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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 *** DATES CONFIRMED*** The block course takes place in January from Friday, 14th January to Monday, 24th January 2022. An Introductory online session will take place on Friday, 17th December at noon and will be for 1 hour. Zoom link will be provided by Iman one day in advance.

***Important*** with this irrgegular set up - the system might not show the correct dates. The new dates are confirmed as follows:

Session 1 - Friday 14 Jan - 3-9pm

Weekend read and prep for Session 2
Session 2 - Monday 17 Jan - 10-5pm
Networks of Construction

Tuesday 18 Jan read and prep for Session 3
Session 3 - Wednesday 19 Jan - 10-5pm
Sites of Construction

Thursday read and prep for Session 4
Session 4 - Friday 21 Jan - 10-5pm

Weekend read and prep for Session 5
Session 5 - Monday 24 Jan - 3-9pm

The above dates and times are the result of the evaluation of registered students' needs and are accommodating reading times for this special block course under special circumstances and under the consideration of the circumstances for the lecutrer on location - Cairo.


Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Anmelden: erforderlich ; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall unregelmässig
Datum 14.01.2022 – 24.01.2022
Zeit Siehe Detailangaben

The confirmed dates are 14th January to 24th January, accommodating reading times for the course.

Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 14.01.2022 15.00-21.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Montag 17.01.2022 10.00-17.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Mittwoch 19.01.2022 10.00-17.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Freitag 21.01.2022 10.00-17.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Montag 24.01.2022 15.00-21.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
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
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Pass/ Fail
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 Urban Studies