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Current courses within the 'a.r.t.e.s. module'

Summer semester 2021


Interdisciplinary lecture series as part of the a.r.t.e.s. Research Master Programme "Todesarten"

> Organisation: Jun. Prof. Dr. Roman Bartosch & Prof. Dr. Ute Planert
> Date: Monday 17:45 - 19:15 via Zoom

Death is the only certainty of life. The awareness of one's own mortality is a basic condition of being human and has challenged religions and philosophers to attempt interpretations over the centuries. With the possibility of man-made extinction in mind, the lecture series is dedicated to the various ways of dealing with one's own temporality: From the ars moriendi of the Middle Ages to the intolerability of the Holocaust, from the pleasure of horror to the infinite end in the fictional worlds of computer games, from nuclear death in Japan to mass death in the Anthropocene. The lecture series invites an interdisciplinary exchange and presents research results and approaches from literature and cultural studies, history, philosophy, art, music and media studies as well as theology.


Summer semester 2020


Material workshop: Master Colloquium in the a.r.t.e.s. Research Master Programme

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Thiemo Breyer / Dr. Erik Dzwiza
Date: 03.07.2020, 09:00-18:00
Zoom Meeting

The materials workshop gives the participants of the Research Master Programme the opportunity to present and discuss the topics of their theses in an interdisciplinary context. Note: We recommend that all participants attend the materials workshop at least once during the Master's phase. The workshop is usually offered every semester. Only after consultation and in exceptional cases, active participation in the event can be offered as a colloquium for the a.r.t.e.s. module can be credited.


Seminar: Prominence

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Birgit Hellwig
Appointment: Thursday, 12:00-13:30
Zoom Meeting

This seminar deals with the concept of prominence, which has a long tradition in linguistics: When we speak, we do not treat everything the same - we emphasize some syllables, others not; we make some participants into subjects, others into objects; or we refer to some speakers with a minimal expression, and to others with a long elaborated expression. That is, we select one element (a syllable, a player, a speaker) from a set of similar elements - an element that is or becomes prominent, that becomes the focus of our attention. Starting point of this seminar is first of all the concept of prominence in linguistics, and current research of the Cologne Collaborative Research Center "Prominence in Language" will be presented and discussed. Building on this we use related concepts in the different subjects of the students (e.g. salience, attention, etc.).