- Knowledge of current research, key concepts, and debates in the field(s) of posthumanism; |
- Ability to apply theoretical insights critically to particular cases and to formulate questions for research.
The posthumanist turn in the Humanities encompasses a variety of fields and approaches, all of which are concerned with decentering the human as the default unmarked subject position within the Humanities. This has profound implications for the study of literature and other forms of artistic expression. What are the challenges and opportunities that posthumanist theories present for the study of literature, aesthetics, and poetics? Who is the subject and who or what is the object of knowledge and representation? The precise focus will vary from year to year, but will include one or more of the following: biopolitics, disability studies, eco-criticism, animal studies.|
This seminar is offered as an elective by Comparative Literary Studies. It is open to RMA students in the following programmes: Comparative Literary Studies, Gender Studies; Media, Art, and Performance Studies, Religious Studies. It is also open to exchange students at MA level in these or related humanities fields. The seminar is taught in English.|
This course serves as preparation for a PhD programme in the humanities, as well as non-academic careers by training students in the following transferrable skills: conducting and planning research, critical thinking and writing, discourse analysis, communication and presentation skills, peer-review and advanced language skills.