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58595-01 - Kurs: The City as Archive 4 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2020
Angebotsmuster Jedes Herbstsemester
Dozierende Kenny R. Cupers (kenny.cupers@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Ernest Sewordor (ernest.sewordor@unibas.ch)
Inhalt This course explores methods of urban research through the lens of the archive. As a site of selective public or private memory, a physical collection of records shaped by various power dynamics, and a metaphor for holding data, the archive is central to the mediated production and understanding of cities and landscapes. Whereas governmental archives hold a particular power over the narration of history, social movements, civil society organizations, and activists have created a range of alternative collections, such as oral history and sound archives. Historians tend to approach these existing archives as repositories of “primary sources,” yet the materiality and media of the city itself can also be conceptualized as evidence in urban research. At the same time, the rise of the internet has exploded the notion of what constitutes an archive. Our digitally mediated lives now constitute an unwieldy archive with radically new powers that reshape our physical world.

This course will train students in archival methods for urban research, while reflecting on the epistemological questions that come with the explosion of the archive into urban reality. The course begins with the premise that archives are not a collection of neutral records of events, but shape difference and othering with regard to gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and ability. The course encourages students to conceptualize urban research as the production of new archives, produced in collaboration with a range of interlocutors. Furthermore, the course explores how contemporary urban transformations, shaped by digital culture, invite alternate ways of research and how they underpin our central focus on evaluating knowledge production. The exploration of innovative case studies will help students to expand their imagination of urban archives. Students will learn to combine creative and critical approaches to urban media and knowledge production. In addition to interrogating conventional methods of urban scholarship, they will gain practical skills and techniques to prepare them for individual research projects in urban studies.
Lernziele - An ability to conduct archival research for urban studies
- A conceptual understanding of the relationship between the archive and the city
- An ability to analyze how urban knowledge is produced through recording, collecting, and curating, and how this shapes social, cultural, and political hierarchies
- An ability to develop strategies for creating and assembling records as part of an urban research project


Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 17.09.2020 – 17.12.2020
Zeit Donnerstag, 13.15-16.00 Alte Gewerbeschule, Studio 357
Datum Zeit Raum
Donnerstag 17.09.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Studio 357
Donnerstag 24.09.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 01.10.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 08.10.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 15.10.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 22.10.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 29.10.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 05.11.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 12.11.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 19.11.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 26.11.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 03.12.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 10.12.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 17.12.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Module Modul: Fields: Knowledge Production and Transfer (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Media and Imagination (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Kulturtechnische Dimensionen (Master Studiengang Kulturtechniken)
Modul: Projects and Processes of Urbanization (Master Studiengang Critical Urbanisms (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2020))
Modul: Transfer: Europa interdisziplinär (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte in globaler Perspektive )
Modul: Ways of Knowing the City (Master Studiengang Critical Urbanisms)
Wahlbereich Master Geschichte: Empfehlungen (Master Studienfach Geschichte)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Urban Studies