School of Humanities

Methodologies in Intercultural studies

This course is part of the programme:
Master in Slovene Studies - Literary Science

Objectives and competences

The main objective of the course is to familiarize the students with contemporary methodological approaches in intercultural studies, as well as make sure that they are aware of potential uncertainties stemming from methodological pluralism. At the same time, we get to know the borderlines and actual frameworks of humanities and social sciences and search for areas of interconnectedness. We attempt to create a network of methods and approaches that can be used for analyses of complex academic and professional topics in humanities and social sciences. The students are engaged in creating their own critical analyses and judgments, especially through their seminar essays and regular participation in class.

Prerequisites

The students should be familiar with the basic concepts of humanities and social sciences, with literary studies, sociology, cultural studies, history and anthropology as the main ports of entry into understanding national and world cultural history. The subject is interdisciplinary and transnational in its nature. The students should be capable of analysis and critical evaluation of various academic texts that address the global academic community. Additionally, they need to be familiar with main theoretical and methodological analysis approaches in humanities and social sciences. During our course, we upgrade these approaches and methods with a contemporary methodological scheme.

Content (Syllabus outline)

Intercultural studies are closely related to cultural studies, and, at the same time, also other disciplines within humanities and social sciences (especially anthropology). We could describe intercultural studies as comparative studies. The course is designed in an interdisciplinary and transnational way. Our strongest focus is still on the literary side, namely, on the literary studies, as the course is part of the Slovene studies program (for example, we expose and explain the notions of world and global literature and point out the terminological differences that are typical for different national environments). We address the question of global civilizations and their interrelations (e.g., Huntington, Said), the development of the information society and the media world, as they enable the civilizations to connect and, consequently, the creation of the global society, typical for today’s digital culture, or participatory culture. Moreover, we expose the notions of the public and the private sphere (e.g. Habermas’ theory), the functioning of memory and the importance of memory studies. Predominantly, we deal with connecting of the various methodological approaches and interculturally structured academic disciplines.

Intended learning outcomes

The students learn the terminology of intercultural studies and disciplines related to it. Furthermore, they get to know the points where cultural studies, anthropology, literary studies, media, communications studies, and memory studies conjoin. Students learn how to formulate their own arguments and how to make concise summaries of academic texts and respond to ideas that get presented in class in a comprehensive way.

Readings

David Damrosch: How to Read World Literature, Willey-Blackwell, 2008.

David Damrosch: What is World Literature, Princeton University Press, 2003.

Studying Transcultural Literary History. Ed. Gunilla Lindberg-Wada. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin and New York 2006.

Bill Readings: The University in Ruins, Harvard University Press, 1997.

W.E.B. Du Bois: The Souls of Black Folk, Tribeca Book, 2013.

Susan Sontag: against Interpretation and Other Essays, Picador, 2001.

Susan Sontag: On Photography, Picador, 2001.

Paul Starr: The Creation of the Media, Princeton UP, 2005.

Peter Burke: Kaj je kulturna zgodovina, Sophia, 2007.

Tomo Virk: Primerjalna književnost na prelomu tisočletja, Založba ZRC SAZU, 2007.

Miche Foucault: Besede in reči. Arheologija humanističnih znanosti. Studia Humanitatis, 2010.

Samuel P. Huntington: Spopad civilizacij, Mladinska knjiga, 2005.

Lionel Trilling: The Moral Obligation to be Intelligent, Northwestern UP, 2009.

Henry Jenkins: Convergence Culture: Where the Old and the New Media Collide. NYU Press, 2008.

James W. Carey: Communication and Culture, Routledge, 1992.

Michael Schudson in Chandra Mukerji (Ur.): Rethinking Popular Culture: Contemporary Perspectives in Cultural Studies, 1991.

Michael Schudson: The Sociology of News. W.W. Norton & Company, 2011.

Asa Briggs in Peter Burke (ur.): Socialna zgodovina medijev – od Gutenberga do Interneta, Sophia, 2005.

Apart from the above listed works, we also incorporate in our syllabus the readings of scholarly essays in English and thus prepare students for the possible entry into the international academic community. On occasion, we watch documentary films that focus on intercultural topics.

Assessment

The students have to pass the final exam and before that, achieve a high enough grade at their mid/term test as well as complete and present two seminar works. The mid/term test and the seminar essays are prerequisites for the students to be able to take the final exam. Mandatory (80%) attendance (lectures and the seminar) and participation in class discussions.

