Intensive courses

Spring 2020

AJ18072 / AJ27082 / AJL27082
How Did it Come to This? An Intersectional Understanding of the Roots of Inequality in
the United States and United Kingdom in the Age of Trump and Brexit
Dr. Sagar Deva (University of Leeds, UK)

Course description:
This course will seek to understand, through an intersectional analysis, the complex systems of
discrimination that have underpinned and still underpin both the rising tide of nationalism in the
West and the continued poverty and suffering of the Global South, suggesting a clear
connection between the two. It will look at the multiple forms of discrimination on which these
systems of prejudice and inequality rest, with a particular focus on racism, sexism, and the
‘intersectional’ relationship between these two forms of prejudice which impacts particularly on
women of colour.

AJL28063, AJ18090, SAKS015
Aboriginal Issues and Contemporary Politics in Canada
doc. Dr. Mitja Durnik (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Course description:
This course will trace the history of the relationship between Aboriginal populations in Canada
and the settler nation. The issues and topics covered in the course will include the following:
Aboriginal history and the “first contact” problem; Historical aspects of Aboriginal economy and
politics; Colonial politics and fur trade: the decline of the Aboriginal “nation”; Aboriginal treaties
and land claims in Canada; Basics of Aboriginal self-government; Residential Schools, Truth
and Reconciliation; Federal government policy towards Aboriginal peoples; Aboriginal
citizenship politics; Aboriginal women and political power; Aboriginal languages in political
participation perspective; Metis political recognition; Contemporary Aboriginal economic
development; Quebec historical identity and Aboriginal question; and Hydroelectric policy in
Quebec and Manitoba: neoliberal policy against Aboriginal resistance.

AJL28064, AJ18091, AJ28064
Contemporary Canadian Art and Literature
Catherine Parayre (Brock University, Canada)

Course description:
Comparative study of twentieth- and twenty-first-century Canadian artworks and literary texts.
Focus on themes and motifs, cultural background, art and literary history. May include art by
Edward Burtynsky, Brian Jungen, Laura L. Letinsky and Jeff Wall, and texts by Margaret
Atwood, Adam Dickinson, Natasha Kanape Fontaine and Katherena Vermette.

Autumn 2019

AJL22103/AJ22103 Introduction to Terminology
Prof. Jean Quirion (University of Ottawa, Canada)

Course description:
The course provides an introduction into the linguistic study of terminology, outlining the
methodology of measuring terminology systems and usage.

AJL22104/AJ22104 Theoretical Pragmatics: Translation as a Hermeneutical Tool
Dr. Piotr Czajka (University of Wroclaw, Poland)

Course description:
The course deals with how meaning in constructed in contemporary hermeneutics, Speech
Act Theory, Stanley Fish's concept of interpretation, Ernst von Glasersfeld’s radical
constructivism and George Steiner's concept of translation as a hermeneutic motion.

AJ12082/AJ22105/AJL22105 Language, Mind, and Human Nature: An Introduction to
Linguistics in Cognitive Science
Dr. Mihailo Antovic (University of Niš, Serbia)

Course description:
This course provides an introduction to the study of cognitive linguistics.

AJ18014/AJ28046 Canadian Nationalism
SAKS015 Vybrané kapitoly z anglofonních lingvistických a kulturních studií SA
Prof. Richard Nimijean (Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada)

Course description:
This course questions whether a national identity is possible or even desirable within an
increasingly diverse and complex Canada. It examines the historical and contemporary
construction of Canadian identities, explores competing nationalisms within Canadian
borders, and engages in a critical evaluation of the role of nationalism.

Spring 2019

UZAJ9515 Literature and culture in EFL classes / Literatura a kultura ve výuce angličtiny
Mgr. Michaela Čaňková
Course description:
The course is a lively, practical exploration of English cultures and literatures and how they interact. A wide range of activities and approaches to teaching this will be offered. Students will have an opportunity to try out different strategies of teaching literature in its context. The following sessions will be presented: USA history, highlights of 20th-century American literature, multicultural Britain, Ireland, Northern Ireland, contemporary British literature set in the city, Wales, Scotland, Africa in British and African writing, festivals in Britain.

