2023 Blended Intensive Programme

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE COURSE

Focusing on cultural transfers, encounters and circulations in conjunction with recent reflection on mobility, borders, migration, the public humanities and research-creation, this course aimed at a critical re-appraisal of modernities across and beyond Europe, essential to an understanding of our current moment.

Reflecting the specialisms of the teaching team, the course focused on transnational/transhistorical perspectives and decolonial practices that are not content to rest with the habitual divisions local and global, centre and periphery, individual and collective. Through the study of diverse social experiences, forms and media, spanning literature, film, the visual arts and creative practice at large, we focused on experiences of [un]belonging, trauma and dispossession, the formation of individual and collective identity and memory, mobility, [un]rootedness and the sense of place. We also explored recent theoretical paradigms in fields such as feminism, border and migration studies, decolonial thought, public humanities and posthumanism, in order to ponder on values that are unsustainable and/or naturalised, and examine how art, literature and theory engage with social challenges to lead us towards reconfigured forms of praxis. With a view to expanding our core concept of ‘in/transitive modernities’ both theoretically and methodologically, the course tookas its main axis the concept of ‘home’ considered from the joint perspectives of transnationalism, diaspora, and dispossession.

SPECIFIC FIELD OF STUDIES

literary studies

cultural and visual studies

Anglophone literature

comparative literature

modern languages

art history

semiotics

ECTS: 6

MAIN TOPICS ADDRESSED DURING THE COURSE:

modern/modernist genealogies and avant-garde practices

exile, migration, borders

mobility, transnational and transcultural trajectories

marginality, otherness, exclusion, citizenship

racialization

counter-publics

DESCRIPTION & SCHEDULE OF THE VIRTUAL PART:

The online course ranfrom January to April 2023.

It comprised 10 two-hour-long thematic sessions in which the teaching staff introduced key concepts and questions related to case studies, followed by discussion.

Throughout the online and on-site course, students had to engage with the core readings on the learning hub.

The hub was also used to share reading experiences and responses, and creative work in progress.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PHYSICAL PART:

The on-site course took place in Athens from Monday 24 April to Friday 28 April 2023.

During the on-site course, both students and teachers engaged in an exploratory practice of creative-concept-making. The critical and speculative knowledge acquired in the virtual part served as a basis for activities in which students and teachers engage with cultural practitioners and the examined texts and concepts from a think-do perspective that fostered collaborative production and rethink cultural practice in relation to social challenges. Students and teachers pondered together how the blend of practice and research may lead to cultural transformation.

The aim of the on-site sessions was three-fold:

encourage participants in collaborative production;

reflect on cultural legacies and their refashionings in our present context(s);

consider new ways of publishing and disseminating research.

Each day comprised three 2hour long sessions:

  • A 2-hour seminar session with student presentations based on work related to themes that were introduced in the online sessions led by the teaching staff
  • A 2-hour collaborative workshops where students presented their own findings and projects
  • A 2-hour tutoring session alternating with sessions with cultural practitioners focusing on the practitioner’s work

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

The programme:

  • strengthened and expanded your perspective on European cultural values and practices
  • rethink regionality in terms of Northern and Southern, Eastern and Western Europe

By the end of the course, students

    •  applied research methodologies and theoretical frameworks to a wide variety of issues across national, cultural and linguistic boundaries.
    • experimented in practices that gear these reflections into thinking-across as a means to weave a relational fabric, and thus enliven participation in a social and cultural Europe in the making

This course was open to Master’s students at CIVIS member universities, with a Bachelor’s qualification in a related field e.g. literature, art history, film and media studies, visual studies.

A C1 level of English was a requisite.

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