Lecturer's references

Leonora Flis is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Humanities at the University of Nova Gorica. She teaches Contemporary Literary Theory, Selected Topics in World Literature (British and American Literature), and Literature and Other Arts (Film). Additionally, her areas of research include: literary journalism, documentary literature and documentary graphic novels (comics). Flis also writes book and film reviews and translates academic and literary texts.

The selection of published texts:

Scientific Monograph

FLIS, Leonora. Factual fictions : narrative truth and the contemporary American documentary novel. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2010. XII, 254 str. ISBN 9781-4438-24130-2. ISBN 1-4438-2413-5. [COBISS.SI-ID 44359522]

Original Scientific Article

1. FLIS, Leonora. Louis Adamič : Slovene-American literary journalism avant la lettre. Slov. stud., 2011, vol. 33, no. 2, str. 115-132. [COBISS.SI-ID 2404091]

2. FLIS, Leonora. The blending of fact and fiction in three American documentary (crime) narratives. Acta neophilol., 2010, letn. 43, št. 1/2, str. 69-82, 171-172. [COBISS.SI-ID 44265058]

3. FLIS, Leonora. Documentary narratives in postmodern times : The United States and Slovenia. Slov. stud., 2009, vol. 31, no. 1, str. 31-49. [COBISS.SI-ID 39872098]

4. FLIS, Leonora. Vznik ameriškega dokumentarnega romana in njegove postmoderne razsežnosti. Primer. književ., 2007, letn. 30, št. 1, str. 153-166. [COBISS.SI-ID 5924126]

Review Article

5. FLIS, Leonora. Literary journalism in Slovenia. Literary journalism, Winter 2012, vol. 6, no. 1, str. 8-10. http://www.davidabrahamson.com/WWW/IALJS/Literary_Journalism_v6n1_WINTER_2012.pdf. [COBISS.SI-ID 2196731]

6. FLIS, Leonora. Spisana pot v sebe : avtobiografska proza Lojzeta Kovačiča v kontekstu problematike avtobiografskega žanra o polifoniji in dvoglasju. Literatura (Ljublj.), mar. 2011, leto 23, št. 237, str. 189-195. [COBISS.SI-ID 1793787]

7. FLIS, Leonora. Domačnost izpraznjenega bivanja in ljubezenske slutnje : pregled pripovednega opusa Janija Virka. Literatura (Ljublj.), jul.-avg. 2010, leto 22, št. 229-230, str. 202-218. [COBISS.SI-ID 43532386]

8. FLIS, Leonora. Racionalna sebičnost kot temeljna vrednota in vrlina. Literatura (Ljublj.), 2010, leto 22, št. 231/232, str. 86-88. [COBISS.SI-ID 1786107]

9. FLIS, Leonora. Izpiljena sinteza forme in razuma. Literatura (Ljublj.), nov. 2010, leto 22, št. 233, str. 165-171. [COBISS.SI-ID 1785851]

10. FLIS, Leonora. Slovenia’s contemporary poetic endeavors. Bricolage, May 2006, no. 1, str. 29-39. [COBISS.SI-ID 39895650]

11. FLIS, Leonora. Cultural shades of Slovenia : a brief outlook of Slovenia’s literature: discovering the literature of Europe’s Terra Incognita. Zarja, Jan./Feb. 2006, vol. 78, issue 1, str. 6-7. [COBISS.SI-ID 39852386]

Professional Article

12. FLIS, Leonora. Evropski Woody Allen : vnovično iskanje smisla in/ali premagovanje dolgčasa. Dialogi (Maribor), 2011, let. 47, št. 1/2, str. 161-165. [COsBISS.SI-ID 1851131]

13. FLIS, Leonora. Ekstaza blodenj in bolečine. Dialogi (Maribor), 2011, let. 47, št. 5/6, str. 89-93. [COBISS.SI-ID 2194683]

University course code: 2SL1003

Year of study: 1

Course principal:

Lecturer:

ECTS: 9

Workload:

  • Lectures: 30 hours
  • Exercises: 30 hours
  • Seminar: 30 hours
  • Individual work: 180 hours

Course type: obligatory

Languages: slovene

Learning and teaching methods:
• lectures • group discussion (moderated by the professor) • seminar sections intended for students' analyses of selected texts. group discussion among all the participants of the seminar sections. • seminar work – 2 essays/presentations • class presentations of two seminar essays and joint discussion