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62252-01 - Seminar: Urban-Mechanics: Infrastructure and Resistance in Cairo and Beyond 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2021
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Iman Hamam (iman.hamam@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Few scholars writing about Cairo today have failed to notice the huge billboards that flank major bridges and highways advertising the New City Capital and luxurious gated compounds. The graphic visualizations of the New Capital echo narratives of the Great Exhibitions of the nineteenth century, at the same time that they expand on neoliberal and militarized ways of being. Meanwhile, local business in downtown Cairo have come up against the ongoing rise of Arab Gulf-style malls in the east and west of the capital. Urban planners and geographers have mostly concentrated on delineating the economic, political and social factors that have informed the changes taking place.
This course provides an in-depth exploration of the multifaceted transformations taking place in Cairo, and their links with urban capitals in the region. Students will develop a critical understanding of the various ways in which gated compounds, highways and public transportation systems have enhanced an image of a “new” Cairo and erased the possibilities presented by centralized public squares. The course will allow students to address a wide range of questions including: What image of Cairo is being constructed? How does this image match the visual landscape visible through car windows (private vehicles) as opposed to public transport (buses and metro/monorail)? How have state/military enterprises employed “vantage” points to reveal and conceal different parts of the city? How is class constructed through visual boundaries? And what impact have such state/military endeavours had on public space and everyday life and what sites of resistance have emerged in the ten years since the 2011 uprisings?
Lernziele Students will engage with a diverse body of resources and visual material, including archival photographs and films, maps, publicity brochures, highway billboards, advertisements and street art. They will examine museums, stadiums and underground stations, domestic interiors, and the facades of state facilities and state funded art installations. Readings will be from a broad range of disciplines including film, visual culture, media studies, art theory and criticism, architecture, geography, sociology, anthropology, history, and politics
Bemerkungen This course is capped and 30 students will be the maximum with a priority for 2nd Year Critical Urbanisms Master students on timely registration


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Unterrichtssprache Englisch
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Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 01.10.2021 – 17.12.2021
Zeit Freitag, 12.00-14.00 Alte Universität, Hörsaal -101
Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 01.10.2021 12.00-14.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Hörsaal -101
Freitag 08.10.2021 12.00-14.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Hörsaal -101
Freitag 15.10.2021 12.00-14.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Hörsaal -101
Freitag 22.10.2021 12.00-14.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Hörsaal -101
Freitag 29.10.2021 12.00-14.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Hörsaal -101
Freitag 05.11.2021 12.00-14.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Hörsaal -101
Freitag 12.11.2021 12.00-14.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Hörsaal -101
Freitag 19.11.2021 12.00-14.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Hörsaal -101
Freitag 26.11.2021 12.00-14.00 Uhr Dies Academicus
Freitag 03.12.2021 12.00-14.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Hörsaal -101
Freitag 10.12.2021 12.00-14.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Hörsaal -101
Freitag 17.12.2021 12.00-14.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Hörsaal -101
Module Modul: Fields: Governance and Politics (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: The Urban across Disciplines (Master Studiengang Critical Urbanisms)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Staatlichkeit, Entwicklung und Globalisierung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
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Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
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Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Urban Studies