Zur Merkliste hinzufügen


62365-02 - Seminar: No Human Being is Illegal? Processes of Illegalization and Criminalization of Migration 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2022
Angebotsmuster unregelmässig
Dozierende Claudia Wilopo (claudia.wilopo@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Why is a person considered “illegal”? What effects does an illegalized residence status have on people’s everyday lives? How do rejected asylum seekers’ presence, actions and legal claims shape migration practice and its enforcement? What can the situation of rejected asylum seekers tell us about our understanding of global migration, borders and citizenship? Possible answers to these questions will be explored and discussed in this class.

This course is an introductory class on illegalized migration in Switzerland. It introduces the legal situation of rejected asylum seekers and draws on practices of rights, exclusion and belonging. It introduces contemporary theories and readings of migration. In class, we will discuss the struggles for economic, social and political inclusion and different nuanced in-between situations of rejected asylum seekers in Switzerland.
Lernziele - Understanding the illegalization process in the Swiss asylum model.
- Acquiring insights on the effects of a negative asylum decision.
- Understanding the complex relationship between illegalization, borders and citizenship
Literatur Affolter, Laura (2020) “Keeping Numbers Low in the Name of Fairness Ethos and Ethics in a Swiss Asylum Administration” in Julia M. Eckert (ed.) The Bureaucratic Production of Difference Ethos and Ethics in Migration Administrations, Bielefeld: Transkript, pp. 28-57.
Ataç, Ilker et al. (2016) “Introduction: The Contentious Politics of Refugee and Migrant Protest and Solidarity Movements: Remaking Citizenship from the Margins.” Citizenship Studies 20 (5): 527–544.
Bader, Dina. (2018) “Who Ought to Stay? Asylum Policy and Protest Culture in Switzerland.” In Protest Movements in Asylum and Deportation, edited by Sieglinde Rosenberger, Verena Stern, and Nina Merhaut, Cham: Springer International Publishing, 69–86.
Dahinden, Janine, and Bridget Anderson (2021) "Exploring New Avenues for Knowledge Production in Migration Research: A Debate Between Bridget Anderson and Janine Dahinden - Pre and After
Lüthi, Barbara (2020) Humans, Not Files: Deportation And Knowledge In Ghi Bulletin Supplement 15.
Piñeiro, Esteban et al. (2021) The art of soft power banishment. New insights into the Swiss deportation regime, Ethnic and Racial Studies. 45:16, 28-48. Cultural Studies, 2015 Vol. 29, No. 1, 55–87.
Schilliger, Sarah (2020) “Challenging Who Counts as a Citizen. The Infrastructure of Solidarity Contesting Racial Profiling in Switzerland.” Journal of Citizenship Studies, April, 1–18.
Vuilleumier Louis. (2021) «Lost in Transition to Adulthood? Illegalized Male Migrants Navigating Temporal Dispossession.» Social Sciences 10(7): 250.
Wilopo, Claudia (2022) “Navigating invisible border spaces: What rejected asylum seekers lives can tell us about everyday bordering practices.” In: Invisible Borders in Very Bordered World: Geographies of Power, Mobility, and Belonging, edited by Joshua Hagen and Alexander Diener, New York: Routledge.
Wyss, Anna (2019) “Stuck in Mobility? Interrupted Journeys of Migrants with Precarious Legal Status in Europe,” Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies 2019, vol. 17, no. 1, 77–93.
Bemerkungen There will be no in person seminar on Wednesday, October 5th.

Students should be prepared to read around 25-30 pages per week.


Teilnahmebedingungen This is an MA class taught in English. Advanced BA students of Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology can attend. P

lease note that the maximum number of participants are 30. There is a priority list for this class. Places will be distributed in order of enrolment. Priority is given to master students in the MSG 'Changing Societies' programme, MA students of the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities and BA students Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 28.09.2022 – 21.12.2022
Zeit Mittwoch, 10.15-12.00 Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Datum Zeit Raum
Mittwoch 28.09.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Mittwoch 05.10.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Mittwoch 12.10.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Mittwoch 19.10.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Mittwoch 26.10.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Mittwoch 02.11.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Mittwoch 09.11.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Mittwoch 16.11.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Mittwoch 23.11.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Mittwoch 30.11.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Mittwoch 07.12.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Mittwoch 14.12.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Mittwoch 21.12.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Module Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften B.A. (Bachelor Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften M.A. (Master Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Fields: Governance and Politics (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Gesellschaft in Osteuropa (Bachelor Studiengang Osteuropa-Studien)
Modul: Gesellschaft in Osteuropa (Bachelor Studienfach Osteuropäische Kulturen)
Modul: Kulturtechnische Dimensionen (Master Studiengang Kulturtechniken)
Modul: Methoden und Felder der Kulturanthropologie (Bachelor Studienfach Kulturanthropologie)
Modul: Migration, Mobility and Transnationalism (Master Studiengang Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources )
Modul: Politik, Entwicklung und soziale Ungleichheit (Bachelor Studienfach Soziologie)
Modul: Research Lab Kulturanthropologie (Master Studienfach Kulturanthropologie)
Modul: The Urban across Disciplines (Master Studiengang Critical Urbanisms)
Modul: Themenfelder der Geschlechterforschung (Bachelor Studienfach Geschlechterforschung)
Modul: Ungleichheit, Konflikt, Kultur (Master Studienfach Soziologie)
Modul: Vertiefung Themenfelder der Geschlechterforschung (Master Studienfach Geschlechterforschung)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Arbeit, Migration und Gesellschaft (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung - Active engagement in class discussions
- Oral input on topic of your choice (10 min.)
- Weekly written reading reflection (100-150 words)
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 Kulturwissenschaft und Europäische Ethnologie