"Take the Mic!": The Cultural Politics of Spoken Word and Slam Poetry

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Course Information

Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154645 "Take the Mic!": The Cultural Politics of Spoken Word and Slam Poetry - Blockseminar 2 PS
  • Di 08:30 - 11:45
  • 13.06. - 25.07.
R. 0.420 Kost

Course Description

So called “slams” and poetry readings currently enjoy great popularity in Germany and the United States. But what does it take to be a Slammer? What is the essence of competitive poetry? And more importantly, what are the social and cultural influences and implications behind these texts? In this comparative class the students will get to know the theory and practice behind Spoken Word and Poetry Slam together with a survey on their history and development. We will focus on the role of slam as a cultural practice and analyze its unique dynamics and status as a literary movement and medium of protest from an academic perspective. Students will read and write spoken word and slam texts, comparing and contrasting practices of slam in the U.S. and Germany, which allows for a transnational focus. Students will be asked to attend 1-2 poetry reading events/slams in Dortmund and to write a review on their experiences.


Lehramt: MA LA: LPO 2003:
  • GHR: 1f
  • GyGe: 1f, 4c
  • SP1. Fach: 1f
  • SP2. Fach:
  • BK: 1f, 4c
LPO 1994/2000:
  • B4, E2
LABG 2009:
  • G: 602
  • HRG: 503
  • GyGe/BK: 503
  • SP:
  • B.A.ALK: Kern 1c, 2abc, 3a Komp 1b, 2c, ab WS 16/17: Kern 1c, 2abc, 3a Komp 1b, 2c
  • B.A.AS: Komp 2a, ab WS 16/17: Komp 2a
  • M.A.ALK:
  • M.A.AS: