently till the repression of the democracy movement in 1989. The second part centers on artistic developments since 1989.
The period until 1979 is marked by debates evolving around socialist realism on the one hand and traditional Chinese art forms on the other. The proseminar looks into the contested practices and the tensions within them, while discussing specific exhibitons, th emaking of art institutions as well as the work of indiviual artists and the stances the latter assume with regard to these tensions. During the reformist 1980s an independent art scene emerged, characterized by experimental approaches and a pluralism of artistic styles that led to new forms of artistic production (installation, performance and conceptual art) and presentation (e.g. the large "China/Avent-Garde" exchibition in 1989).
The second part will focus on the ways in which the processes of negotiating Western art forms and discourses, which were under way during the 1980s, increasingly diversified under the impact of globalization. Chinese biennials/triennials as well as the circulation and reception  of Chinese artworks in international art events from Venice via Kassel to Sao Paolo are significant points in case. In addition to analyzing these phenomena, the course asks how Chinese artists both in diasporic communities overseas and from within China participate in global and local networks, positioning themselves between (national) cultural policy and the booming (international) art market.
The course intends to deepen our understanding of transcultural perspectives taking the example of Chinese art in local and global contexts, exploring research approaches that are central to the understanding of contemporary art in times of globalization. It is conveived as a basic course introducing MA Transcultural STudies students in their first year to foundational texts and transcultural perspectives in the field of art. It is open to BA students of art history and ethnology that seek to extend their regional expertise to include China.

Wednesdays, 9 to 11am, KJC 112

PD Dr.-Ing. Mag. Michael Falser


Denkmalpflege in Deutschland nach 1945

Dieses Seminar behandelt die großen Themen und Diskussionen, die wichtigsten Protagonisten und die spannendsten Fallbeispiele der Denkmalpflege in Deutschland. Ausgehend von der großen Zäsur von 1945 – der sog. „Stunde Null“ zum Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs, als deutsche Städte und ihre Bauten in Trümmern lagen – legt das Seminar den Fokus auf drei große Zeitabschnitte: Wiederaufbau und Nachkriegsmoderne (1945-1970), Projekte postmoderner Denkmalpflege (1970-1990) und Positionen der Denkmalpflege nach der Deutschen Wiedervereinigung bis heute.

Monday, October 17, 4 to 6pm, KJC 112
Tuesday, October 25, 4 to 6pm, KJC 002
Tuesday, November 8, 4 to 6pm, KJC 002
Friday-Sunday, December 9 to 11, 11am to 5pm, KJC 002

Dr. Samantha Schramm


The Ethnographic Turn in Art. From the 1970s to Contemporary Art

In his essay “The artist as ethnographer?’ (1995), the art critique Hal Foster described the similarities between contemporary artistic practices with anthropology and ethnographic research, opening up a paradigm, which has been called the “ethnographic turn” in art. 
Departing from site-specific, process oriented works, the seminar will analyze how artists engage critically with an ethnographic perspective, also asking if or how artistic practices can resist a display of otherness and critically negotiate ideas of representation.
The course will 1) engage with theoretical texts about art and ethnography and 2) analyse a range of examples, among them artistic practices that were created in various locales, spanning a region from Europe to America and Asia.

Saturday, October 22, 2016, 10am to 6pm, KJC 112
Saturday, November 12, 2016, 10am to 6pm, KJC 112
Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10am to 6pm, KJC 112
Saturday, January 14, 2017, 10am to 6pm, KJC 212