about

Welcome to our blog hosted by the staff and students of the chair of Cultural Studies within the English Department at the University of Koblenz-Landau in Germany.

With this blog we intended to share our critical insights on the cultural space and its varied pop-cultural phenomena. These reflect our research interests and scholarly outputs as well as the findings and projects of our students. Like cultural studies itself, the blog will touch on a variety of concepts and include topics ranging from questions of identity to popular culture.

The various sections of this blog are:

Current

Here we survey a current debate surrounding an event with a global political and/or (pop)cultural impact.


Fun Fact

Humour offers varied insights into a culture and often has been seen as a mirror of it. Here we try to illuminate humoristic and comic events, faux pas, failures, etc.


Recent

Here we follow up recent discussion of long-term debates such as Brexit, Covid-19, (the role of) Social Media, Political Correctness, Conspiracy Theory, etc.


Topic Tuesday

In this section we discuss topics and findings suggested by our students in class, via email (csblog@uni-landau.de) or that caught our attention in social media.


Zoomin’ In

A series of zoom meetings organised by the Cultural Studies team. It originally began in order to promote a discussion of “culture” between students and teachers in an informal setting during the Covid-19 Lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 and has continued since. This section shares some of its scholarly merits in blog-form.


Topical Thesis

Here we would like to share (in irregular intervals) a summary of a BA or MA thesis that we found to be most topical – along with a short profile of the author.


Blog

See blog posts on all topics.


Authors

Currently, the blog is maintained by Kathleen Starck, Thomas Gurke and Samuel Malessa (who is also the webmaster) of the Cultural Studies team. We hope to add more authors in future!