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560.002 Human Rights & Violence in the Americas (Introducción a los Estudios Regionales de las Americas)

Proseminar, LV-Leitung: Christian Cwik

Menschenrechte und Gewalt in den Amerikas: Das inter-amerikanische Proseminar führt aus einer literatur- und kulturwissenschaftlichen Perspektive in die Regionalstudien der Amerikas ein. Geschichtliche, politische, geographische, kulturelle und indigene Phänomene werden ausgesucht, um zu ergründen ob und inwiefern die (Miss-)Achtung der Menschenrechte und die Anwendung bzw. der Ausschluss von Gewalt die regionale Identität der Amerikas von Chile bis Kanada definieren.
Die Unterrichtssprache ist Englisch; kulturelle Repräsentationen verfasst in anderen Sprachen (vor allem Spanisch) der Amerikas werden miteinbezogen.

Die Studierenden sollen nach Absolvierung der LV in der Lage sein, Aspekte der Kultur der Amerikas zu kennen, die als Fundament für ihre weiteren Studien dienen.

560.200 Inter-American Literary Studies (Hemispheric Imaginations)

Proseminar, LV-Leitung: Ulla Kriebernegg

In this course, we will look at fictional representations of identities that have been shaped by mobility and movement in the Americas. We will talk about theoretical approaches to migration and transculturation and discuss push and pull factors.

Students will learn to demonstrate an understanding of the basic elements of Inter-American Studies. They will also enhance their academic speaking and writing skills and learn how to engage, in adequate academic language, with works of literature and film as well as with theory. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of traditions and themes in Inter-American Studies and gain a basic understanding of literary criticism.

560.230 Inter-American Literary Studies ("Can't we talk about something more pleasant?" Aging and Old Age in Fiction and Graphic Novels)

Seminar, LV-Leitung: Ulla Kriebernegg

In this course, we will discuss the representation of aging and old age including dementia and care in fiction and graphic novels (with a focus on the latter). We will explore the complexities of the graphic novel form and look at how this medium uses image, text, and typography to talk about aging, old age, intergenerational relationships, and care.

Students will be introduced to the field of literary gerontology / Age Studies. They will learn how to read and discuss texts, especially graphic novels, about aging, old age, and dementia from an intersectional Age Studies perspective.

560.276 Genres/Perioden der Amerikanischen Literatur (Media and Contexts: Inter-American Methods and Theories II)

Vorlesung, LV-Leitung: Roberta Maierhofer

Überblick über die Entwicklung der interamerikanischen Literatur in Hinblick auf Fragen theoretischer und methodischer Zugänge mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der Vielfalt von Texten. Sozio-politische, historische und kulturelle Kontexte werden vor allem in Hinblick auf die Frage des Mediums/ der Medien analysiert.

Ziel: Vertieftes Verständnis der Studierenden für literatur- und kulturwissenschaftliche Zugänge und Methoden zu interamerikanischen Texten.

560.301 Media, Culture, Society (Aging in a Digital World)

Proseminar, LV-Leitung: Barbara Ratzenböck

Two trends are currently about to change social structures of Western societies: population aging and digitalization. This class investigates what it means to grow old in the digital era. What are ‘digital natives,’ ‘digital immigrants,’ and ‘digital divides’ and how can we re-think binary conceptualizations of information and communication technology use? And which role do gender and age play in engagement with information and communication technologies? What are prominent cultural narratives of aging and old age and how can these dominant discourses be subverted? This class invites participants to jointly explore different theoretical and methodological approaches to researching the thematic area of aging, communication, and technologies from a perspective inspired by the humanities and social sciences. Throughout the class, participants will be encouraged to develop their own critical research questions in the emerging field of Aging Studies.

Goal: Introduction to theoretical and methodological foundations of the emerging field of Aging Studies with a focus on the thematic area of aging, communication, technologies.

560.302 Introduction to Inter-American Studies (Theories and Methods)

Proseminar, LV-Leitung: Barbara Ratzenböck

What comes to our minds when we think of the American hemisphere? How do we conceptualize “the Americas”? And which literary, cultural, social, economic, and political connections are there between North, Central, and South America? Introducing the field of Inter-American Studies to participants, this class investigates various entanglements of the Americas. In doing so, it also addresses epistemological foundations of the humanities (in comparison to those of the social sciences and the natural sciences) as well as challenges and benefits of interdisciplinary research. How we see and experience research objects – in our case the American hemisphere – strongly depends on our theoretical and methodological approaches which are based on our ideas of knowledge production and general purpose of research. This class invites participants to jointly explore different theoretical and methodological approaches to researching the American hemisphere from a perspective inspired by the humanities and social sciences. Throughout the class, participants will be encouraged to develop their own critical research questions in the emerging field of Inter-American Studies.

