Essay: How Does Cologne Fit in a Discourse on Globalisation?

When I tell people that I’m a Culture Studies student, rarely do they have an idea of what that actually means. What do I study? Well, cultural phenomena like social media, literature, culture history, ideology, sociology of culture, media literacy, globalisation… Basically anything culture-related that constructs the world around us. Instead of going into a deep discussion of what culture is and what we do with it, I thought that today I would share a short piece I wrote for a Globalisation assignment a few weeks ago. It’s actually pretty typical of what we do at uni – taking an object, public space, or art piece, and try to place in in a certain context.

How Does Cologne Fit in a Discourse on Globalisation?
Celine Frohn, 2014

domThe moment one walks out of the central station of Cologne (Köln Hauptbahnhof), one cannot help but notice the most eye-catching building in the city: the Kölner Dom. This cathedral is over 150 meters high, and can be seen from various points in the city. Although the cathedral takes only a few hundred square meters of space in the city center, because of it’s dominant and overwhelming presence, it changes from being a katholic place of worship it becomes an identifier of the city itself. This becomes especially apparent when shopping for postcards – the Dom is placed prominentely on almost all of them.

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Gamescom 2014

It’s like we have a Cologne obsession! Two weeks ago we went on a holiday there and amongst other things visited the zoo, and this week we hopped on the train again for Gamescom 2014! Gamescom, held in the Koelnmesse, is one of the biggest gaming conventions of Europe, and attracts thousands of people every year (340,000 people went to the one last year). There are giant stands and demos and giveaways and competitions and dozens of other fun things to do.

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