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58596-01 - Kurs: Critical Cartography 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2022
Angebotsmuster Jedes Herbstsemester
Dozierende Shourideh Cherie Molavi (sc.molavi@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt This course explores the past, present, and future of mapping across a range of geographic, political, cultural contexts. Maps reveal, delimit, confirm, navigate, historicize, erase, anticipate, persuade, and, sometimes, even lie. Far from a scientific reading of mapping as an objective representation of a stable reality, we explore the myriad of ways in which historical legacies of colonialism and imperialism continue to shape our gaze of the urban landscape—affecting our normative, political and personal considerations of the relations among subjects, objects and spaces.

The course begins with a critical theoretical examination of how maps can be understood as instruments of violence and terrains of power. We explore the historical matrix within which mapping developed by looking at the epistemologies of various types of spatial and temporal maps produced that represent colonized, occupied and otherwise marginalized frontiers and experiences. Our discussions also actively engage with resistances to this practice in the form of other traditions of mapping, including counter-cartographic contestations that make visible otherwise marginal experiences and hidden histories of violence.

While considering the social relevance, politics and ethics of mapping, course participants will also engage in a practical aspect of critical cartography. Starting from the power relations in our own urban context in the city of Basel, students will learn various hands-on techniques and technologies for mapping local relations in space and time. Experimenting with a range of critical mapping tools and interdisciplinary methods—including fieldwork, archival research, visual and material analysis and remote sensing—we will together develop creative techniques to produce and represent alternative urban landscapes and overlapping cartographies.
Lernziele - Examining the history and practice of mapping as a relation of domination.
- Develop student capacity to critically read existing maps.
- Develop new ways of observing and interrogating legacies of power in their local context, with a particular focus on the relationship between the lived experiences of communities and their overlapping urban geographies.
- Foster practical skills of satellite analysis, remote sensing and mapping.
- Producing maps using counter-cartographic tools and research methods.
Bemerkungen This course is on a first come first serve basis with Master Students of Critical Urbanisms being prioritized over students from other subject areas. Maximum capacity 30


Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 13.10.2022 – 22.12.2022
Zeit Donnerstag, 10.00-14.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Datum Zeit Raum
Donnerstag 13.10.2022 10.00-14.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Donnerstag 20.10.2022 10.00-14.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Donnerstag 10.11.2022 10.00-14.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Donnerstag 17.11.2022 10.00-14.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Donnerstag 08.12.2022 10.00-14.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Donnerstag 15.12.2022 10.00-14.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Donnerstag 22.12.2022 10.00-14.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Module Modul: Ways of Knowing the City (Master Studiengang Critical Urbanisms)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Urban Studies