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CEU Summer University - Cultural Diversities East and West: Postcommunism, Postcolonialism and Ethnicity

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    CEU Summer University Cultural Diversities East and West: Postcommunism, Postcolonialism and Ethnicity July 22 - August 2, 2002 Course director: Adrian Otoiu,
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      CEU Summer University
      Cultural Diversities East and West: Postcommunism, Postcolonialism and
      Ethnicity
       July 22 - August 2, 2002

      Course director: Adrian Otoiu, North University, Baia Mare, Romania
      Resource persons: Avital H. Bloch, University of Colima ,Colima, Mexico;
      Réka-Mónika Cristian, József Attila University, Szeged, Hungary; Byron
      Lindsey, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA; Shawn O'Hare,
      Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, USA; Clare Thake-Vassallo, University
      of Malta, Malta.
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      Course objectives
      To provide updated information on the focal issues of multiculturalism,
      ethnicity, postcolonial and postcommunist theory, thus assisting the
      much-needed curriculum development in the new eastern European and
      post-Soviet democracies.
      To familiarize students with both the theory in these fields and the
      practical issues that are raised by mass media and the arts.
        To sensitize students to the current debates around multiculturalism and
      its relationship with ethnic, gender and cultural studies.
      To prompt students to draw their own parallels and make their own
      comparisons between realities that are apparently unlike, such as the
      situation of the bygone colonial countries and the prospects of the states
      from the former Soviet block
      To promote a spirit of tolerance relative to delicate issues such as race,
      sexual orientation, minority right, positive discrimination, maintenance of
      cultural identity.
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      Course structure
      This course will be offered by 6 scholars who will engage in a East-West
      dialogue that should lead the student to discover both the differences and
      similarities  between situations as varied as the romanticized Caucasus
      colonized by Russia ; the Chicano immigrant to the United States and the
      displaced populations of former Yugoslavia ; the often-ignored paradoxical
      colonies at the edge of  Europe, such as the island republic of Malta
      (thriving culturally within the language of the former oppressor), but also
      Georgia and Armenia; the scattered tableau of the Balkans torn by ethnic
      hatred ; the new nationalisms that distort the cultural dialogue in
      Transylvania.
       We have attempted to maintain a balance between East and West issues, and
      thus 3 of the lecturers will address chiefly the post-Soviet and
      post-socialist context, whereas the other 3 will tackle the issues of
      ethnicity and multiculturalism in established Western democracies, as well
      as the challenges facing the countries having emerged from colonial rule ;
      one course will attempt cut across the differences between East and West.
      The 4 scholars engaged in this debate are a well-balanced mix: 3 from
      Western countries and 3 from Eastern countries, of which three are female
      and four are male.
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              Interdisciplinarity
              While preserving a steady interest in the cultural phenomena - thus
      inscribing this course in the field of cultural studies - the debate will
      engage various cross-disciplinary perspectives, ranging from the viewpoint
      of the historian and the ethnographer, to the perspective of the literary
      theorist and the media analyst. Press articles, literary texts, documentary
      videos, political pamphlets, ethnic music, TV coverage and commercials will
      become the starting points of  the debates proposed in each of the courses.
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      Target group
      This course could benefit to various categories of professionals which are
      actively engaged in the establishing and fostering of the East-West
      dialogue, as well as in the issues of ethnicity and multiculturalism in
      their respective home countries. The target-group could therefore encompass
      cultural policy-makers, cultural managers, young faculty teaching cultural
      studies, multiculturalism and postcolonial criticism, young researchers with
      an interest in ethnicity.
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       Course level
      Due to the complexities of multicultural theory, it is recommended that
      students possess a minimum of background information prior to course
      inception. Pending on the availability of time in the pre-course phase, some
      of this background information will be made available, either online or by
      mailed reading packages, so as to compensate eventual gaps in the students'
      information. The level of analysis offered is intermediate to advanced.
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      Course format
      The course will consist of a series of lectures alternating with seminars
      that will problematize the issues discussed previously. In a series of
      informal forum sessions at the end of these lectures, the students will be
      invited to parallel/contrast the situations described with the familiar
      context in their homelands. Very few of the modules of the course might be
      labeled simply as seminars or lectures, since we have opted for a mixed
      format, where the initial presentation led by the resource person will be
      followed by a seminar where relevant issues should be discussed. Student
      interaction will be initiated during the pre-course phase, which comprises
      guided readings of recommended bibliography, preparation of case studies
      observed by students in their own homelands.
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      Student performance assessment
      Final student evaluation will consist of the elaboration of a research paper
      that should make good use of the information acquired. We would encourage
      teamwork, by requiring students from two different countries to team up to
      produce a comparative study on a particular aspect of their own interest.
      Depending on the students' interests, each of the 8 lecturers will supervise
      a paper in their particular area of expertise. After the completion of the
      course, we intend to select the best research papers and post them online,
      where they might attract the interest of a wider audience.
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      Non-discrimination policy statement
      Central European University does not discriminate on the basis of -
      including, but not limited to - race, color, national and ethnic origin,
      religion, gender or sexual orientation in administering its educational
      policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic
      and other school-administered programs.

      For further information:
      Nádor u. 9, Budapest, Hungary 1051
      Tel.: (36 1) 327 3069, 327 3811
      Fax: (36 1) 327 3124
      E-mail:
      summeru@...
      Website: http://www.ceu.hu/sun/sunindx.html
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