PS Politics & Culture: Art and Activismin Contemporary America: Black Lives Matter and Beyond



Zeit/Ort n.V.:

  • Mo 12:15-13:45, Raum C 301

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

This seminar is for those students specializing in American Studies and for those in General Studies who need credits in a "kulturwissenschaftliches Proseminar".

In American Studies it fulfils the "Politics & Culture Proseminar” requirement (Modul 201; 6 ECTS), in General Studies the "Proseminar Culture" (Zwischenmodul II) requirement (Modul 211; 5 ECTS).


As key figures who partake in the production and circulation of cultural and political narratives, artists and activists influence which stories/histories are told, and how. Thus we will turn to the question of what a postcolonial (or decolonial) artistic and activist practice might entail. We will engage centrally with the Black Lives Matter-Movement as well as works of Afrofuturism and the Black Speculative Arts Movement. In our case studies we will take a closer look at contemporary artistic and activist strategies of reframing Western and Orientalist epistemologies, unsettling Eurocentric frames of reference, and imagining alternative perspectives for art and social justice. What role(s) can artists and activists play in questioning a presumed neutrality of the archive/canon? How can they embrace alternative epistemologies to challenge neo-colonial forms of racism, privilege and oppression, while articulating marginalized experiences and silenced histories?

Empfohlene Literatur

All readings and visual material will be circulated electronically.