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68725-01 - Seminar: Climate Urbanism 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2023
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Vanesa Castan Broto (vanesa.castanbroto@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Climate change demands urgent action. This call is heard most loudly in
rapidly growing urban areas. Cities are key to implementing climate policy and planning. By
focusing on cities as the most appropriate sites of action and prioritising the protection of
infrastructures, climate urbanism is transforming the fabric of everyday life with dramatic
consequences for urban inequality. This course examines the history, processes and
implications of the rise of climate urbanism as a model for urban development.
Lernziele - Understand climate urbanism and how it differs from other perspectives on urban
change and urbanisation.
- Generate and test different theories on how climate urbanism is performed and with
what consequences for how we plan and govern our cities.
- Outline different examples of how different social movements and institutions
embrace, promote or contest climate urbanism.
- Analyse the impact of climate urbanism transforming the physical and social fabric of
urban life, including both socio-ecological transformations but also transformations in
the fundamental assumptions of human existence.


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Unterrichtssprache Englisch
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Intervall Wochentag Zeit Raum
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Datum Zeit Raum
Montag 26.06.2023 10.00-17.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Dienstag 27.06.2023 10.00-17.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Mittwoch 28.06.2023 10.00-17.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Donnerstag 29.06.2023 10.00-17.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Freitag 30.06.2023 10.00-17.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Module Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften M.A. (Master Studienfach: Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Fields: Environment and Development (Master Studiengang: African Studies)
Modul: Kulturtechnische Dimensionen (Master Studiengang: Kulturtechniken)
Modul: Resources and Sustainability (Master Studiengang: Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources )
Modul: The Urban across Disciplines (Master Studiengang: Critical Urbanisms)
Modul: Transfer: Europa interdisziplinär (Master Studiengang: Europäische Geschichte in globaler Perspektive )
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Umwelt und Nachhaltigkeit (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Outline of lectures
Day 1, Monday: Climate urbanism in perspective: will discuss the raising of climate
urbanism as a matter of concern in urban theory, grounded on the debates on cities and
climate change and further analysis of the re-imagination of the entrepreneurial city. It will
include a lecture in the morning. I will also introduce a case study that will be developed
during the week, and we will have online interviews to investigate the case. The students will
write a briefing on the case in the afternoon as an individual assignment on simply mapping
climate urbanism-related challenges in the case study.
Day 2, Tuesday: Reimagining climate planning through an intersectional lens and the
pitfalls of transformation theory: This session will discuss the challenges of rethinking
planning to address the challenges of climate change focusing on radical perspectives on
urban resilience and the rise of radical, feminist planning as an alternative. It will also explore
how ideas of transformation may actually reinforce inequality in climate urbanism. It will
include a planning proposal workshop in the afternoon in which small groups will discuss and
map actors with influence and make planning proposals and present them to the group of
Day 3, Wednesday: Unstable categories: queering and decolonising climate urbanism:
This session will focus on challenging the categories of thought used to understand climate
urbanism, focusing on decolonising and queer theory and also looking into their interaction.
In particular, it will look into how queer theory destabilises notions of futurity in climate
urbanism and how decolonisation challenges the utilitarian approaches that pervade much of
climate theory. The lecture will be followed by a debate in which students will be asked to
prepare alternative views on a problem. In the afternoon, students will apply the knowledge
to review how these perspectives challenge the proposals made on day 2.
Day 4, Thursday: The problem of knowledge: who knows what in climate urbanism:
this lecture will explore two promising directions to advance debates on climate urbanism
beyond its current impasse: an engagement with pluriverse design and design justice; and a
focus on coproduction and its contradictions. In both cases, the objective is to challenge the
processes of knowledge production and call out epistemic injustices that produce the current
unequal forms of climate urbanism. In the afternoon, we will explore different responses.
Students will be asked to develop short research proposals on climate urbanism that put
design justice and local knowledge at their heart.
Day 5, Friday: Did you say you wanted to change the world? Praxis perspectives on
climate urbanism. The last day will be dedicated to reflecting on realistic ways of
intervening in the world. First, we will discuss ideas on ‘praxis’ with a short lecture on
critical theory in urban studies. Second, we will reflect on the different ways of intervention
and map the pros and cons of working with different institutions. In the afternoon, we will
review the corresponding urban chapters in the IPCC reports (urban box in Working Group I,
Chapter 6 in Working Group II, Chapter 6 in Working Group III) and discuss gaps,
alternatives and ways forward.
The students’ evaluation will include a portfolio of assignments, including
1) Short essay on climate urbanism dilemmas in the case study (1000 words), Day 1
2) Refined planning and design proposals (1000 words) Days 2-4
3) Double essay on Critical Perspectives on Climate Urbanism (1000 words) and the
Problem of Praxis (1000 words)
Any elective seminar paper would have to relate to topic 3)
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Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
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Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Urban Studies