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45266-01 - Seminar: No border, no nation? Contemporary refugee protests in Europe and beyond 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2016
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Bilgin Ayata (bilgin.ayata@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt This seminar will explore the rise of refugee protest movements who have made their voices increasingly heard in recent years around the world. The refugee protests against the UNHCR at the Coucha camp in Tunisia (2011), the refugee march from Würzburg to Berlin and subsequent occupation of the Oranienplatz in Berlin, Germany (2012), the congress of the women refugees (2013) or the „freedom not frontex“ march to Brussels (2014), the protests in Calais (2015) are only a few examples of how refugees are political agents who -apart from seeking safety- struggle collectively for dignity and rights during and after their flight. For the longest time, scholarship on migration has rather neglected the political agency of refugees, but more and more interest in the topic is notable. Within political theory, conceptualizations of the figure of the refugee have suggested that refugees are vanguards of their society and politics (Hannah Arendt; Giorgio Agamben) or mirror images of the nation-state (Michael Dillon; Nevzat Soguk), standing on the opposite of the right-bearing political subject of the citizen. Yet in addition to these scholarly works, refugees activists from the refugee movement are writing and developing their own concepts of politics and the political, thus rejecting the notion that „the refugee“ is a merely a figure in political theory, bereft of political agency and will. Some activists from the refugee movement demand that instead theorizing „about“ refugees, their experiences, struggles and claims should recognized as „theories from the street“ (Movement 2015). This seminar will take this demand at heart and examine what the demands of the refugee protest movements are and how they challenge conventional conceptualizations of the political, particularly what they entail for the concepts of human rights, democracy and citizenship. Given that the refugee protests in Europe frequently draw links between colonialism, war and the current refugee movements, the seminar will also explore to what degree refugee protests could qualify as transnational forms of anti-colonial resistance that is moving from the formerly colonized territories to the colonial metropoles. Seminar participants are expected to take an active part in the seminar by forming working groups that will each engage with a particular refugee movement in depth.
Lernziele Students
- will have aquired both theoretical and empirical insights on refugee protests,
- political conceptualization of refugees, and
- recent reformulations of the nation-state-citizen trinity.
Literatur Hannah Arendt (2007), We Refugees, in: The Jewish Writings, Schockenbooks, New York.
Soguk, Nevzat (1999), States and strangers: Refugees and displacements of statecraft.
Univ of Minnesota Press, Minnesota.
Nyers, Peter/Rygiel, Kim (2012), Citizenship, Migrant Activism and the politics of movement, Routledge, London, New York.
Tonkiss, Katherine/ Bloom , Tendayi (2015): Theorising Noncitizenship, in Citizenship Studies, Vol.19 (5), 837-850
Movementmagazine 2015 (http://cargocollective.com/Movementmagazine/)

 

Teilnahmebedingungen Fluency in English (reading, writing, speaking)
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz

 

Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 21.09.2016 – 21.12.2016
Zeit Mittwoch, 14.15-16.00 Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Datum Zeit Raum
Mittwoch 21.09.2016 14.15-16.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Mittwoch 28.09.2016 14.15-16.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Mittwoch 05.10.2016 14.15-16.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Mittwoch 12.10.2016 14.15-16.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Mittwoch 19.10.2016 14.15-16.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Mittwoch 26.10.2016 14.15-16.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Mittwoch 02.11.2016 14.15-16.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Mittwoch 09.11.2016 14.15-16.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Mittwoch 16.11.2016 14.15-16.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Mittwoch 23.11.2016 14.15-16.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Mittwoch 30.11.2016 14.15-16.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Mittwoch 07.12.2016 14.15-16.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Mittwoch 14.12.2016 14.15-16.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Mittwoch 21.12.2016 14.15-16.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Module Modul Culture and Society (Master Studiengang African Studies (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2013))
Modul Fachkompetenz Globaler Wandel (Master Studienfach Geographie)
Modul Fields: Governance and Politics (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul Fields: Media and Imagination (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul Internationales Zusatzwissen (Master European Studies (Studienbeginn vor 01.02.2015))
Modul Politik und Entwicklung (Master Studienfach Soziologie (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2013))
Modul Ungleichheit, Konflikt, Kultur (Master Studienfach Soziologie)
Modul Vertiefung Globalisierung, Kultur und internationale Entwicklung (Master Studienfach Geographie (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2015))
Modul Wirtschaft, Politik und Entwicklung (Master Studienfach Soziologie (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2013))
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Arbeit, Migration und Gesellschaft (Master European Global Studies)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (Master European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung active and regular participation
one presentation in class
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen keine Wiederholung
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Soziologie

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