Countless stories in books, films, series and games make up the canon of science fiction (sf), the genre of popular literature and media that represents the success of mass culture like none other and has, especially since Hollywood discovered it (in films like “Avatar”) for its stunning creation of worlds, been growing in fan numbers by the year. Unfortunately though, even though media presence is growing and students express an interest in sf, the genre has been neglected by academia, especially in teaching. One problem might be that research in sf can mostly been found
abroad and many experts teach at US institutions.
This semester, the Universität Hamburg therefore promotes an innovative teaching project which tries to rectify this situation by gathering experts of sf virtually to teach via video lecture. The project thus combines a lecture series with a classic seminar approach and allows for weekly sessions on specialized topics. Experts will give “live” talks via the net, introduce their fields of study and then answer questions from the audience. In the second part of the session, the given topic will be analyzed via exemplary short stories and the thematic concerns of the lecture brought to a practical reading. Visitors of the lectures can participate in the seminar, if they are interested in further discussion of the topics.
- New Media Forms of Science Fiction10.07.2012
- Fandom in Science Fiction03.07.2012
- Feminism in Science Fiction26.06.2012
- Race in Science Fiction19.06.2012
- Science Fiction and New Hollywood12.06.2012
- Science Fiction from Early Film to Modern Cinema05.06.2012
- Slipstream and Genre Crossovers (2000s)22.05.2012
- Cyberpunk (1980s - 1990s)15.05.2012
- The New Wave of Science Fiction (1960s - 1970s)08.05.2012
- The Three Golden Ages of Science Fiction (1940s - 1950s)24.04.2012
- The Rise of the Pulps (The History of Science Fiction: 1900s - 1930s)17.04.2012
- Proto-SF (History of the Genre up to 1900)10.04.2012
- What is Science Fiction? Some Thoughts on Genre03.04.2012