Sommersemester 2019

Prof. Dr. Christian Huck gab im Sommersemester 2019 folgende Kurse:
Prof. Dr. Christian Huck offered the following courses in the summer semester 2019:

Title: Research Colloquium Cultural Studies

Course: Colloquium

Time and Location: Wed, 12:15 - 13:45, LS10, R.201

Inhalt: The research colloquium course is a forum where graduate and PhD-students are exposed to the most current research in the field of cultural studies. The main purpose of the research colloquium is to provide guidance, mentorship, and encouragement to young investigators in the early phases of their training; it provides students and researchers with an opportunity to discuss their works in progress (Master’s thesis, dissertation, or else) and to receive feedback from their colleagues on their research. Furthermore, there is the opportunity to read and discuss current original research papers from the field of cultural studies.
All master students who are currently writing, or starting to write their thesis in the field of cultural studies are invited to this course. In order to participate, please send me an email indicating whether you would like to present an outline/proposal of your thesis.


Title: New Media, Digital Media/Film and Hyperculture: The Materiality of the Internet

Course: Seminar

Time and Location: Tue, 14:15 - 15:45, LS10, R.201

Inhalt: The reality of the internet is thought to be ‘virtual’, existing in ‘cyberspace’ only; its information is stored in what is called a ‘cloud’. Indeed, the digital world is most often conceptualized in dual opposition to the analogue; whereas the one is thought of as physical, corporeal, material, the other is presented as weightless, bodiless and generally immaterial. On the basis of such ideas of immateriality, the internet is thought of as being freed from the limits the analogue world sets: from the limits of space and the limits of information storage, from barriers of communication, and from preconceived identities. Thus, the internet is seen as an inherently free space, limited only by conservative nation states and evil capitalist corporations.
The aim of the seminar is to overcome such digital dualism and instead investigate the various materialities the internet/the digital exists in: these range from the material infrastructure and physical end devices, without which there would be no internet, to the human bodies that make the digital real. Thus, we will look at corporeal practices such as ‘swiping’ or ‘tapping’ as well as the act of laying a fiber optics cable through South-east Asia. As a consequence, questions of power of/over the internet are moved away from twitter influencers and fake news towards rare earth elements, infrastructures, digits and affects. Looked at from the perspective of the material, therefore, internet freedom is determined by the power to access various (analogue, physical) materialities.
A reading list will be provided at the start of the course.