From its inception, British cultural studies have responded to social changes and attempted not only to provide the theoretical means to analyse those changes critically but also to offer alternatives to the status quo. In the British context, cultural studies started from an interest in working-class and popular culture, and, in response to an increasingly multicultural Britain, shifted its focus to issues of race, ethnicity and immigration, later becoming increasingly concerned with gender issues. The most recent issues to which cultural studies have responded are processes which are commonly subsumed under the umbrella term globalisation. This course attempts to investigate selectively some of the diverse processes of globalisation, their historical, political and economic context, and the respective analytical and theoretical responses of cultural studies with a special emphasis on transcultural aspects and the accompanying discourses.
A Reader with a selection of thematically organised texts and the list of topics for term papers will be provided at the beginning of the course.