SOC567 Narratives, Icons, Identities

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. PhDr. Ing. Radim Marada, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Csaba Szaló, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Gábor Oláh, Ph.D. (assistant)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Ladislav Rabušic, CSc.
Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Soňa Enenkelová
Supplier department: Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Basic knowledge of sociological theories and methods is presupposed.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 20 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/20, only registered: 0/20, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/20
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
At the end of this course, students should be able to
understand and explain key concepts like collective identity, self-identity, social identity, class consciousness, ethnic identities and ethnization, gender identities, local identities, national identities, cosmopolitan identities;
to analyze the basic sociological perspectives of identity formation;
develop sociological interpretation of empirical cases of identity formation on the ground of acquired knowledge.
Learning outcomes
Knowledge of the basic analytical apparatus of contemporary cultural sociology. Ability to critically interpret and apply articles published in academic journals for own research. Ability to employ relevant analytical apparatus for explaining various social phenomena.
  • 1. Modernity and interpretations of the future - Koselleck (2004: 9-25)
  • 2. Remolding a word into a concept - Koselleck (2004: 75-92)
  • 3. Polarities, counter-concepts, identities - Koselleck (2004: 155-191)
  • 4. The categories of experience and expectations - Koselleck (2004: 255-275)
  • 5. War memorials and identity formation - Koselleck (2002: 285-326)
  • 6. Iconoclasm and symbolic retribution- Stites (1985)
  • 7. Image, ideology, iconoclasm - Mitchell (1986: 7-74, 151-208)
  • 8. Iconography, iconology, meaning - Panofsky (2012)
  • 9. Iconographic experience - Alexander (2008)
  • 10. Memories, futures and impossible identities - Wolf (1984)
    required literature
  • Mitchell, W. 1986. Iconology : image, text, ideology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
    not specified
  • Panofsky,Erwin.2012.“On the Problem of Describing and InterpretingWorks of theVisualArts.” Critical Inquiry 38(3): 467–482.
  • Wolf, Christa. 1984. Patterns of Childhood . New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
  • Alexander, Jeffrey. C. 2008.“Iconic Experience in Art and Life.” Theory, Culture & Society 25(5):1.
  • Stites, Richard. 1985.“Iconoclastic Currents in the Russian Revolution: Destroying and Preserving the Past.” Pp. 1–24 in Bolshevik Culture, edited by Abbott Gleason and Richard Stites. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
  • KOSELLECK, Reinhart. Futures past : on the semantics of historical time. Translated by Keith Tribe. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004. xx, 317. ISBN 0231127715. info
  • KOSELLECK, Reinhart. The practice of conceptual history : timing history, spacing concepts. Edited by Hayden V. White, Translated by Todd Samuel Presner. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2002. xiv, 363. ISBN 0804743053. info
Teaching methods
lectures, class discussion, presentations.
Assessment methods
position papers, midterm paper, final paper
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Spring 2017.
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