60406-01 - Übung: Two Countries - one System: Contract Labour in Apartheid South Africa and Switzerland after World War II 3 KP (ABGESAGT)

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2021
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Giorgio Miescher (giorgio.miescher@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Raffaele Perniola (raffaele.perniola@unibas.ch)
Inhalt During most of the 20th century South Africa’s economy was built on the exploitation of millions of migrant workers from South Africa and its neighbouring territories. These migrant workers received limited contracts (usually 9-12 months) after which they had to return to the areas where they had been conscripted. Migrant workers were neither allowed to bring their families nor to change their employers. In the racist system of South Africa, so-called Contract Labourers were relegated to the lowest rank of the social hierarchy. South Africa’s migrant (or contract) labour system became synonymous with the apartheid regime’s rule. However, this system was not unique to South Africa, nor the colonized world, but also existed for instance in Switzerland, here in form of the legal framework of the “Saisonnierstatut” between 1931 and 2002.
The parallel between South Africa’s contract labour system and the Swiss “Saisonnierstatut” has first been drawn during the campaign surrounding the so-called Schwarzenbach Initiative in 1970. The Schwarzenbach Initiative aimed at restricting the percentage of immigrants allowed into Switzerland. An acceptance of the initiative would have resulted in the expulsion of circa 300’000 people, mainly from Italy. The influx of cheap labour needed by the Swiss economy, would have instead been regulated by keeping-up and strengthening the system of conscription of migrant labourers, so-called “Saisonniers”. The Schwarzenbach Initiative thus aimed at securing the Swiss economy through the exploitation of migrants, while at the same time ‘preserving’ Switzerland’s culture against what supporters believed to be an “Überfremdung” of Switzerland.
In this seminar (Übung) we discuss these systems of labour conscription in their historical contexts in both countries and their enduring legacies of underlying xenophobia and/or racism, cultural essentialism and nationalism.
Bemerkungen This course is postponed to the automn semester 2021.


Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Datum 05.03.2021 – 04.06.2021

This Course is postponed to the automn semester 2021.

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Module Modul: Areas: Afrika (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte in globaler Perspektive )
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)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Arbeit, Migration und Gesellschaft (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Wahlbereich Bachelor Geschichte: Empfehlungen (Bachelor Studienfach Geschichte)
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 nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Zentrum für Afrikastudien