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48403-01 - Seminar: My Land or Your Land? Land claims, land rights, and land use in Southern Africa 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2017
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Lena Bloemertz (lena.bloemertz@unibas.ch)
Luregn Lenggenhager (luregn.lenggenhager@unibas.ch)
Giorgio Miescher (giorgio.miescher@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Land is and has been highly contested in Southern Africa. In many parts of the sub-continent the establishment of colonial rule went hand in with systematic land dispossession. This is particularly true for colonies with (economically or ideologically) agrarian based settler societies. In Namibia and South Africa, for instance, the African population was explicitly banned from owning land in most parts of the country, whereas in other countries like Zimbabwe huge parts of the best agricultural land was reserved for the explicit use of the tiny settler minority. In addition, colonial laws enforced a dual system of land ownership based on racial criteria. Therein freehold land became the distinctive category of individual landownership associated with Europeans in contrast to communal land as the distinctive category for collective landownership associated with Africans. In all countries large areas remained under direct state control as so-called state-land, or in the cases of former British colonies, crown-land.
To reclaim the stolen land was a core slogan of the liberation movements in Southern Africa, and it was widely used to mobilise for the anti-colonial struggle. Once in power the former liberation movements adopted different strategies to appease the various claims for land and to overcome the colonial legacy of land dispossession. Some opted for a policy of nationalising all land (e.g. Mozambique), whereas others chose a policy of land re-distribution based on the willing seller-willing buyer principle (e.g. Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa). Zimbabwe eventually gave up on the said principle in the course of the so-called fast-track land reform including land expropriation without compensation in the 2000s, which dramatically changed the pattern of land ownership but also led to the country’s deep economic crisis. Not least in light of these economic consequences the governments of Namibia and South Africa remained so far reluctant to follow the example of Zimbabwe, which was widely applauded but also heavily condemned in both countries. The highly controversial responses to the Zimbabwean fast-track land reform beyond the country’s borders points to the continuing importance of the land question beyond a mere macro-economic rational. It has indeed been extremely difficult to find a solution that accommodates both the overlapping and often contradicting land claims and land rights, and the necessity for a prosperous economy able to generate surpluses desperately needed by the state.
The seminar discusses the complexities of land claims, land rights and land uses in Southern Africa by focusing primarily, but not exclusively, on the Namibian example. Here we will discuss the inherent historical and recent problematics of both types of land rights, communal and freehold. We will also problematise highly political terms such as ‘ancestral land’, and critically discuss historical and recent strategies to legitimise exclusive land rights and land use by virtue of good custodianship. An example for this would be the assumption that only ‘white’ farmers would have the ability to care for the land, whereas ‘black’ farming would inevitably lead to the degradation of the land.

 

Unterrichtssprache Englisch
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Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 22.09.2017 – 22.12.2017
Zeit Freitag, 12.00-14.00 - Siehe Bemerkung, - ! ! -

BAB, Klosterberg 23, 4051 Basel

BAB, Klosterberg 23, 4051 Basel

Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 22.09.2017 12.00-14.00 Uhr - Siehe Bemerkung, - ! ! -
Freitag 29.09.2017 12.00-14.00 Uhr - Siehe Bemerkung, - ! ! -
Freitag 06.10.2017 12.00-14.00 Uhr - Siehe Bemerkung, - ! ! -
Freitag 13.10.2017 12.00-14.00 Uhr - Siehe Bemerkung, - ! ! -
Freitag 20.10.2017 12.00-14.00 Uhr - Siehe Bemerkung, - ! ! -
Freitag 27.10.2017 12.00-14.00 Uhr - Siehe Bemerkung, - ! ! -
Freitag 03.11.2017 12.00-14.00 Uhr - Siehe Bemerkung, - ! ! -
Freitag 10.11.2017 12.00-14.00 Uhr - Siehe Bemerkung, - ! ! -
Freitag 17.11.2017 12.00-14.00 Uhr - Siehe Bemerkung, - ! ! -
Freitag 24.11.2017 12.00-14.00 Uhr Dies Academicus
Freitag 01.12.2017 12.00-14.00 Uhr - Siehe Bemerkung, - ! ! -
Freitag 08.12.2017 12.00-14.00 Uhr - Siehe Bemerkung, - ! ! -
Freitag 15.12.2017 12.00-14.00 Uhr - Siehe Bemerkung, - ! ! -
Freitag 22.12.2017 12.00-14.00 Uhr - Siehe Bemerkung, - ! ! -
Module Aufbaumodul Neuere und Neueste Geschichte (Bachelor Studienfach Geschichte (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2013))
Modul Areas: aussereuropäisch (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte)
Modul Aufbau Neuere / Neueste Geschichte (Bachelor Studienfach Geschichte)
Modul Culture and Society (Master Studiengang African Studies (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2013))
Modul Ereignisse, Prozesse, Zusammenhänge (Master Studienfach Geschichte (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2013))
Modul Fachkompetenz Globaler Wandel (Master Studienfach Geographie)
Modul Fields: Environment and Development (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul Fields: Governance and Politics (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul Fields: Knowledge Production and Transfer (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul History (Master Studiengang African Studies (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2013))
Modul Kommunikation und Vermittlung historischer Erkenntnisse (Master Studienfach Geschichte (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2013))
Modul Methoden und Diskurse historischer Forschung (Master Studienfach Geschichte (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2013))
Modul Profil: Geschichte Afrikas (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte)
Modul Profil: Moderne (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte)
Modul Vertiefung Globalisierung, Kultur und internationale Entwicklung (Master Studienfach Geographie (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2015))
Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften M.A. (Master Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Wahlbereich Master Geschichte: Empfehlungen (Master Studienfach Geschichte)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
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 Kompetenzzentrum Afrika

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