Unraveling Europe

What is “Europe”? What does it mean to be “European”? Who gets to define the boundaries of Europeanness, and what groups have been included or excluded, centered or marginalized as a result? This course seeks to answer such epistemological questions by unraveling and deconstructing some of the central, naturalized, imposed, and often monolithic narratives that have been projected onto and out from Europe. Examining these mechanisms from a critical perspective, students will look at the diverse cultural, linguistic, national, religious, ethnic, racial, and other factors that have continued to shape Europe throughout its history. They will consider debates around issues of identity and ideology, including the histories and legacies of colonialism, imperialism, fascism, and racism, and learn to view Europe as a place of multiplicity and difference, changing institutions, and ever-shifting borders. Taking a transdisciplinary approach that includes literary studies, art history, race and ethnic studies, film and media studies, cultural studies, history, and geography, among other fields and theoretical frameworks, “Unraveling Europe” unsettles the common assumption that Europe is and always has been fundamentally European. Meets the Equity and Power: EPG requirement.

Degree requirement — Equity and Power: EPG

1 unit — Ruiz, Steckenbiller

Offerings

Term Block Title Instructor Location Student Limit/Available Updated
Spring 2022 Block 7 Unraveling Europe Christiane Steckenbiller, Carrie Ruiz Armstrong Hall 307 32 / 11 05/15/2022
Spring 2023 Block 7 Intermediate Topics in German Studies: Unraveling Europe Topic Details Christiane Steckenbiller TBA 25 / 25 05/15/2022
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