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53780-01 - Seminar: Race, Nation, Class. Reading Balibar 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2019
Angebotsmuster unregelmässig
Dozierende Teresa Pullano (teresa.pullano@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt This is a reading seminar of the book "Race, Nation, Class: Ambiguous Identities" first published in 1998 by Etienne Balibar and Immanuel Wallerstein. Forty years after the defeat of Nazism, and twenty years after the great wave of decolonization, how is it that racism remains a growing phenomenon? What are the special characteristics of contemporary racism? How can it be related to class divisions and to the contradictions of the nation-state? And how far, in turn, does racism today compel us to rethink the relationship between class struggles and nationalism? This is a classic book, completely transdisciplinary, bringing together philosophy, politics, social theory, sociology, history and political economy.
Forty years after the defeat of Nazism, and twenty years after the great wave of decolonization, how is it that racism remains a growing phenomenon? What are the special characteristics of contemporary racism? How can it be related to class divisions and to the contradictions of the nation-state? And how far, in turn, does racism today compel us to rethink the relationship between class struggles and nationalism?
This book attempts to answer these fundamental questions through a remarkable dialogue between the French philosopher Etienne Balibar and the American historian and sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein. Each brings to the debate the fruits of over two decades of analytical work, greatly inspired, respectively, by Louis Althusser and Fernand Braudel. Both authors challenge the commonly held notion of racism as a continuation of, or throwback to, the xenophobias of past societies and communities. They analyze it instead as a social relation indissolubly tied to present social structures—the nation-state, the division of labor, and the division between core and periphery—which are themselves constantly being reconstructed. Despite their productive disagreements, Balibar and Wallerstein both emphasize the modernity of racism and the need to understand its relation to contemporary capitalism and class struggle. Above all, their dialogue reveals the forms of present and future social conflict, in a world where the crisis of the nation-state is accompanied by an alarming rise of nationalism and chauvinism.
Lernziele This seminar has the following learning objectives:
1. In-depth reading and analysis of a classical book that renewed social sciences, history and philosophy in the last twenty years;
2. Collective discussions during the seminar about the concepts, arguments, background, methods and structure of the book and of its parts;
3. Analysis of a transdisciplinary work connecting history, sociology, philosophy and political science;
4. Study of the postcolonial and critical debates in the last twenty years through the text;
5. Analysis of key work on the concepts of Race, Nation and Class and of their interconnection in the present time
Literatur E. Balibar, I. Wallerstein, "Race, Nation, Class: Ambiguous Identities", London, Verso, 2010, reprint.

 

Unterrichtssprache Englisch
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Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 19.02.2019 – 28.05.2019
Zeit Dienstag, 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 208
Datum Zeit Raum
Dienstag 19.02.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 208
Dienstag 26.02.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 208
Dienstag 05.03.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 208
Dienstag 12.03.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Fasnachtsferien
Dienstag 19.03.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 208
Dienstag 26.03.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 208
Dienstag 02.04.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 208
Dienstag 09.04.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 208
Dienstag 16.04.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 208
Dienstag 23.04.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 208
Dienstag 30.04.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 208
Dienstag 07.05.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 208
Dienstag 14.05.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 208
Dienstag 21.05.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 208
Dienstag 28.05.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 208
Module Modul Europäisierung und Globalisierung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften B.A. (Bachelor Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften M.A. (Master Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Fields: Knowledge Production and Transfer (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Media and Imagination (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Transfer: Europa interdisziplinär (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte in globaler Perspektive )
Modul: Ungleichheit, Konflikt, Kultur (Master Studienfach Soziologie)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung The seminar is graded. The grade is composed as follows:
50% of the grade with continuous assessment during the seminar. The reading of the text will be checked and assessed at every session and it is compulsory, as well as the collective discussion during the seminar.
50% of the grade will be determined with the evaluation of two written essays to be presented during the seminar (dates will be indicated in the syllabus, but they will be around end of March and end of May).
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala 1-6 0,5
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Universität Basel
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Europainstitut

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