The Rebirth of the Myth: how ancient stories are being retold in modern times and the digital age
Yiyun Lu, Freie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften, Kunsthistorisches Institut (WE 2)
Myth is a way of being, and it often ushers in a new era, as with the Renaissance and Romanticism. The goal of the seminar is to examine how ancient myths from different cultures have been updated for the modern era in various forms such as literature, painting, film, video game and divination tool (e.g. tarot). In addition to literary and artistic studies, a wide range of epistemological, historical, ethical, social and technical issues (e.g. AI) will be addressed. Unlike a typical seminar, this one gives students the chance to work as researchers on the project while also providing them with knowledge in related fields. Master’s and Bachelor’s students from different cultural backgrounds are welcome, including not only students from literary studies or related disciplines such as art, media studies or social sciences, but also those studying the natural sciences (e.g. computer science). This seminar will be held in English; no previous knowledge is required.
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