After completing the course, students are able to:
- describe and contextualize important moments and cities in the history of 'Europe'
- explain and use important theoretical concepts and insights with regard to the different value systems which have contributed to the definition of “Europe” as a concept throughout the centuries;
- critically reflect on the theory and methods used in the course literature about European culture, with attention to the role played by the producers of culture in the giving of meaning to the concept of “Europe”;
- find and select methods, theories and sources on the basis of heuristically sound research, with the aim of defining and analysing a “European object”.
The cradle of Western culture, the old continent, the Evening Land… “Europe” has a long history of naming and interpretation. In this course a number of attempts at this naming and interpreting of Europe, from Classical antiquity to the present age, will be analysed. We will consider Europe as a narrative structure that has changed in terms of both content and form throughout the centuries. In every lecture we will jump back in time and move through space, focusing on one or more work(s) of art or sites connected to a European city like Athens, Brussels, Granada, Paris or Vienna –metropoles that were represented as the centres of the universe in specific periods in time. Students will learn how to critically view the mythologising of “Europe” through stories and gain insight into the ways in which the arts have influenced, contributed to, perpetuated and helped spread these narratives.|
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