Linking local cultural phenomena with overarching processes
The course examines empirical work and theoretical discussions of culture, ethnicity, identity, ritual and narration, drawn from international research in ethnology and related disciplines, to provide an awareness of how culture and identity can be used for both emancipatory and oppressive purposes. You will gain solid knowledge and understanding of different types of transnational processes in Europe, as well as of the complex connections between social and cultural change. This results in the ability to problematise these connections between individuals, groups and institutions, and between the past and the present, on both the local and the global level.
Your studies consists of lectures and discussions of primary texts in the seminars, as well as written reflections on your reading. Participation in the seminars is obligatory.