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Climate Change through a Cultural Lens: Intersectional Approach

Tutor: Diana Martsynkovska, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Institutional affiliation: Prof. Dr. Martin Klepper, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Funding Period: 01.10.2021 bis 30.09.2022

The tutorial approaches climate change through its reflections in literary and cinematic texts within the climate fiction frame. It critically explores the Western discourse of climate change and environmental justice and the structures of racism, gender inequality, and the legacy of colonialism embodied in it, and highlights a wide range of perspectives on climate futures offered by women* and BIPOC people. Using the theoretical background from a variety of disciplines such as critical race theory, gender studies, environmental justice studies, ecofeminism, ecocriticism, postcolonialism, cultural, literary, and film studies, the tutorial creates an interdisciplinary research frame to approach both primary sources offered for case studies and students’ individual/group research projects.

The tutorial might be interesting for students from different subject areas, such as American Studies, Cultural Studies, Film and Literary Studies, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, Journalist and Media Studies, Social Sciences. The tutorial is open for students from all departments on the master and bachelor level, no prior knowledge is required. Participants should be proficient in English (B2 or higher).

Course language: English
Schedule: wednesdays, 12:00–14:00 (starting Appril 20th)
Place: Hörsaal 2097, UdL, Humboldt- Universität zu Berlin

Attention: the fist meeting will be hosted via Zoom: https://hu-berlin.zoom.us/j/61753833365?pwd=MGNKN3VESHdCR1FlbUVJVDZiT3lYUT09
Meeting ID: 617 5383 3365
Password: 296858

Details about the further meetings will be announced at the introductory session.

Contact: martsynd@hu-berlin.de