AJ16176/AJ26274 Video Games: Culture, Texts, Issues
Prof. Pawel Frelik (University of Warsaw, Poland) February 11-15, 2019, room G31

Course description:
The course will provide a comprehensive introduction to video games, commercially and artistically one of the most vibrant among contemporary cultural forms. While the medium itself is truly global and transnational, the American contexts of its emergence and development are crucial for understanding its discourses and most readily exemplify a broad range of the medium’s cultural entanglements. In the course, the students will examine the history of video games as a medial form, study (play) selected games representative of various genres and forms, and engage a range of issues, including the medium’s position in contemporary American culture, games’ procedural rhetoric, representations of gender and race, the game industry’s complicity in cognitive capitalism, and audience-side practices.

AJ18089/AJ28062 Margaret Atwood: Transgressing Genre
Katarína Labudová, Ph.D. (Catholic University in Ružomberok, Slovakia)
February 18-22, 2019, room G316

Course description:
“What is genre? What is gender? These seem to remain open questions,” Margaret Atwood said in a 2014 talk on Genre and Gender at Penn University. This course offers to examine Margaret Atwood’s use of genre and gender. Special emphasis will be given to her major novels, beginning with autobiographical elements in Cat’s Eye, historiographic metafiction (Alias Grace, Blind Assassin, The Robber Bride) and ending with fairy tale echoes in her novels and short stories. The seminar will scrutinize the dystopian/utopian and speculative fiction/science fiction dilemmas negotiated in Atwood’s fiction and non-fiction (Maddaddam trilogy, The Handmaid’s Tale). We will discuss the literary usefulness (or lack of it) of genre and form labels, Atwood’s use of intertextuality and genre hybridity.

AJ16175 History of Rock Music: Part I - 1850-1990
Prof. Gene Terruso

Course description:
This course is a survey of the history, development and social resonance of rock and roll, from its roots in the late 19th and early 20th century up through the 1990s. The class will introduce the student to, and/or provide some depth of awareness about, a roster of major figures and trends in rock and roll. It will consider the art form as a still young and evolving means of expression. It will explore how it has influenced social and cultural environments and how it has been influenced by them. How the individual student relates to rock music will form an important component of the course and will be examined through ongoing discussion and project work.

AJ27085 Stephen Spielberg: His Life and Career
Prof. Gene Terruso

AJ14155/AJ24259 Local/Global Environments
Lenka Filipová (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)

Course description:
The course will explore relations of particular places and global systems in environmentalism from the 1960s, i.e. the time of the emergence of the green movement, until the present. We will examine a variety of images and texts including novels, essays and cultural theory and discuss what different ‘cultures of nature’ can be discerned when working with different histories, genres and art forms from across the globe. While looking at how notions of both ‘nature’ and place are represented and dramatized in selected narratives, we will be concerned with some of the key theoretical and conceptual issues underpinning the field of both environmental and postcolonial studies. What, after all, do we mean when we speak of ‘nature’ and ‘the environment’? Whose environment, and who gets to speak? We will explore the often closely intertwined issues of environmental degradation and colonialism and look at how unstable notions of ‘ecology’ and ‘conservation’ can be engaged from the Global South. While discussing these issues, we will also consider what questions of slow violence, deep time and the non-human do to literary form. Reading will include (extracts from) work by Wendell Berry, Andrew McMurry, Gary Snyder, William Cronon, Ursula Heise, David Harvey, Rob Nixon, Amitav Ghosh, Kim Scott, Deborah Bird Rose, and Stephen Muecke.

AJ18088/AJ28059 Cultural Landscapes and Cultural Identity
Assoc. Prof. Peter Thompson (Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada)

Course description:
Landscape has always been a durable and important marker of Canadian cultural identity. While early proponents of the garrison thesis saw in Canadian culture a fear of the harsh and forbidding wilderness, romantic poets and artists viewed the landscape as a source of spiritual renewal. The relationship between Canadians and the land has also always been at least in part defined in economic terms: Canada’s natural resources fueled settlement and have positioned the country as an important exporter of things like oil, timber and fresh water. This course will examine the conflict between traditional views of the landscape – which oscillate between overly romanticized portrayals and economically driven assessments – and more recent approaches which argue that landscapes are socially constructed and serve ideological interests. This course will consider the impact of the environmental movement on Canadians’ perception of the landscape, the role of spatial identity theory on understanding physical landmass, the relationship between Canada’s heritage industry and cultural landscapes, and differences between rural, urban, and suburban landscapes.

