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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 *** Important Information *** This course changes into a block course and will take place in January, with possible online sessions prior to the in-presence block sessions ***TBC soon***
*** DATES CONFIRMED*** The block course takes place in January from Monday - Friday from 17th January to 21st January 2022. An Introductory online session is planned for 10th or 17th December.


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Unterrichtssprache Englisch
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Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 17.01.2022 – 21.01.2022
Zeit Montag, 09.00-17.00 Alte Universität
Datum Zeit Raum
Montag 17.01.2022 09.00-17.00 Uhr Alte Universität, --
Dienstag 18.01.2022 09.00-17.00 Uhr Alte Universität, --
Mittwoch 19.01.2022 09.00-17.00 Uhr Alte Universität, --
Donnerstag 20.01.2022 09.00-17.00 Uhr Alte Universität, --
Freitag 21.01.2022 09.00-17.00 Uhr Alte Universität, --
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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Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Urban Studies