WiSe 18/19: Affective Affinities: The New Left, the New Right and Cultural Practices in the Long 1970s
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First Session: October 22.
The relationship between the “New Left” of the 1960s and the loose alliance of conservative forces that emerged in its wake and has been labeled the “New Right” is not as easy to delineate as it ... Lesen Sie weiter
The relationship between the “New Left” of the 1960s and the loose alliance of conservative forces that emerged in its wake and has been labeled the “New Right” is not as easy to delineate as it might seem. While this relationship has often been framed as a “backlash”, a reaction by the latter against the former, cultural historians have pointed towards continuities and appropriations between these ideologically opposed movements––or have argued that the 1960s were as much a conservative decade as a progressive one. ----- In this course, we will use this vexing relationship as an entry point to the cultural history of the “long 1970s” and the common cultural ground shared by diverse political actors. The course will follow a two-part structure. In the first part, we will approach the historiography of the 1960s and 1970s, study the differences and contact points between progressive and conservative movements and engage with the underlying gendered and racial dynamics. In the second part, we will adopt the perspective of affect theory and the history of emotions to interrogate cultural practices such as rock music, film and religion––cultural fields where boundaries between “left” and “right” were constantly crossed. ----- Participants are expected to attend and actively participate in class, as well as to prepare the assigned readings. At the beginning of each session, the assigned texts and a historical source are briefly introduced by one of the students, who will also provide starting points for our discussion. Everyone is expected to present a text once during the semester and to write short responses to the assigned readings of at least two other sessions. The final schedule will be discussed in the first session. ----- Students who need to complete an exam (Modulpru¨fung) for one of their modules are expected to write a term paper (ca. 4500-6000 words). Topics are to be discussed with the instructor beforehand. These can range from individual case studies of documents, films and other cultural practices to theoretical elaborations, but, in any case, they are expected to connect to course contents and reflect a solid understanding of them.