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prof. dr. M.C. van der Waal

Senior Lecturer Euroculture/Professor by special appointment South African literature, culture and history
prof. dr. M.C. van der Waal

Master (Erasmus Mundus Euroculture, since 2008):
The Cultural Construction of Europe - An introductory course on the role and function of language, identity and culture in constituting senses of (European) identity.
Methodology and Theory Seminar - An overview course (together with Ine Megens and Herman Voogsgeerd) on interdisciplinary (mainly a combination of Humanities and Social Science approaches) methodology and various research methods. Co-taught with Ine Megens and various other colleagues.
Research Seminar: Representing Europe - A research seminar on cultural representation in Europe and of Europe (of itself, and of others and by others). We consider a variety of approaches and relevant themes, ranging from postcolonial Europe to contested cultural memories.
Eurocompetence I and II - The Eurocompetence modules were designed with the goal of preparing Euroculture students for a) their entry as experts of the European integration process and European culture into the job market, b) their development into committed (European) citizens willing to research, learn and work towards the improvement and innovation of multicultural societies. In Eurocompetence I the emphasis is on generic and academic skills, while Eurocompetence II focuses on intercultural skills and management and execution of (group) project.

Bachelor Liberal Arts and Science (UCG, since 2014)IC2I (Imagination, Creation, Invention, and Innovation): In this project-based and problem-based skills course, students learn, in interdisciplinary groups, to identify complex, societal problems and go creatively in search for possible interventions and solutions to these problems. In 2014, the Class of 2017 worked on the following problems:"Know Home" investigated the conditions under which people with ASD, aged 19 - 30, feel at home in assisted living facilities; "Placeless Spaces" - multidisciplinary collaboration with Minerva, UCG and Prince Claus Conservatory - investigated how 'empty spaces' in Groningen's public space may be turned into meaningful places where people are able to interact with one another; "Gaming the Energy Transition" devised a digital, agent-based simulation of the process of energy transition, while "Project Big" investigated the complexities of big, local government projects (such as the Forum project in Groningen) and the decline in public support for it. Co-taught with other UCG tutors and external experts.

In 2015-2016, I supervised 10 students from Class of 2017 who participated in a UCG honours track,"Project Rome", which included a residence of a week in Rome. In 2 groups, they looked at the current problems Rome is facing, and selected waste management and water provision as their topics. We had much fun in Rome where they conducted their research, and the results of their projects were presented at the first LASCON conference in May 2016.

Foundational course in the Humanities - An introductory course to the field of the Humanities: what kind of questions are asked by various disciplines in the Humanities? What is the role of culture in our society? What is the contribution of the Humanities to our understanding of the complexity of modern life? Co-taught with Barend van Heusden, Peter Timmerman and Monica Báar.

Bachelor (KCM, 2008-2013):
BA year 1: Geschiedenis en Theorie van Kunsten en Media (History and Theory of Arts and Media) - An introductory course on the functioning of the arts in Western culture from classical antiquity to the present. Co-taught with Barend van Heusden and various other colleagues.

Sociologie van de Kunsten - An introductory course on how art functions in society and how a sociological approach to arts can help us make sense of its societal functioning. Co-taught with Pascal Gielen and various other colleagues.

Mentor for first year students (2010-2011)

Denken over Kunst 1 - An introduction to the various philosophical traditions that reflect on the question about what art is. Co-taught with Eddo Evink and various other colleagues.

BA year 2: Denken over Kunst IIA - Theorie en methoden van de geesteswetenschappen (Thinking about the arts - Theory and methods in the humanities). A course on object(s) and methodology(ies) in the humanities. We discuss hermeneutical approaches; positivism; cultural studies; de growing impact of the social and natural sciences in the humanities; the alledged 'crisis' in the humanites.

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Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
9712 EK Groningen
The Netherlands