Autumn 2018

AJ14068/AJ24092: J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings
Mgr. Janka Kaščáková, Ph.D. (Catholic Univeristy in Ružomberok, Slovakia)

Course description:
This course aims at discussing a selected number of topics from The Lord of the Rings, covering both some well-known issues underlying Tolkien's masterpiece as well as introducing some elements which are usually overlooked or neglected. The course will further enhance the students' skills of critical thinking and literary analysis.

AJ17076/AJ27082: ‘O say, can you smell?’: American Studies as Olfactory Studies
Dr. Thomas Clark (University of Frankfurt, Germany)

Course description:
Sensory Studies have grown to be an increasingly important, though ultimately still peripheral, field within American studies. More so than sight and sound, smell in particular has suffered academically from its long-standing devaluation and ambiguity, viewed as part
of the animalic, irrational, sexual realm diametrically opposed to rational inquiry. After a general introduction to sensory studies, we will focus in this seminar on various historical and cultural scent discourses, such as smell and race, smell and (im)migration, smell and
gender, perfume and food cultures. We will also conduct our own scent experiments to learn about scent identification, association and mapping spaces through smell.

AJ18014/AJ28046: Canadian Nationalism
Prof. Richard Nimijean (Carleton University, Canada)

Course description:
This course questions whether a national identity is possible or even desirable within an increasingly diverse and complex Canada. It examines the historical and contemporary construction of Canadian identities, explores competing nationalisms within Canadian
borders, and engages in a critical evaluation of the role of nationalism. The major goals of this course are to introduce you to different explanations of Canadian nationalism and to encourage you to think critically about the complex relationship between competing
articulations of Canadian nationalism and the Canadian identity.

AJ17078/AJ27084: Topics in Digital Research
Dr. Amy Earhart (Texas A&M University, USA)

Course description:
This course that will introduce graduate students to the digital humanities. A broad area of scholarly research, this course will focus on data analysis, digital textual studies, and cultural digital humanities, with a particular focus on race and gender. This course asks students to
grapple with these crucial issues by tracing the historical development, theoretical roots, and emergent trends of digital scholarship within literary studies. Reading broadly through a range of historical and contemporary digital literary texts, we will develop a working
definition of the field and reach an understanding of current scholarly areas of investigation. Students will examine several case studies and will complete a hands on project that emphasizes both applied and theoretical approaches to digital humanities. In addition, the
course will require students to write a traditional research paper.

AJ92111: Eye-movements and language, the most important paradigms
Prof. Kenneth Bo-Ingvar Holmqvist (Lund University, Sweden)

Course description:
The author of the essential book on the method of eye-tracking (Eye Tracking: A Comprehensive Guide to Methods and Measures, OUP 2015) comes to teach the basics of eye-tracking theory, and to demonstrate its practical use in research in the humanities. The
course will use the equipment of HUME Laboratory at the Faculty of Arts. Prof. Holqvist will look at Eye-Tracking applications, with emphasis on the research in reading and language. The basics of neurology and psychology of eye-movements will also be included.

Spring 2018

AJ29088 Divadelní překlad a adaptace
doc. Mgr. Pavel Drábek, Ph.D.

AJ17075/AJ27081 Hollywood High School: A History of American Teen Films
Björn Sonnenberg-Schrank (Universitaet zu Koeln)

UZAJ9515 Metodika výuky literatury a kultury
Mgr. Michaela Čaňková

Course description:
Intensive Course in Methodology of Teaching Culture and Literature for Secondary Schools
A succession of practical interactive seminars that offer a wide choice of methodology approaches to teaching culture and literature to secondary school students.

AJ17074 Political Commentary and the American Media
Gene Terruso

AJ27080 European Masters and the Early American Cinema
Gene Terruso