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55010-01 - Seminar: Decentering Anthropology: Postcolonial Debates 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2019
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Brigit Obrist van Eeuwijk (brigit.obrist@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt A growing number of scholars around the globe call for a decentering of anthropology. They question the hegemonic Eurocentric paradigms that continue to shape knowledge production in interlocking hierarchies of power and inequality, resulting in domestic and international divisions of intellectual labor, with scholars following academic conceptualizations from the “North” while conducting ethnography in and on the “South”. In the seminar, we first trace intellectual movements that prepared the ground for these debates, zooming in on the post-colonial critique that gained prominence in the humanities and the social sciences since the 1970s. In a literal sense, the term “postcolonial” refers to the study of the interactions between imperial powers and the societies they colonized after the establishment of independent nations, but in practice, the term has been used much more loosely, examining colonial encounters as well as more recent developmentalist discourses. Anthropology was in the midst of these debates, criticized as a product of colonialism and modernity and, in the mid- and late 1980s, acting as a main driver of the post-modern critique. And where are we now? What does it mean to rethink anthropology not just as a colonial, post-colonial or post-modern western study of the rest of the world, but as a part of a broader, transnational movement that aims at decentering and decolonizing our minds, spaces and institutions? Who are the thinkers that open up new spaces for knowledge production in diverse sites across the world?
Lernziele Students are able to examine postcolonial, postmodern and decolonial thinking and discuss their
potential in unsettling mainstream understandings of academic knowledge production.
Literatur Harrison, F. Y. [1997] 2011. Decolonizing Anthropology: Moving further Toward an Anthropology for Liberation. 3rd ed. Arlington, Va.: Association of Black Anthropologists, American Anthropological Association.
Harrison, F. V. 2009. Outsider Within: Reworking Anthropology in the Global Age. Urbana and Chicago: Univ. of Illinois Press

 

Teilnahmebedingungen The number of participants is limited to 30 people. The places are assigned according to date of enrollment and subject of study. Priority will be given to the subjects listed under "modules".
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz

 

Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 19.09.2019 – 19.12.2019
Zeit Donnerstag, 14.15-16.00 Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Datum Zeit Raum
Donnerstag 19.09.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Donnerstag 26.09.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Donnerstag 03.10.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Donnerstag 10.10.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Donnerstag 17.10.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Donnerstag 24.10.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Donnerstag 31.10.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Donnerstag 07.11.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Donnerstag 14.11.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Donnerstag 21.11.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Donnerstag 28.11.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Donnerstag 05.12.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Donnerstag 12.12.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Donnerstag 19.12.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Module Modul: Erweiterung Methodenkenntnisse BA (Bachelor Studienfach Religionswissenschaft)
Modul: Europäisierung und Globalisierung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Modul: Fields: Knowledge Production and Transfer (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Gesellschaft in Osteuropa (Bachelor Studiengang Osteuropa-Studien)
Modul: Gesellschaft in Osteuropa (Bachelor Studienfach Osteuropäische Kulturen)
Modul: Sachthemen der Ethnologie (Bachelor Studienfach Ethnologie)
Modul: Theory and General Anthropology (Master Studienfach Anthropology)
Modul: Wissenschaftliche Vertiefung in der Ethnologie: Sachthemen (Bachelor Studienfach Ethnologie)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Grades will be based on active participation in seminar discussions, on an assignment and on comments on seminar paper proposals/presentations (3 CP). You can choose between two assignments:
1. To write a reading response paper (about 450 words) and to present it orally. What are the main arguments of the author(s)? How are they linked with the topic of the session and the overall topic/discussions of the seminar?
2. To write a course diary for at least 7 sessions (about 1500 words). What did you learn in each session? How are the insights related to the topic of the session and the overall topic/discussions of the seminar? Can you see any connections with your own experience or the life worlds of people you know?
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 Ethnologie

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