Goals: to address fear as accelerator of cultural processes. The seminar builds from theory produced on the cusp of psychohistory, cultural and political theory, psychoanalysis and theory of fiction. Discussions will be organized around 3 main drivers: technological disruption, democracy and the anthropology of difference and on the selective reading and viewing of representative texts and films. Fear shall be discussed and analyzed as a driver of cultural societal transformation.
Competencies: communication and written skills, global understanding of culture and the field of cultural studies. Develop intercultural competencies arising from a comparative approach and foster a critical reasoning supported by informed academic arguments. The student will be able to diagnose a problem, to place it in its socio-cultural context and compare it to similar or contrastive cultural realities as well as to interpret and discuss it using the scientific language of its own academic community.