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58596-01 - Kurs: Critical Cartography 4 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2020
Angebotsmuster Jedes Herbstsemester
Dozierende Shourideh Molaei Birgani (sc.molavi@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt This course explores the past, present, and future of mapping across a range of geographic, political, cultural contexts. Maps reveal, delimit, confirm, navigate, historicize, erase, anticipate, persuade, and, sometimes, even lie. Far from a scientific reading of mapping as an objective representation of a stable reality, we explore the myriad of ways in which historical legacies of colonialism and imperialism continue to shape our gaze of the urban landscape—affecting our normative, political and personal considerations of the relations among subjects, objects and spaces.

The course begins with a critical theoretical examination of how maps can be understood as instruments of violence and terrains of power. We explore the historical matrix within which mapping developed by looking at the epistemologies of various types of spatial and temporal maps produced that represent colonized, occupied and otherwise marginalized frontiers and experiences. Our discussions also actively engage with resistances to this practice in the form of other traditions of mapping, including counter-cartographic contestations that make visible otherwise marginal experiences and hidden histories of violence.

While considering the social relevance, politics and ethics of mapping, course participants will also engage in a practical aspect of critical cartography. Starting from the power relations in our own urban context in the city of Basel, students will learn various hands-on techniques and technologies for mapping local relations in space and time. Experimenting with a range of critical mapping tools and interdisciplinary methods—including fieldwork, archival research, visual and material analysis and remote sensing—we will together develop creative techniques to produce and represent alternative urban landscapes and overlapping cartographies.
Lernziele - An understanding of the history and practice of mapping as a relation of domination and an ability to critically read existing maps.
- Through the production of maps using counter-cartographic tools and research methods, an ability to develop new ways of observing and interrogating legacies of power in their local context, with a particular focus on the relationship between the lived experiences of communities and their overlapping urban geographies.
Bemerkungen ***Important note****
Due to Corona measurements and health and safety reasons - This course is on a first serve basis with Master Students of Critical Urbanisms being prioritised over students from other subject areas.


Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 14.09.2020 – 14.12.2020
Zeit Montag, 14.15-17.00 UZB DUW, Hörsaal U1.402
Datum Zeit Raum
Montag 14.09.2020 14.15-17.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Montag 21.09.2020 14.15-17.00 Uhr UZB DUW, Hörsaal U1.402
Montag 28.09.2020 14.15-17.00 Uhr UZB DUW, Hörsaal U1.402
Montag 05.10.2020 14.15-17.00 Uhr UZB DUW, Seminarraum 02.402
Montag 23.11.2020 14.15-17.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Montag 30.11.2020 14.15-17.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Montag 07.12.2020 14.15-17.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Montag 14.12.2020 14.15-17.00 Uhr UZB DUW, Hörsaal U1.402
Module Modul: Fields: Knowledge Production and Transfer (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Geographische Methoden- und Forschungskompetenz (Master Studienfach Geographie)
Modul: Interdisciplinary and Applied African Studies (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Projects and Processes of Urbanization (Master Studiengang Critical Urbanisms (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2020))
Modul: Research Skills (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Ways of Knowing the City (Master Studiengang Critical Urbanisms)
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