Goal: Introduction to theoretical and methodological foundations of the emerging field of Inter-American Studies.

560.344 Master Research Seminar (Facts and Fiction: Mediating Reality)

Seminar, LV-Leitung: Roberta Maierhofer

Anhand von Fragen von Fakten und Fiktion werden Methoden und Zugänge zur Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft diskutiert. Darüber hinaus bietet die LV Studierenden, die an Forschungsthemen arbeiten, die Möglichkeit, ihre Forschungsergebnisse zu präsentieren und anhand ihrer eigenen Erfahrungen grundsätzliche Probleme der literatur- und kulturwissenschaftlichen Theorien zu reflektieren.

Ziel: Vertieftes Verständnis der Studierenden für literatur- und kulturwissenschaftliche Theorien als Grundlage für die Auseinandersetzung mit Fragen von medial vermittelter Wirklichkeit und die Anwendung von theoretischen Grundlagen auf Forschungsfragen.

560.501 “The Business of America is Business”: The American Entrepreneurial Spirit and Popular Culture

Proseminar, LV-Leitung: Michael Fuchs, Stefan Rabitsch

When Donald Trump ran for office in 2016, he offered the American public, and the rest of the world, a persona that is the product of a narrative which is as American as the proverbial apple pie: The rags-to-riches story of someone who supposedly elevated themselves into a higher social position through hard work, savvy business strategies, and entrepreneurial acumen. Of course, the rags-to-riches narrative rarely holds up under scrutiny for which President Trump is simply one of many cases in point. Even so, Mr. Trump embodies in a highly condensed and perhaps perplexing fashion a discursive formation which continues to confound non-Americans: The American entrepreneurial spirit.
In order to unlock and subsequently understand a key component in the self-proclaimed exceptionalism of American national identity, it is of the utmost importance to develop a synoptic, i.e. historical and cultural, appreciation for the American entrepreneurial spirit, the roots of which actually preceded the founding of the United States as a nation state.
Topic areas include but are not limited to:
* Defining (American) entrepreneurship
* Cultural, moral, spiritual of A. Smith’s The Wealth of Nations
* The entrepreneurial spirit in Colonial America and the formation of cultural communities
* The business of/in the US Constitution
* Presidents as entrepreneurs
* The American West as an entrepreneurial, corporate, capitalist habitat
* The men who (re)built America after the Civil War, and the cult of the entrepreneur
* Entrepreneurial whiteness/masculinities vis-à-vis entrepreneurial ethnicities and femininities
* The gospel of success, the Gilded Age, Industrial America
* The entrepreneurial spirit and America’s global reach (cultural/economic imperialism)
* The entrepreneur as cultural hero/villain in popular literature, film/TV, games

By way of a concerted, semester-long group effort, our class will engage closely with American cultural history, aiming to disentangle, explore, and understand the multifaceted origins and complex development of the American entrepreneurial spirit within a decidedly interdisciplinary and intersectional framework. Students will learn about the latent, systemic tenets of the American entrepreneurial spirit (institutional, spiritual, political, popular cultural). By tapping into key historical documents and popular culture artifacts, and by contextualizing them vis-à-vis secondary scholarly sources, students will begin to comprehend the vast reach and cultural power of the American entrepreneurial spirit. By way of hands-on textual work, student will become intimately familiar with entrepreneurial contexts across a broad sweep of history as well as a number profiles of American entrepreneurs.

560.502 Entrepreneurial Filmmaking and Film Studies

Proseminar, LV-Leitung: James Forsher

Entrepreneurial Filmmaking bridges the gap between the film student and the working professional. Emphasis is on standard business practices as well as consolidating a body of work in a manner that best expresses the student’s abilities. Special attention is given to client interaction, appropriate portfolio preparation, and the development of contacts within the industry. Freelance guidelines, professional business practices, contract negotiation, and budgeting are also covered.
Entrepreneurial Filmmaking also examines the inner-working of the entertainment industry. We will examine a wide variety of areas that make up the entertainment business, including feature films, national cable channels, broadcast networks, home-video sales and web channels – both domestic and international.
The class also has a practical goal. We want to help you get your first job. In this effort, we will work weekly in helping you prepare a reel, website, print resume and discuss how branding can help you.
We will focus on two career tracts:
1) Career Tract. Getting a conventional job. Hollywood Game Plan and lectures.
2) Entrepreneur Tract. Running your own company starting with a Kickstarter.

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:
1) Create a resume and cover letter for a media industry position.
2) Create a crowdsourcing campaign for a personal project.
3) Create a website for personal marketing and video portfolio

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