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58709-01 - Exkursion: Borders and Frontiers: Africa and Europe by Comparison 10 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2020
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Michelle Engeler (michelle.engeler@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Till Förster (till.foerster@unibas.ch)
Inhalt Africans have rarely enjoyed the freedom of travel that has become so self-evident for most Europeans. Not only is Europe a fortress for them, but inner African borders may also turn into barriers with unforeseeable risks and uncertainties. Now, for the first time since World War II, Europeans experience similar troubles when moving from one country to another. The guided field-course 2020/21 looks at what borders and frontiers mean for the people on both sides of the Mediterranean. It compares and analyses border regimes and their everyday experience across different African and European countries.
The students are invited to form small teams that work on case studies in Africa and Europe in a comparative perspective. The African case studies should be situated in West Africa, in particular in and around Burkina Faso and its neighbours Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo and Mali. The European cases should come from Central Europe with Switzerland and its neighbours.
Lernziele The overall goal of the project course is to train and deepen the practice of ethnographic research methods. As course attendees, you will read and discuss relevant literature on standard methods of anthropology but also acquire skills in the analysis of daily social realities. To be ready for the field, the faculty will furthermore help you to develop a research proposal based on your interests and qualitative research approaches. Once in the field, you will be guided by experienced tutors facilitating access and entrances into probably new life worlds. During the spring semester 2021, inputs on data processing and analysing will help you to develop a thorough field report which might form the starting position of your future MA thesis.
Bemerkungen Depending on your field site an average knowledge of French will be an advantage. Basic knowledge in qualitative research methods and some experiences of doing fieldwork are a further asset.


Teilnahmebedingungen The number of participants is limited to 10 people. The places are assigned according to date of enrolment 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 18.09.2020 – 18.12.2020
Zeit Freitag, 08.15-12.00 - Online Präsenz -
Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 18.09.2020 08.15-12.00 Uhr UZB DUW, Hörsaal U1.402
Freitag 25.09.2020 08.15-12.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Freitag 02.10.2020 08.15-12.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Freitag 09.10.2020 08.15-12.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Freitag 16.10.2020 08.15-12.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Freitag 23.10.2020 08.15-12.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Freitag 30.10.2020 08.15-12.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Freitag 06.11.2020 08.15-12.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Freitag 13.11.2020 08.15-12.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Freitag 20.11.2020 08.15-12.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Freitag 27.11.2020 08.15-12.00 Uhr Dies Academicus
Freitag 04.12.2020 08.15-12.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Freitag 11.12.2020 08.15-12.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Freitag 18.12.2020 08.15-12.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Module Modul: Anthropological Fieldwork (Master Studiengang Critical Urbanisms)
Modul: Changing Societies Lab (Master Studiengang Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources )
Modul: Ethnographic Research with Field Trip (Master Studienfach Anthropology)
Modul: Europäisierung und Globalisierung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Modul: Interdisciplinary and Applied African Studies (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung The course is composed of three parts. The fall term 2020 introduces to anthropological methods and theories relevant for your theme. Each participant will develop his/her research proposal. Field work will be conducted in January and February 2021. During the spring term 2021, you will analyse your findings and write a report of about 8 000 words.
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