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67825-01 - Seminar: Transnational Families: Kinship, Parenthood and Care across Borders 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2023
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Michelle Engeler (michelle.engeler@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt “Transnational families” are families whose members’ (de-)kinning practices do not only shape partnerships, alliances and kinship networks, but also redefine parenthood and childhood beyond (national) borders. Examples may include transnational or binational couples and their kids, migrant parents and their non-migrant children who remain at ‘home’, transnational adoptees and their first mothers, or younger migrant workers or students and their elderly non-migrant parents and siblings. They mark the intersection of individual and familial aspirations, needs and care arrangements as well as structural opportunities and constraints.
Such families with transnational relations are an inevitable consequence of people on the move and are hardly a recent phenomenon. However, specific to our contemporary moment is the use of social media to connect and communicate. Besides using scientific literature, documentaries and/or novels and movies, this seminar will also take a closer look at these online forms of communication to further understand (contemporary) transnational families living, shaping or disrupting transnational kinship networks. More specifically, participants of this seminar can include “netnographic research” and train their capacities to do online ethnographic research while relating their case study to the broader discussions on kinship, migration and transnationalism in social anthropology and neighbouring disciplines.
All in all, the guiding questions of the seminar – and the individual case studies – will be the following:
• What can we learn by looking at transnational families and their various relations within and beyond the nuclear family?
• How can we as anthropologists/social scientists include social media to research transnational families?
• How can we interlink these insights into broader debates on kinship and migration (and related topics) in social anthropology and neighbouring disciplines?
Lernziele Participants will critically read, analyze and discuss papers and books (to some extend also movies, novels, blog posts etc.) on the topic, learn about examples of transnational families and further train their methodological skills by including online ethnographic research on the topic (e.g. by researching youtube channels of transnational adoptees, blog posts of binational couples or Instagram contributions of transnational kids).
Literatur Introductive:
- Lutz, H. and A. Amelina, Eds. (2017). Gender, Migration, Transnationalisierung. Eine intersektionelle Einführung. Sozialtheorie. Bielefeld, transcript.
- Merla, L., M. Kilkey, R. Wilding and L. Baldassar (2021). Key developments and future prospects in the study of transnational families. Research handbook on the sociology of the family. N. F. Schneider and M. Kreyenfeld, EE Elgaronline: 439-451.

 

Teilnahmebedingungen The number of participants is limited to 20 people. The places are assigned according to date of enrollment and subject of study. Priority will be given to the subjects listed under "modules".
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz

 

Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 09.03.2023 – 01.06.2023
Zeit Donnerstag, 14.15-16.00 Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Datum Zeit Raum
Donnerstag 09.03.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Donnerstag 16.03.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Donnerstag 23.03.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Donnerstag 30.03.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Donnerstag 06.04.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ostern
Donnerstag 13.04.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Donnerstag 20.04.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Donnerstag 27.04.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Donnerstag 04.05.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Donnerstag 11.05.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Donnerstag 18.05.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Auffahrt
Donnerstag 25.05.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Donnerstag 01.06.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ethnologie, grosser Seminarraum
Module Modul: Fields: Governance and Politics (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Public Health and Social Life (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Migration, Mobility and Transnationalism (Master Studiengang Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources )
Modul: Sachthemen der Ethnologie (Bachelor Studienfach Ethnologie)
Modul: Themenfelder der Geschlechterforschung (Bachelor Studienfach Geschlechterforschung)
Modul: Theory and General Anthropology (Master Studienfach Anthropology)
Modul: Vertiefung Themenfelder der Geschlechterforschung (Master Studienfach Geschlechterforschung)
Modul: Wissenschaftliche Vertiefung in der Ethnologie: Sachthemen (Bachelor Studienfach Ethnologie)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Arbeit, Migration und Gesellschaft (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung In general: Compulsory attendance (max. 3 absences), willingness to read and discuss, researching and presenting one case study.

Case studies: Each participant will (co-)prepare a case study for one of the seminar’s sessions. Based on scientific literature and some online ethnographic research you will interlink your insights into broader debates on kinship and migration in social anthropology.

Seminar paper: Those students who write a seminar paper do also participate in one case study presentation. Their seminar paper can further develop what they have elaborated within the presentation but may also go into another direction. Importantly, the paper should deal with transnational families from an anthropological perspective and, as an entry point, answer the above-mentioned guiding questions.

All students writing a seminar paper have to hand in their exposé by the end of April (27.04.2023) and present their outline in the course of the semester. The final paper is due by the end of June 2023 (Credit Points FS 2023) or by the end of August (Credit Points HS 2023).
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 Fachbereich Ethnologie

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