Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst FHNW in Basel
What is Culture?
Vorlesung & Praktische Arbeit
Peter R. Burleigh
Montag 15.30 – 16.15 Uhr
Aula, Gebäude E Vogelsangstr. 15 4058 Basel

The lecture given in English is intended to facilitate students with the means to reflect on culture and cultural theory from a critical perspective.

The lecture series will comprise three phases. First, there will be a brief review of cultural theories comparing and contrasting keymethod s with one another. A second phase will deal with readings of cultural phenomena according to classic analytical tools. Examples will be taken from design, architecture, film, fashion, and music. The third phase will explore current issues and potential future developments in thinking about culture, such as space and mobility. Each phase will look at canonical exponents of cultural theory and address objects, behaviours, practices that exemplify particular ways in which we can understand culture. A key aim of the lecture is moreover to think how both practices and their understanding—especially from a critical reflection—produce culture. In this sense, the questions of who has rights to say what counts as and may be reco- gnized as culture will be a central issue of the lecture, giving it a relevance to today’s post-production, latecapitalist


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