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3.02.141 Seminar: S Postcolonial Science Fiction - Details
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Course number 3.02.141
Semester Wintersemester 2019/2020
Current number of participants 36
maximum number of participants 36
Home institute Institute of English and American Studies
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
Next date Wed , 29.01.2020 14:00 - 18:00, Room: A14 0-031
Lehrsprache englisch


No session, Seminar session

Course location / Course dates

A14 0-031 Wednesday: 14:00 - 18:00, weekly (from 16/10/19) (13x)
n.a Wednesday: 14:00 - 18:00, weekly
A01 0-005 Wednesday. 29.01.20 18:00 - 20:00

Module assignments


“Arguably, one of the most familiar memes of science fiction is that of going to foreign countries and colonizing the natives, and […] for many of us, that’s not a thrilling adventure story, it’s non-fiction, and we are on the wrong side of the strange-looking ship that appears out of nowhere”, writes Canadian science fiction author Nalo Hopkinson.

What do science fiction stories look like when they are imagined from “the wrong side of the strange-looking ship”? How can science fiction be used to criticize the legacy of European colonial exploitation? How do science fiction’s tropes and conventions change in the hands of authors form, say, Africa, India, or the Caribbean? In exploring these questions, we will look at a variety of novels, short stories, and films. Along the way, we might also have to rethink what we mean when we say “science fiction” and we will also discuss what makes a particular story or author “postcolonial”.

We will discuss two novels, Amitav Ghosh’s The Calcutta Chromosome and Nnedi Okorafor’s Lagoon, both of which you should purchase and read before the term starts. For our first session, we will discuss Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther (2018) – if you haven’t seen the film yet, do so before our first meeting.

We will meet in double sessions every other week (starting on 23 October); this will not only give us the opportunity to delve deeply into the set texts, we will also be able to spend some time on reflecting on your reading and research strategies, as well as on developing ideas for your research paper.

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "ang612-615 Aufbau Lit/Cult".
Bitte beachten Sie, dass das AM Seminar Postcolonial Science Fiction bei Karsten Levihn-Kutzler in ca.14-tägigem Rhythmus, dafür jeweils 4-stündig stattfinden wird.
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  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in these courses will be assigned at 20.09.2019, 08:00. Addional seats may be added to a wait list.
  • This setting is active from 16.09.2019 06:00 to 31.12.2019 23:59
    At least one of these conditions must be fulfilled for enrolment:
    • Degree is Anpassungslehrgang
    • Subject is Englisch
    • Subject is Anglistik
    • Subject is English Studies
    • Degree is Erw.fach Gymnasium
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