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58595-01 - Kurs: Bodies, Spaces, Archives 4 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2021
Angebotsmuster Jedes Herbstsemester
Dozierende Jana Häberlein (jana.haeberlein@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt This course explores methods of urban research through the lens of the archive. As a site of selective public and/or private memory, a physical collection of records shaped by various power dynamics, and a metaphor for holding knowledge, the archive is central to the mediated production of urban space. Whereas governmental archives hold a particular power over the narration of history, social movements and civil society organizations have created a range of alternative collections, including 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 used 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 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 shaped by difference and otherness 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 conditions, shaped by the so-called digital revolution, invite alternate ways of research and how they underpin our central focus on evaluating knowledge production about the urban. The cross-examine 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 • to conduct archival research for urban studies.
• to develop strategies for creating and assembling records as part of an urban research project.
• to conceptually understand the relationship between the archive and the city.
• to analyze how urban knowledge is produced through recording, collecting, and curating, and its implications for shaping social, cultural, and political hierarchies.
Bemerkungen ***Important note*** Due to change of lecturer the content of this course is subject to slight changes. Dr. Jana Häberlein will be teaching this course in the Fall Semester 2021 and is replacing Dr Aylin Tschoepe.


Teilnahmebedingungen The course is open to Master students in different programs. Advanced BAs should reach out to the instructor: there is a possibility to join following a conversation about their particular interest in the subject matter and relevance of the course for their future study and professional interests.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 28.09.2021 – 21.12.2021
Zeit Dienstag, 09.00-12.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 120
Datum Zeit Raum
Dienstag 28.09.2021 09.00-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 120
Dienstag 05.10.2021 09.00-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 120
Dienstag 12.10.2021 09.00-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 120
Dienstag 19.10.2021 09.00-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 120
Dienstag 26.10.2021 09.00-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 120
Dienstag 02.11.2021 09.00-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 120
Dienstag 09.11.2021 09.00-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 120
Dienstag 16.11.2021 09.00-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 120
Dienstag 23.11.2021 09.00-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 120
Dienstag 30.11.2021 09.00-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 120
Dienstag 07.12.2021 09.00-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 120
Dienstag 14.12.2021 09.00-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 120
Dienstag 21.12.2021 09.00-12.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 120
Module Modul: Projects and Processes of Urbanization (Master Studiengang Critical Urbanisms (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2020))
Modul: Research Lab Kulturanthropologie (Master Studienfach Kulturanthropologie)
Modul: Vertiefung Themenfelder der Geschlechterforschung (Master Studienfach Geschlechterforschung)
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