ARTS012 Cultural Construction of Otherness

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
PhDr. Roman Doušek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Daniel Drápala, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Alena Křížová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Martina Pavlicová, CSc. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Miroslav Válka, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Daniel Drápala, Ph.D.
Department of European Ethnology - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of European Ethnology - Faculty of Arts
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! PROGRAM ( B - ET_ )||( PROGRAM ( B - ET_ )&&( ARTS001 Cognitive Sciences || ARTS002 Approaches to language || ARTS003 Contemporary culture || ARTS004 Homer and European literature || ARTS006 The Fall of an Empire or the Rise of Europe? || ARTS007 Germánské literatury – nositelé Nobelovy ceny za literaturu || ARTS008 Argumentation and Logic || ARTS009 Czech 101 || ARTS010 History of Mongolia and steppe empires || ARTS011 Transformations of Christian Europe: Visions, Critical Analysis and Discussions || ARTS013 Slavonic Areas || ARTS014 How to read World Literature. || ARTS015 Humans as a cultural species || ARTS016 Medieval Literary Life || ARTS017 Life after Death in Arts || ARTS018 || ARTS019 Shakespeare's Analysis of Love || ARTS020 Digitální humanitní vědy || ARTS021 Art and Culture in Cent.Europe ))
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
The capacity limit for the course is 150 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/150, only registered: 0/150, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/150
Course objectives
The subject deals with cultural otherness that concerns individuals as members of defined social groups, their behaviour and life style. This type of otherness will be explained based on the principles of its origin, the discourse practices, and the subjective and objective principles of its bearers and creators. The first thematic part of the lecture will focus on local identities created based on different principles (e.g. ethnicity, social class, community, language, situational social groups) and it will be demonstrated by specific forms of behaviour. The second part will deal with the creation of an image of those Other/Different, whether in non-European space, within Europe, and within the population of the Czech lands. The third part of the lecture series will pay attention to ethnic and language diversity in Europe, and to regional and social diversity of inhabitants living in the Czech lands, which was demonstrated through selected cultural forms in the past.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the above subject cycle, the students will have the capacity of basic orientation in the categories and terms which are associated with the principles of cultural otherness built on the study of society and its culture. When graduating from the subject, the students will be directed to understanding the principles of cultural otherness, and they will be able to describe these aspects using concrete examples.
  • 1. Introduction, culture, cultural institutions, otherness and perception thereof; We vs. They.
  • 2. Identity – perception thereof, means.
  • 3. Examples of stereotypes – European setting.
  • 4. Examples of stereotypes – non-European setting.
  • 5. Examples of stereotypes – countryside vs. city.
  • 6. Examples of stereotypes – ethnographic and ethnic groups in the Czech lands, and their image.
  • 7. Ethnic and language composition of Europe, and the principles of ethnic processes.
  • 8. Regional differentiation with examples of architectural culture.
  • 9. Regional differentiation with examples of clothing culture.
  • 10. Regional differentiation with examples of occupation.
  • 11. Regional differentiation with examples of folklore.
  • 12. Folk and popular culture.
    recommended literature
  • Lidová kultura : národopisná encyklopedie Čech, Moravy a Slezska. Edited by Lubomír Tyllner - Stanislav Brouček - Richard Jeřábek - Dušan Hol. Vydání první. Praha: Etnologický ústav Akademie věd České republiky, v.v.i., v Praze a Ústav evropské etnologie Filozofické fakulty Masarykovy univerzity v Brně v nakladatelství Mladá fronta, 2007. 634 stran. ISBN 9788020414502. info
  • JANČÁŘ, Josef. Lidová kultura na Moravě. Strážnice: Ústav lidové kultury, 2000. 373 pp. ISBN 80-86156-31-1. info
  • Československá vlastivěda. D. 3, Lidová kultura. Praha: Orbis, 1968. info
Teaching methods
Lectures,reading, discussion.
Assessment methods
Semestral paper, discussion.
Language of instruction
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses

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