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65625-01 - Seminar: Geopolitics and Cyberspace 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2022
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Daniel Kunzelmann (daniel.kunzelmann@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Remo Reginold (remo.reginold@unibas.ch)
Inhalt The virtual space is a complex and volatile sphere that produces real consequences in the physical world. These consequences are political and equally global and local. Taking this as a starting point, we explore three specific questions in this seminar:

(1) What are cyberspaces (as distinct from analog and digital worlds)?
(2) What ideas, interpretations and symbols of information are produced within them?
(3) Which facts, actors, infrastructures, and sciences are mobilized for their production and conflictive clashes in geopolitical and transnational contexts?

First, the seminar is about clarifying buzzwords such as "artificial intelligence," "big data," "internet of things," "quantum computing," and "virtual reality." Such imaginaries of the digital are increasingly used in political contexts and often deployed for power projections and geopolitics. Precisely because there is much ignorance and half-knowledge, the term “cyberspace” can be used in highly political and strategic ways. Beyond mere symbolic struggles, cyberspaces – in very real terms – are also being exploited and shaped by actors, for example, in order to fuel information-led wars. And in many countries "infrastructures of control" are becoming the subject of strategic foreign and security policies (cf. submarine cables, satellites, technology companies, and data centers).

Ultimately, the abstract term "cyber" is thus about very concrete, political issues. We would like to address some of them by confronting, contrasting and discussing corresponding models of (spatial) and political order: the Chinese model (cf. Silk Road and Citizen Score), technology-capitalist models (cf. “Nation-AGs”, tech corporations, Silicon Valley myth) and democratic models (cf. GDPR, Pirate Party, etc.).

The aim of this interdisciplinary seminar is to create a well-founded cultural anthropological, media ethnographic and political science counterpoint in the so-called “cyber debate”. This is necessary since this debate is still strongly dominated by technology and driven by functionalities. In opposition to such technical approaches, we understand cyberspaces as historically grown, social and (geo)political spaces that have to be culturally negotiated. As such, these spaces remain open for societal changes.

In order to clarify our counterpoint in this debate, we would like to also consciously break down the separation of theory and practice in this seminar. For this purpose, we will invite selected interdisciplinary experts from politics, administration, economy or culture to specific sessions.

This seminar is supported by the Swiss Institute for Global Affairs (SIGA) and their ongoing cycle “Cyber 2022”: www.globalaffairs.ch

 

Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz
HörerInnen willkommen

 

Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 26.09.2022 – 19.12.2022
Zeit Montag, 14.15-15.45 Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Sitzungsraum S 181
Datum Zeit Raum
Montag 26.09.2022 14.15-15.45 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Sitzungsraum S 181
Montag 03.10.2022 14.15-15.45 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Sitzungsraum S 181
Montag 10.10.2022 14.15-15.45 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Sitzungsraum S 181
Montag 17.10.2022 14.15-15.45 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Sitzungsraum S 181
Montag 24.10.2022 14.15-15.45 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Sitzungsraum S 181
Montag 31.10.2022 14.15-15.45 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Sitzungsraum S 181
Montag 07.11.2022 14.15-15.45 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Sitzungsraum S 181
Montag 14.11.2022 14.15-15.45 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Sitzungsraum S 181
Montag 21.11.2022 14.15-15.45 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Sitzungsraum S 181
Montag 28.11.2022 14.15-15.45 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Sitzungsraum S 181
Montag 05.12.2022 14.15-15.45 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Sitzungsraum S 181
Montag 12.12.2022 14.15-15.45 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Sitzungsraum S 181
Montag 19.12.2022 14.15-15.45 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Sitzungsraum S 181
Module Modul: Methoden und Felder der Kulturanthropologie (Bachelor Studienfach Kulturanthropologie)
Modul: Research Lab Kulturanthropologie (Master Studienfach Kulturanthropologie)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Staatlichkeit, Entwicklung und Globalisierung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
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 Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften

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