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65328-01 - Übung: Insights to the Decoloniality Approach and Posthuman Theory 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2022
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Aysegül Sah Bozdogan Iles (ayseguel.bozdogan@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Andreea-Florentina Midvighi (andreea.midvighi@unibas.ch)
Inhalt This introductory course will expand on the trajectories and intersections of decolonial and post-human theories. Beginning with the 15th century debate in Spain regarding the ‘human-ness’ of the indigenous peoples in the Americas, we trace the construction of this concept, as well as the colonial continuities and the spatial transformations they generated. Among other things, we will look at the implications of this conceptualisation, the emergence of ‘epistemologies of the South’ (de Sousa Santos, 2014) and the potentialities of decolonizing knowledge to render visible and dismantle such epistemic hierarchies.

While arguing that ‘the human’ is co-produced by different mechanisms and practices, we also look at how the Humanist ideal of ‘Man’ is changing and how enhancement technologies enable human beings to change their ‘naturally given’ bodies, to manipulate their genes and to reproduce ‘non-physically’. Whether the aim is to reduce the risk of hereditary diseases or to make medically unnecessary changes like deciding on the colour of the eyes, we will ask what kind of a post-human ethics is needed to discuss and regulate these transformations in the society. The very question about what kind of future we want to have has become increasingly imperative, as well as often at odds with epistemologies coming, on one hand, from indigenous peoples whose livelihoods are closely connected to nature, and, on the other hand, from proponents of new technologies that are overpowering and controlling nature and ‘natural bodies’.
Lernziele ● understand decolonial and posthuman theory
● analyse the formation, reproduction, and implications of the Eurocentric conceptualisation of the ‘human’
● discuss how knowledge production is legitimising worldviews producing inequalities and injustice
● discuss the role of Academia as one of the main loci of knowledge production
bring forward alternative world-views
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- de Queiroz Sousa, L.P.; Pessoa, R.P.. ‘Humans, Nonhuman Others. Matter and Language: A Discussion from Posthumanist and Decolonial Perspectives’. Trab. Ling. Aplic., Campinas, n(58.2): 520-543, mai./ago. 2019. https://www.scielo.br/j/tla/a/r5XH5HzRYbpHKrwMn68rXwd/?format=pdf&lang=en. Accessed 15/10/2021.


Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz
HörerInnen willkommen


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 22.02.2022 – 31.05.2022
Zeit Dienstag, 14.15-16.00 Pharmazentrum, Hörsaal 2
Datum Zeit Raum
Dienstag 22.02.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 212
Dienstag 01.03.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Pharmazentrum, Hörsaal 2
Dienstag 08.03.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Fasnachtsferien
Dienstag 15.03.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Pharmazentrum, Hörsaal 2
Dienstag 22.03.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Pharmazentrum, Hörsaal 2
Dienstag 29.03.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Pharmazentrum, Hörsaal 2
Dienstag 05.04.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Pharmazentrum, Hörsaal 2
Dienstag 12.04.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Pharmazentrum, Hörsaal 2
Dienstag 19.04.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Pharmazentrum, Hörsaal 2
Dienstag 26.04.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Pharmazentrum, Hörsaal 2
Dienstag 03.05.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Pharmazentrum, Hörsaal 2
Dienstag 10.05.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Pharmazentrum, Hörsaal 2
Dienstag 17.05.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Biozentrum, Seminarraum U1.197
Dienstag 24.05.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Pharmazentrum, Hörsaal 2
Dienstag 31.05.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Pharmazentrum, Hörsaal 2
Module Modul: Fields: Knowledge Production and Transfer (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: The Urban across Disciplines (Master Studiengang Critical Urbanisms)
Modul: Themenfelder der Geschlechterforschung (Bachelor Studienfach Geschlechterforschung)
Modul: Vertiefung Themenfelder der Geschlechterforschung (Master Studienfach Geschlechterforschung)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
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Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Gender Studies