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62250-01 - Seminar: Decolonizing the Swiss Urban Landscape 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2022
Angebotsmuster unregelmässig
Dozierende Claske Dijkema (claske.dijkema@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt After the killing of George Floyd, structures and representations of white supremacy, including symbols, maps, and memorials became targets worldwide to contest racism nowadays. The tribute to white males who played a role in slavery and colonialism through statues and place names became objects of contestation in Switzerland. Contested monuments therefore serve as starting points for analysing power relations in cities. This course approaches the city as a palimpsest: multiply inscribed and imperfectly erased, imbued with traces and residues, laden with memory.
The course adopts an intersectional approach to power dynamics, looking at the intersections between class, race and gender and how patriarchy, capitalism and white supremacy silence the voices oppressed by and whose memory is systematically erased. The concept of (de)coloniality is particularly useful for understanding these intersections and to understand the perpetuation of structural violence. The course further draws on subaltern studies: what are the ways subalterns speak in the city and how can subaltern histories be retrieved or recovered? We will look for “people’s monuments”, those that contest current power relations and heterotopic spaces that give a glimpse of what a different world could look like. While discussions about Swiss urban space are the starting point for the course, they will be complemented with an account of urban space in other European cities. The course will be co-taught with issue-based organizers and civil society groups working on the topics of racialized exclusion, decolonization, gentrification, and urban space within Switzerland.
Lernziele - Developing research and archival skills.
- Applying a critical analysis to the narratives of city tours.
- Design and development of creative and practical interventions in the local Swiss context.
- Formulating recommendations about how to address contested monuments.
Bemerkungen This seminar prioritizes Critical Urbanisms students and is mostly aimed at second year CU Master students. Please contact the lecturer for further information.

Field trips take place Friday 14.10 (St. Gallen: departure 12.43 from Basel SBB); Saturday 22.10 (Neuchâtel: departure 10.03 Basel SBB); Saturday 02.12 (Bern: to be confirmed).


Teilnahmebedingungen Mostly for second year students. Critical Urbanisms MA students will be prioritized on timely registration.
Maximal capacity:30
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Anmelden: belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 30.09.2022 – 23.12.2022
Zeit Freitag, 14.15-16.00 Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 02
Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 30.09.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 02
Freitag 07.10.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 02
Freitag 14.10.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr - Siehe Bemerkung, Field trip - St. Gallen: departure 12.43 from Basel SBB
Freitag 21.10.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Samstag 22.10.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr - Siehe Bemerkung, --
Freitag 28.10.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 02
Freitag 04.11.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Freitag 11.11.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 02
Freitag 18.11.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 02
Freitag 25.11.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Dies Academicus
Freitag 02.12.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 02
Freitag 09.12.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 02
Freitag 16.12.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 02
Freitag 23.12.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Module Modul: Conflicts and Peacebuilding (Master Studiengang Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources )
Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften M.A. (Master Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Europäisierung und Globalisierung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Modul: Fields: Media and Imagination (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Kulturtechnische Dimensionen (Master Studiengang Kulturtechniken)
Modul: The Urban across Disciplines (Master Studiengang Critical Urbanisms)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Pass/Fail
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