The last few decades have witnessed a proliferation of debates on issues of identity, difference and alterity, in the context of globalization and (post-/neo-)colonialism. This course offers a comparative study of many of these key concepts – such as cannibalism, mestizaje, transculturación, translation, cultural appropriation, transvestism, primitivism, Afrofuturism, empathy, cosmopolitanism, poverty, planetary consciousness, diversity – that have been developed to address the world’s intercultural dynamics. The course traces the history of such concepts in their specific cultural contexts, but also considers their intercultural trajectories. In this way, it offers a transnational account of the growth of the field of intercultural and postcolonial studies, with its particular discourses and concepts, both inside and outside the context of the development of Cultural Studies in the so-called West (with some more emphasis on Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean). Through a series of close readings and analyses, students will assess the productivity of different (translated) theories themselves and be encouraged to explore the particular relevance of the various key concepts for their own research practice.
students obtain a thorough insight in the social and scholarly histories of important key-concepts that theorize the world’s intercultural dynamics;
students become acquainted with several contemporary art and literary works that intervene in the debates on interculturality and globalization;
students learn how to provide an independent, transparent analysis and a productive interpretation of an artwork within the broad artistic and theoretical framework offered by the course.
The timetables are available through My Timetable.
Mode of instruction
Participation (pass/fail). There is no resit opportunity for this assignment.
Group presentation (35%). There is no resit opportunity for this assignment.
Paper (65%) 3500 words. Students who fail their paper must take a resit and hand in an improved version.
In order to pass this course, students need a minimum average grade of at least 5,5, with a minimum grade of 5,5 for their final paper.
Research Master students are additionally asked to act as respondents to one of the group presentations.
Group presentation: 35%
In order to pass this course, students need a minimum average grade of at least 5.5 with a minimum grade of 5.5 for their final paper.
Students who fail their paper must take a resit and hand in an improved version.
Please note that if you do not hand in your essay before the first deadline, your essay will be considered as the resit.
For the timetable see this webpage.
Inspection and feedback
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
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