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56844-01 - Seminar: Migration Infrastructure 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2020
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Kenny R. Cupers (kenny.cupers@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Emilio Distretti (emilio.distretti@unibas.ch)
Manuel Herz (manuel.herz@unibas.ch)
Inhalt The University of Basel offers its third Critical Urbanisms Winter School with an interdisciplinary focus on the European border regime. This course introduces students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds to urban studies by providing them with explorative skills in spatial analysis and critical thinking on the politics of migration.

At the time of writing, newspapers reports warn of catastrophe resulting from the increasingly untenable, dehumanizing conditions under which people are trapped in vastly overcrowded camps on Greek islands and in Libyan prisons on the southern shores. Meanwhile, the EU tackles the so-called “migration crisis” by sealing its land and sea borders, criminalizing assistance to migrants in distress, and striving to re-distribute refugees and asylum seekers among its member states. How did migration become Europe’s existential question, and how do its policies to stem migration shape lived realities on the ground across Europe, the Mediterranean region, and far beyond?

This course contextualizes these contemporary conditions and political uncertainties in the longer history of population displacement, refugee policies, migration management, and the transformation of borders. It explores the increasing entanglement between humanitarian intervention and securitization, and how this entanglement spurs both the illegalization of migrants and the systematic violation of their human rights. Of particular interest in this regard is the role of infrastructure, architecture, and planning in shaping migration policies and their implementation. Using a range of methods from mapping to media analysis, this course trains students to study the concrete spaces, physical infrastructures, and technical procedures by which state institutions and a range of other actors govern migration. Over the course of five intensive days, students will be led through a series of lectures, seminars, and workshops that equip them with foundational analytical skills in urban studies.
Bemerkungen This is a one-week block course from 3 - 7 February 2020.


Teilnahmebedingungen Please note: You can only attend this course if you submit the preparatory work as explained below.

In preparation for the class, you will write four 600-800 word essays discussing the readings for each seminar day. The goal of the analysis essay is to: 1. Summarize and explain the arguments that the authors are making. 2. Compare the arguments, methods, and positions of the different authors. 3. Illustrate that you can think analytically about arguments and evidence.
You will find the syllabus and pdfs of the readings on ADAM. You need to upload your four essays on ADAM, at the latest by 30 January at 5pm. You are expected to have read all the submitted essays prior to the class. You should be prepared to speak about all the required readings in the seminars.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall Block
Datum 03.02.2020 – 07.02.2020
Zeit Siehe Detailangaben
Datum Zeit Raum
Montag 03.02.2020 09.00-17.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Studio 357
Dienstag 04.02.2020 09.00-17.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Studio 357
Mittwoch 05.02.2020 09.00-17.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Studio 357
Donnerstag 06.02.2020 09.00-17.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Studio 357
Freitag 07.02.2020 09.00-17.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Studio 357
Module Modul: Areas: transnational - global (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2018))
Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften B.A. (Bachelor Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften M.A. (Master Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Fields: Environment and Development (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Governance and Politics (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Kulturtechnische Dimensionen (Master Studiengang Kulturtechniken)
Modul: Materialitäten (Master Studiengang Kulturtechniken)
Modul: Migration, Mobility and Transnationalism (Master Studiengang Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources )
Modul: Profil: Geschichte Afrikas (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2018))
Modul: Projects and Processes of Urbanization (Master Studiengang Critical Urbanisms)
Modul: Research Lab Kulturanthropologie (Master Studienfach Kulturanthropologie)
Modul: Transfer: Europa interdisziplinär (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte in globaler Perspektive )
Modul: Ungleichheit, Konflikt, Kultur (Master Studienfach Soziologie)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Arbeit, Migration und Gesellschaft (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Urban Studies