Cultural Issues of the Post-Millennium [Textovy Seminar 6 MA]

David Levente Palatinus PhD

Tue 9.40-11.15 F010


The purpose of this course is to revisit political, social and economic changes of the post-millennial era are reflected in cultural and critical thinking. The course has two distinctly defined goals: on the one hand we will look at the impact globalization, neoliberal capitalism, climate change, global migration crises and the escalation of violence and terrorism had on the ways we negotiate our lives in a world that is becoming increasingly digital and networked. We wish to analyze and interpret the role social media and participatory culture play in the rise of political activism and awareness.

On the other hand, we pay special attention to the ways these trends become particularly manifest (as political and historical turning points) in the debates surrounding Brexit and the American presidential elections. The course will offer insight into the ways the US and the UK position themselves in a global world, and how these relations necessitate the rethinking of concepts like cultural hegemony, tolerance, colonialism, violence, migration, nationalism, border, neoliberalism, capitalism, equality, labour, cultural imperialism, global vs local, sustainability, climate change, etc.



Course requirements include active participation in class discussion (a maximum of 50 course points), written assignments (a maximum of 50 course points), and a final project (a written work, for a maximum of 50 course points).

During the course you will be expected to follow and reflect on specific media outputs engaging with a specific issue of your choice. Media outputs might include (but are not limited to):

- social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc – with special emphasis on memes)

- online newspapers and magazines: The Guardian, The Independent, New Statesman, Slate, Vox, The Atlantic, The Conversation,, The Huffington Post, Salon,,,,

Students can collect a maximum of 100 course points. The outputs from which those course points come is completely up to the student. Evaluation is then based on the following chart:

100-91 course points: A

90-81 course points: B

80-71 course points: C

70-61 course points: D

60-51 course points: E

50-     course points: Fx



Week 1 Introduction: From the Cold War to a globalized world (trends and critical concepts of the Post-Millennium)

Week 2 Debating Ideology: Brexit and the US Elections (causes and effects)

Week 3 Crises: War and Terrorism

Week 4 Crises: Economic Recessions

Week 5 Crises: Climate change

Week 6 Crises: Migration and the concept of the border


Week 8 Participatory Culture and Social Media Activism [memes, fb groups and shares and discussions]

Week 9 UK and EU

Week 10 UK and US

Week 11 US and EU

Week 12 Conclusion


Suggested Literature: [see also DROPBOX for suggested links]


-        Samuel P. Huntington: The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996. [Intro, Chapter 12.]

-        Jacques Ranciere: ‘Critique and Science in Capital’. Reading Capital: The Complete Edition. Verso Books, 2016. [exceprt]

-        Slavoj Zizek: ‘In the Wake of the Paris Attacks, the Left Must Embrace Its Radical Western Roots’

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-        McKenzie Wark: Issues in c21 Critical Theory. Public Seminar (August, 2016.)

-        Thomas Nail: Theory of the Border. Oxford University Press, 2016. [Introduction.]

-        Thomas Nail: ‘A Tale of Two Crises: Migration and Terrorism after the Pairs Attacks’. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism. Vol. 16. No. 1. 2016. Pp 158-167.

-        Jacques Derrida: Autoimmunity: ‘Real and Symbolic Suicides’. Borradori, G. Philosophy in a Time of Terror. University of Chicago Press, 2003. [Excerpt.]

-        The Brexit Crisis: A Verso Report. Verso Books, 2016. [Chapters 2, 9, and 11]

-        The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics. Eds. Alex Bruns et al. Routledge, 2014. [excerpts]

-        Social Media, Politics, and the State. Eds. Daniel Trottier and Christian Fuchs. Routledge, 2015. [excerpts]

-        A selection of articles from The Guardian, The Independent, Slate, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, and OpenCulture, covering Brexit and the US presidential elections