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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