62251-01 - Seminar: Blackness, Infrastructure and the City 3 KP (ABGESAGT)

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2022
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Inhalt Over the last two decades, a growing body of literature has seen “infrastructure” emerge both as an object of study as well as a tool for analysis in understanding roads, energy, and the logistics of cities, as well as the broader social affects of space making. In this course, we will explore how race, and in particular Blackness, intersects with infrastructure. We will discuss how through the lens of Blackness, we can better capture the multiple networks and affect between the transatlantic world, black urban life, as well as the making of cities in the Global South. As with infrastructure, Blackness inhabits corridors across temporal, gendered, and geographic boundaries. For example, in the US context, Blackness is materialized through the histories of the ship and the plantation, and presently informs large scale projects of the urban postcolonial state (such as ongoing forms of racial capitalism). And yet, there is also an affective force attached to these processes of massive urbanization, urban dwelling, and infrastructure. We will learn to see cities not only as urban space, but as social relations. From this vantage point, we will examine the ethnographic and historical contingencies of urban dispossession, the political and economic forces of collaboration, and the counter-publics in the making of the city, and importantly the intersection of racialized and gendered bodies. Throughout the course, we will move between different ethnographic and historical contexts of city-making and public space, including the dandies of Kinshasa, forms of improvisation in Jakarta’s markets, sex work in Manila and Chinese prototype cities, as well as current police violence in Chicago and feminist Afrofuturistic conceptions of “out of space.” By engaging different literatures and theoretical approaches to race, gender, and the logistics of the city, we will study how infrastructure is key to understanding a contemporary ethics of space.
Lernziele - Situating theories of race/racialization, systemic racism; Blackness and anti-Blackness as well as concepts of racial capitalism in public spaces.
- Postcolonial sensitivities approaching urban planning, histories of cities, and infrastructure; unpacking processes of urbanization and embedded forms of social inequality.
- Critical thinking, rigorous learning as well as theorizing from the bottom up (through ethnographies).
- Confidence in dealing with academic texts and familiarity with a diverse range of literature.
- Competence in independent and collaborative work.

Bemerkungen This course will take place ONLINE in June 2022 (6-10 and 13-20th June 2022) and is capped for 30 students being the maximum, with a priority for Critical Urbanisms Master students on timely registration.


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Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall Block
Datum 06.06.2022 – 20.06.2022
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Module Modul: Europäisierung und Globalisierung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Modul: Fields: Governance and Politics (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Media and Imagination (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Kulturtechnische Dimensionen (Master Studiengang Kulturtechniken)
Modul: Materialitäten (Master Studiengang Kulturtechniken)
Modul: The Urban across Disciplines (Master Studiengang Critical Urbanisms)
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