German 191A: Speculative Ways of Writing History

Instructor: Kalani Michell

The course explores speculative approaches to historiography, focusing on new methods of writing media histories for women and LGBTQ+ and nonwhite people. Students will learn to analyze and interpret materials of visual culture and moving image work thematizing Germany and Europe that engage with speculation as a productive mode of writing media history. The course will pay particular attention to new scholarship in Black European Studies that challenges gendered and colonial teleological historiographies. Taught in English.