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55112-01 - Seminar: Africa works: Politics within and beyond the state 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2019
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Tobias Hagmann Leupin (tobias.hagmann@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt This seminar offers an interdisciplinary engagement with politics and state-society relations in contemporary sub-Saharan Africa. We will read, discuss and reflect on the multiple dynamics, practices and meanings that are associated with public authority, sovereignty and statehood across the continent. Bringing together theories and insights from political sociology, political anthropology, political science and political geography, we will debate thorny questions such as: what is the nature of post-colonial states in Africa? How do these states shape citizenship, subjectivities and community relations? How can we best understand politics both within and beyond the state without either exoticizing or downplaying local power relations? Which political trajectories and modernities emerge? And finally, what does the study of African politics tell us about other including our own societies?
This seminar is for MA students with a keen interest in the analysis of politics, political life and state-society relations in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. Each session is dedicated to a particular concept or political phenomenon, which we explore both conceptually and empirically. Students are required to read one academic article as well as one short piece in preparation for each session. Academic articles are mostly classics in the field of politics oriented African studies. Short pieces are drawn from news reports, literature and other sources. Students will work on a particular African or other non-European case study, which they pursue throughout the seminar, applying the various concepts discussed to their case. Each student will undertake one PechaKucha presentation of his or her case study. While the first hour of the seminar is dedicated to conceptual presentation and debate, the second hour revolves around current examples and empirical cases. This is an interactive seminar, driven by the curiosity and preparation of all participants.
Lernziele The three main learning objectives of this seminar are:
• Participants are familiar with key concepts and debates on public authority, state-society relations and political power in contemporary sub-Saharan Africa;
• Participants practice applying heterodox theories and concepts to different empirical realities and vice versa;
• Participants gain a more refined understanding of modern politics in Africa beyond normative and institutionalist Western conceptions of the political.
Literatur Bierschenk, T. and J.-P. O. d. Sardan, Eds. (2014). States at Work: Dynamics of African Bureaucracies. AEGIS. Leiden and Bosten, Brill.
Boone, C. (2014). Property and Political Order in Africa: Land Rights and the Structure of Politics. New York, Cambridge University Press.
Chabal, P. and J.-P. Daloz (1999). Africa Works: Disorder as Political Instrument. Bloomington and Oxford, Indiana University Press and James Currey.
Chatterjee, P. (2004). The Politics of the Governed: Reflections on Popular Politics in Most of the World. New York, Columbia University Press.
Hagmann, T. and D. Péclard, Eds. (2011). Negotiating Statehood: Dynamics of Power and Domination in Africa. Oxford und Malden, MA, Wiley-Blackwell.
Bemerkungen Max. 30 students.


Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 17.09.2019 – 17.12.2019
Zeit Dienstag, 10.15-12.00 Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 107
Datum Zeit Raum
Dienstag 17.09.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 107
Dienstag 24.09.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 107
Dienstag 01.10.2019 08.15-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 107
Dienstag 08.10.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr fällt aus, Seminarraum 107
Dienstag 15.10.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 107
Dienstag 22.10.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 107
Dienstag 05.11.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 107
Dienstag 12.11.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 107
Dienstag 19.11.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 107
Dienstag 26.11.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 107
Dienstag 03.12.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 107
Dienstag 10.12.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 107
Dienstag 17.12.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 107
Module Modul: Basics: Sociology (Master Studiengang African Studies)
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: Regionaler Fokus M.A. (Master Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Ungleichheit, Konflikt, Kultur (Master Studienfach Soziologie)
Modul: Vertiefung Politikwissenschaft M.A. (Master Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Staatlichkeit, Entwicklung und Globalisierung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Course attendance, reading of the mandatory texts and active participation are required from all students.

Each student presents one PechaKucha in class.

Written essay in response to a question covering overall problems and issues covered in this seminar. Essays are marked with pass/fail.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
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Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Soziologie