Berlin is called the most sexually open capital of Europe today. Berlin is open to develop a personal sexual orientation and identity. In clubs, bars, workshops and festivals a broad range and mix of sexual orientations are created in different and also crossing scenes. Homosexual, transgender, tantric, polyamore, sex-positive and BDSM-oriented persons meet and celebrate and create new sexual technics and lifestyles. The sexual is more and more cultivated and improved. The government of Berlin has already recognized the economic dimension of this liberal sexual culture.
What does liberal sexual culture exactly mean? Which practices of comproving the sexual could we find? What kind of historical roots are important to analyse, e.g. the anonymity of the big city, the homosexual movement and the golden twenties? What was and is avant-garde and when it turns into commerce? We will discuss all these issues by reading texts, discussing important places, e.g. clubs, and watching films.
The questions will be discussed by finding an own student research question and project, which will be presented in class, by a student video, a powerpoint presentation or another available format. The final essay will be a research portfolio, to reflect the student research effort at the end of the course.
language requirements English B1, German B1
You will find the detailed syllabus for this course on the Berlin Perspectives Website:
In order to participate, you have to register through the Berlin Perspectives online registration form:
Registration period: 15 September – 25 October 2020:
Seminar places are allocated to the students registered and present in the first session.
This seminar carries 5 ECTS.
Berlin Perspectives is an international and interdisciplinary course program for incoming international students to complement their regular studies at Humboldt-Universität. It is also open to regular HU students who may enroll as part of their elective course requirements (üWP). Courses are taught in English or in bilingual German-English formats.