Stud.IP Uni Oldenburg
University of Oldenburg
07.03.2021 15:49:21
3.02.152 Seminar: S Black Lives and the History of Science in Recent Anglophone Fiction - Details
You are not logged into Stud.IP.

General information

Subtitle
Course number 3.02.152
Semester Wintersemester 2020/2021
Current number of participants 18
expected number of participants 36
Home institute Institute of English and American Studies
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
First date Tue , 03.11.2020 14:00 - 16:00, Room: (online)
Type/Form
Performance record Prüfungsform: The standard prescribed format for this course is „Referat mit schriftlicher Ausarbeitung“. Participants requiring credits for this course under particular circumstances should contact me for alternatives.
Course Requirements:
Active participation (including, but not limited to an oral presentation) and
a term paper of ca. 10 pp. based on the topic of the presentation (deadline March 15, 2021).
Alternatives / special circumstances to be discussed with the course leader.
Lehrsprache englisch
ECTS points 6

Course location / Course dates

(online) Tuesday: 14:00 - 16:00, weekly (12x)

Module assignments

Comment/Description

Science and the history of science have traditionally been seen by many as a predominantly (male white) European phenomenon. Over the past few decades, this image has been challenged in numerous ways. Recent Anglophone fiction has produced a number of stories about the roles and contributions which slaves and colonised subjects made to scientific inventions and discoveries, but also about the conditions and injustices that they suffered in the process, and which prevented their achievements from being recognised. In our course, we will closely analyse and discuss two such novels:
Ezi Edugyan, Washington Black (2018)
Petina Gappah, Out of Darkness, Shining Light (2019)
Set respectively in Southeastern Africa and in the Caribbean, North America and the Arctic, and with London and the British Empire as constant points of reference, these are two moving and exciting stories, which invite us also to engage with historical connections between Science, Exploration, Colonisation and the Slave Trade. These analyses will be framed by engagements with historical backgrounds and critical approaches (such as postcolonial science studies).
One of the authors, Petina Gappah, is scheduled to come to Oldenburg for an international conference in May 2021, so participants will have a chance to encounter the author of one of the texts we will be analysing in the course.
Prüfungsform: The standard prescribed format for this course is „Referat mit schriftlicher Ausarbeitung“. Participants requiring credits for this course under particular circumstances should contact me for alternatives.
Course Requirements:
Active participation (including, but not limited to an oral presentation) and
a term paper of ca. 10 pp. based on the topic of the presentation (deadline March 15, 2021).
Alternatives / special circumstances to be discussed with the course leader.