This seminar is designed for BA or LA students, offering an in-depth discussion concerning analytical, theoretical and methodological approaches within the wide realm of Literary and Cultural Studies. The course covers the academic work with theory and concepts in literary studies, practices literary analysis and close reading and introduces into academic practices like attending and participating at a workshop as well as assessing academic work. 

This foundational course offers an introduction to basic skills for the study of literary and filmic texts with a focus on works from Great Britain (as well as, in this group), the Caribbean and Africa). It provides students with the scholarly terminology and methodological tools for analysing lyric, dramatic, and narrative texts, as well as film. Furthermore, we shall explore fundamental concepts such as 'genre', 'literary history', 'canon', and 'culture'. 

In this group, we will be focusing on the following primary texts: William Shakespeare’s Othello (first mentioned 1604); Samuel T. Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (1798) and William Blake’s “Little Black Boy” (1789-94), Fred d’Aguiar’s The Longest Memory (1994) as well as Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival (2016).

The intersection between gender, race, class, etc. in structures of inequalities is a central concern not only of gender studies, but of life in general at a time of globalization, mass migration and in increasingly heterogeneous and diverse societies. The course serves as an introduction to the concept of intersectionality, which provides a framework and analytical tools for students to reflect critically on issues of social justice and equality. First developed as a critical effort to complicate the concept of women as a universal and single axis category, intersectionality points to the overlapping and simultaneous structures of oppression that shape the systems of inequality. This foundational course also provides students with a transdisciplinary perspective for their analysis in specific fields of study. Furthermore, the course not only explores intersectionality as a concept, but also its implications on the process of policy making and activism, especially against the backdrop of a time where white identity politics (including elements of misogyny and racism) sees its rise on the political scene throughout the world.

This inaugural lecture series of the Zusatzzertifikatsstudium “Intersektionalitätsstudien and Diversity Kompetenzen” is organized in cooperation with GeQuInDI (Bayreuth university’s network of Gender, Queer, Intersectionality and Diversity Studies). It will introduce to core concepts, pillaring theories and guiding approaches of Intersectionality Studies. In doing so, it will feature local and international scholars from different academic disciplines and activism who have contributed to the field of intersectionality, gender and critical race studies.

•The Master Seminar supports students with the independent writing of their MA thesis by discussing the project in terms of its contextualization in the relevant research contexts, in terms of its theoretical and methodological approach, and in terms of structuring the thesis. 
•In this graduate seminar, students of literary and cultural studies will be able to introduce and discuss their MA and PhD theses and to develop their analytical argument. We will discuss theoretical and literary/filmic texts that are at the fore of the participants’ work and/or excerpts of the thesis projects as work-in-progress.