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57282-01 - Seminar: Political science for "post-truth" politics: Focus West Africa 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2020
Angebotsmuster unregelmässig
Dozierende Joschka Philipps (joschka.philipps@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt In 2016, “post-truth” was declared the international word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries. It was defined as concerning “circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Such circumstances are supposedly becoming increasingly common in contemporary politics across the globe, and a growing body of literature has emerged on the issue. This seminar identifies methodological tools for the study of post-truth politics, discusses whether “post-truth” is an adequate umbrella term, and familiarizes students with interdisciplinary approaches to phenomena ranging from fake news, conspiracy theories, alternative facts, or, more broadly, heterogeneous perceptions of political truth and how they shape political dynamics.

The seminar is divided into three sections. The first section presents the broader contemporary literature. It highlights and interactively experiments with innovative findings, approaches, and methodologies from political science, the cognitive sciences, political psychology, and sociology. The second section focuses on a range of case studies on conspiracy theories in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East, to consider how comparable they are across the three world regions. The third section finally zooms in on West Africa, a region that is rarely associated with the label of “post-truth politics”, but all the more with the phenomenon it describes. Highlighting contexts where independent and investigative journalism or institutionalized knowledge production are either absent or highly contested, this section demonstrates that “post-truth” politics may well be the rule rather than the exception. The seminar considers the implications of such cases for a political science of post-truth politics.
Lernziele • Students are capable of understanding “post-truth” politics from different disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. They are aware of the respective advantages and disadvantages of different analytical frameworks.
• Students are familiar with the empirical cases discussed during the seminar. They understand overarching patterns across world regions, but also the specificities of these regional contexts.
Literatur Arendt, Hannah. 1967. “Truth and Politics.” The New Yorker. February 18.
Boltanski, Luc. 2014. Mysteries and Conspiracies : Detective Stories, Spy Novels and the Making of Modern Societies. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Brotherton, Rob. 2015. Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories. New York/London: Bloomsbury Sigma.
Butter, Michael and Maurus Reinkowski. 2014. Conspiracy Theories in the United States and the Middle East: A Comparative Approach. Berlin: De Gruyter.
Dozon, Jean-Pierre. 2017. La vérité est ailleurs : Complots et sorcellerie. Paris: Maison des Sciences de l’Homme.
Douglas, Karen M., Joseph E. Uscinski, Robbie M. Sutton, and Aleksandra Cichocka. 2019. “Understanding Conspiracy Theories.” Political Psychology 40(1):3–35.
Goodwin, Jeff, James M. Jasper, and Francesca Polletta, eds. 2001. Passionate Politics: Emotions and Social Movements. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Fioratta, Susanna. 2019. “Conspiracy Theorizing as Political Practice in Guinea.” Africa 89(3):457–78.
Haidt, Jonathan. 2013. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. Vintage.
Lakoff, George and Mark Johnson. 2003. Metaphors We Live By. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Stewart, Pamela J. and Andrew Strathern. 2004. Witchcraft, Sorcery, Rumors, and Gossip. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
West, Harry G. and Todd Sanders, eds. 2003. Transparency and Conspiracy : Ethnographies of Suspicion in the New World Order. Durham: Duke University Press.

Bemerkungen 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 students of Political Science.
The seminar is open to students with no prior knowledge of West Africa. The seminar will be held in English.

 

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 students of Political Science.
The seminar is open to students with no prior knowledge of West Africa. The seminar will be held in English.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz

 

Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 19.02.2020 – 27.05.2020
Zeit Mittwoch, 10.15-11.45 Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum 207
Datum Zeit Raum
Mittwoch 19.02.2020 10.15-11.45 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum 207
Mittwoch 26.02.2020 10.15-11.45 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum 207
Mittwoch 04.03.2020 10.15-11.45 Uhr Fasnachtsferien
Mittwoch 11.03.2020 10.15-11.45 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum 207
Mittwoch 18.03.2020 10.15-11.45 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum 207
Mittwoch 25.03.2020 10.15-11.45 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum 207
Mittwoch 01.04.2020 10.15-11.45 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum 207
Mittwoch 08.04.2020 10.15-11.45 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum 207
Mittwoch 15.04.2020 10.15-11.45 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum 207
Mittwoch 22.04.2020 10.15-11.45 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum 207
Mittwoch 29.04.2020 10.15-11.45 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum 207
Mittwoch 06.05.2020 10.15-11.45 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum 207
Mittwoch 13.05.2020 10.15-11.45 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum 207
Mittwoch 20.05.2020 10.15-11.45 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum 207
Mittwoch 27.05.2020 10.15-11.45 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum 207
Module Modul: Basics: Politics (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Europäisierung und Globalisierung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Modul: Fields: Governance and Politics (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Profil: Geschichte Afrikas (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2018))
Modul: Projects and Processes of Urbanization (Master Studiengang Critical Urbanisms)
Modul: Regionaler Fokus M.A. (Master Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Transfer: Europa interdisziplinär (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte in globaler Perspektive )
Modul: Vertiefung Politikwissenschaft M.A. (Master Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung • Active participation in the seminar
• 2 Reading Responses (2-3 pages each)
• 1 Multiple Choice Test at the end of the seminar
Attention:
All Seminars will be graded in the Department of Political Science with the beginning of the FS20 semester.
Grading scale 6.0 to 1.0, whereupon 4.0 is a pass.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala 1-6 0,5
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Politikwissenschaft

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