Mapping the Present

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2020/21
Vakcode LLS049M10
Vaknaam Mapping the Present
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Mapping the Present: "Posthumanism, bodies, and extinction“
Leerdoelen - Gain knowledge and understanding of the development and current state of affairs in academic research on contemporary literature and culture, as well as of methods and approaches in the study of space (1, 2, 3)
- Be able to contextualize contemporary cultural production across different contexts and disciplines (4, 5, 6)
- Have trained and enhanced their intellectual and methodological skills and their capacity to reflect on questions on contemporary culture and space (7, 8, 11, 12)
- Have trained and enhanced their capacity of conducting and presenting individual research in the fields of contemporary culture and space (13, 16, 17).
Omschrijving Floods, freak hail showers, drought, dead bees, nuclear waste, infertility, mutations - the contemporary world seems more dystopian and unintelligible than ever. The present is characterised by a sense of crisis and anxiety: our notion of the future is infused by the threat of dispersed and intangible phenomena such as climate change and extinction.
This course will explore contemporary strategies of making sense of surviving on a damaged planet. How can literature, the arts and different media help develop perspectives on life in the Anthropocene? We will collaboratively explore spatial and embodied approaches to materiality, posthumanism and extinction, drawing on cases from a variety of media, ranging from literature to film, photography, art and other media.
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm project-based team work, werkcollege
(active participation)
Toetsvorm presentatie, schriftelijke opdracht(en), werkstuk(ken)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. V. Alexander
Docent(en) dr. V. Alexander
Entreevoorwaarden Bachelor obtained and admission to the MA programme (check the degree programme’s Teaching and Examination Regulations
Opmerkingen 80% Compulsory attendance in seminars. Students are expected to participate actively in discussions during seminars and to duly carry out all assignments in and outside class.
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Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Ma Interdisciplinaire Onderzoekscolleges 1 semester II keuze
Ma Letterkunde (Europese L&C / English L&C / Writing, Editing and Mediating)  (Interdisciplinaire Onderzoekscolleges) 1 semester II keuze