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60327-01 - Seminar: Black Colombia - Memory, Politics and Identity 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2021
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Silke Oldenburg (silke.oldenburg@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Melanie Sampayo Vidal (melanie.sampayovidal@unibas.ch)
Inhalt This online-seminar addresses Black Colombia in past, present and future. Since 1991, Colombia has been established as “pluricultural and multi-ethnic” in its Constitution. What does this mean for Afrocolombian communities today? In our course program, we will trace how hairstyles relate to ancient slaves’ escape routes and explore to what extent #Blacklivesmatter in today’s Colombia. We critically challenge racist representations of blackfacing and zoom into the rich cultural practices of Afrocolombian lifeworlds. By combining prose and poetry, films and social media with academic literature, we will approach the key issues and debates around memory, politics and identity from an anthropological but also an artistic point of view. Finally, we aim to understand the legacies of racism, social inequality as well as cultural politics in a Colombia which looks back on centuries of blood and violence but also on a history of resistance, diversity and hope.
• Students acquire a historical, legal, political and sociocultural overview of Afrocolombian communities.
•Students examine and know the relevant literature regarding «lo afro» in Colombia and are able to analyse connections and repercussion between Africa and Latin America.
• Students deepen their critical reading competences and acquire skills in analysing literature but also different media such as films.
• Students acquire skills in the anthropological analysis of memory, politics and identity debates.
Literatur Reading list (provisional, the full reading list will be distributed at the beginning of the course)
Paschel Tianna. 2016. Becoming Black Political Subjects: Movements and Ethno-Racial Rights in Colombia and Brazil. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Birenbaum Quintero Michael. 2019. Rites, Rights and Rhythms. A genealogy of musical meaning in Colombia’s Black Pacific. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Tillis Antonio D. 2005. Manuel Zapata Olivella and the “Darkening” of Latin American Literature. Columbia: University of Missouri Press.

Bemerkungen Type: Online Seminar, weekly, Tuesdays 16:15 – 17:45h, starting on 9.3.2021
Requirements: A level of understanding of the Spanish language is necessary as many websites and film material are in Spanish.


Teilnahmebedingungen The number of participants is limited to 30 people. The places are assigned according to date of enrollment, subject of study and letter of motivation. Priority will be given to the subjects listed under "modules". Update (19.01.2021): Due to an overwhelming interest, we kindly ask you to provide us with a 'letter of motivation" of about 10 lines to be send to silke.oldenburg@unibas.ch until 23.02.2021 at the latest!!! Please tell us more why you would like to take part in this seminar. We will inform you about your definitive participation on Friday, 26.02.2021,midnight.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 09.03.2021 – 01.06.2021
Zeit Dienstag, 16.15-18.00 - Online Präsenz -
Datum Zeit Raum
Dienstag 09.03.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Dienstag 16.03.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Dienstag 23.03.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Dienstag 30.03.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Dienstag 06.04.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Dienstag 13.04.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Dienstag 20.04.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Dienstag 27.04.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Dienstag 04.05.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Dienstag 11.05.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Dienstag 18.05.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Dienstag 25.05.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Dienstag 01.06.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Module Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften B.A. (Bachelor Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften M.A. (Master Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Ethnographien (Bachelor Studienfach Ethnologie)
Modul: Europäisierung und Globalisierung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Modul: Fields: Governance and Politics (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Knowledge Production and Transfer (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Media and Imagination (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Politik, Entwicklung und soziale Ungleichheit (Bachelor Studienfach Soziologie)
Modul: Theory and General Anthropology (Master Studienfach Anthropology)
Modul: Ungleichheit, Konflikt, Kultur (Master Studienfach Soziologie)
Modul: Wirtschaft, Wissen und Kultur (Bachelor Studienfach Soziologie)
Modul: Wissenschaftliche Vertiefung in der Ethnologie: Ethnographien (Bachelor Studienfach Ethnologie)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung active participation, group presentation and layouting a poster or a blog. It is possible to write a seminar paper in this course (to be submitted until end of September 2021).
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