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RMA Thematic course ‘Imagining the Self and the Other’

Course contents

This course addresses the concept of imaging in our Western culture, focussing on the basic concepts of ‘Self’ and ‘Other’ from a theoretical and historical perspective. Textual expressions and visual representations (cartography, paintings, statues) of identity and alterity play a paramount role in the interaction between these two concepts. Attention will also be paid to the shaping of European identity and its definition vis-à-vis non-European Others. This course inquires into the ways we think of ourselves and of others, framing this as a process that is not self-evident or neutral, but determined, and partially conditioned, by cultural conventions such as long-standing and persistent stereotypes.

In this seminar, four experienced researchers will delve into the interplay between Self and Other from different perspectives to stimulate an in-depth discussion with the participants. The objective is to acquaint students with the possibilities of imagological research and to explore possible interfaces with the students’ own research interests. Assessment of student performance will be based on a presentation about a topic of the student’s choice, and on a final essay where the topic of the presentation will be further elaborated.

Dates & Time

  • Session 1  Thursday 7 April
  • Session 2  Thursday 14 April
  • Session 3  Thursday 21 April
  • Session 4  Thursday 28 April
  • Session 5  Thursday 12 May
  • Session 6  Thursday 19 May

Register (16/30 spaces left)