Based on researches of Postcolonial Theory and Critical Whiteness Studies the seminar deals with mechanisms and consequences of European colonialism and imperialism.
German (mass-) media contributes extensively to the White German’s sense of self and the other by transporting images. Thus social power relations are discursively constructed and reproduced.
Postcolonial approaches observe significantly not only identification processes of groups and individuals of former colonialized societies but challenge the own self-concept and self-image of colonialized societies.
After all colonial-racist patterns of thinking and acting are not established and forced overnight and form the sense of the self and of the other over a long term. In Germany a self-critical and comprehensive debate is emerging only hesitantly and started mainly in academic circles since the 1990ies.
In the seminar we will now inspect daily newspapers, magazines, advertisement and charity posters as well as movie- and TV-productions.
Which norms, values and aims are they purporting and how are they forming social interaction?