HISTORY 497 - History Colloquium
Winter 2021, Section 003 - Modern Scottish Culture: Past, Present, and Politics
Instruction Mode: Section 003 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
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The Scottish moral philosopher Adam Smith claimed that the true wealth of the nation lay in its culture; more recent writers have argued that contemporary Scottish politics, including questions about independence, have been infused or even driven by cultural activity in a variety of forms. It is not just that poets, theatre-makers, musicians, film-makers, and other cultural actors have played and continue to play prominent roles in political life, but also that reading, seeing, hearing, and participating in cultural activity have been important ways in which Scottish people think about and may come to act on political issues. Relations between past, present, and future have been central to modern Scottish life in innumerable ways, to the extent that "time travel" could be called a central motif in Scottish culture and politics. A multiplicity of histories, languages, and landscape shape cultural and political work--e.g., relations between, economics and film-making, politics and science fiction--and they are not reducible to cliches or claims about identity.

In this course, we will explore Scottish cultural activity from the late 19th century to the present—including imagined futures-- through literature of many kinds, visual arts of many kinds, performances of many kinds, music of many kinds, and criticism of many kinds. The shared material of the course will include drama, film, fiction, poetry, music, landscape works, creative engagements with science and technology, the visual arts, and political theory. Students will undertake research explorations which will allow them to explore interests in both longer modern histories and ongoing Scottish events. It is VERY LIKELY that events happening during the semester will draw our attention.

Intended Audience:

No previous knowledge of Scotland is assumed and, insofar as space is available, students who are not senior history majors will be very, very welcome.


HISTORY 497 - History Colloquium
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001 (SEM)
1LSA Jr>
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Unless otherwise noted, all sections of 497 are remote with synchronous instruction.
002 (SEM)
7LSA Jr>
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
003 (SEM)
8LSA Jr>
W 10:00AM - 1:00PM

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