Space and Identity Courses:
Growth and Structure of Cities 315: Spaces of Identity: Architecture and Urban Planning in Hamburg
Carola Hein, (Growth and Structure of Cities) taught this course, which established the basic framework for the spatial analysis of Hamburg. It examined the city’s urban form as locus of the multiple global social and physical networks that have shaped local identity and that reflect histories as long as a millennium and that are the product of related sets of political, economic, social, cultural, and religious forces.
Psychology 257: Identity Under Pressure
Taught by Marc Schulz (Psychology), this course explored psychological understandings of identity formation and change, particularly in times of upheaval and migration. Examples of identity formation were drawn from psychological studies, the family histories of class participants, oral history projects, and the experiences of Jews in Hamburg, Germany before and during World War II.
Russian 243: The Art of Exile
Taught by Tim Harte (Russian), this course explored a diverse range of films (Akin, Fassbinder), paintings (Chagall, Rothko), and fictional prose works (Nabokov, Sebald) that probe the experience of exile and emigration. The course focused primarily on Russian émigré culture, 20th-century Jews, American immigrants, and the Turkish community in Hamburg, Germany.