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69051-01 - Übung: Real Estate City: Financialization and the Fight for Housing Justice in Basel 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2023
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Jacob Geuder (jacob.geuder@unibas.ch)
Lea Marie Nienhoff (l.nienhoff@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt “Financialization” has become a popular concept to highlight the power of financial actors in shaping urban development. Housing, land, and inhabitants are increasingly treated as mere assets. We will study the concept of “financialization” and discuss the social relations of property in Basel. Short-term expectations of returns and land speculation regularly affect people’s livelihoods and create new urban inequalities. The course introduces methods to investigate shifting property relations in Basel as well as tenants’ experiences and local forms of contestation. Thus, the course will (1) introduce students to qualitative and quantitative research methods to study the effects of housing financialization in Basel; (2) document the displacement of low-income households through mass cancellations of rental contracts; (3) connect with grassroots networks and emancipatory initiatives. Through collaborations with the association Stadt für Alle and other civic initiatives the course is embedded in a process of collective knowledge production rooted in the city. In our course we want to act in respect for and solidarity with affected residents and produce a set of documents, films, and maps to communicate the findings to a larger public.

Lernziele (1) Engaging with the theory of the financialization of housing and understanding the commodification of land in historical context. (2) Analyzing current urban developments in Basel and reflecting on real estate imaginaries as well as alternatives. (3) Applying research approaches such as urban ethnography, data analysis and visualization, historical and narrative analysis.

Literatur Atkinson, Rowland. “Losing One’s Place: Narratives of Neighbourhood Change, Market Injustice and Symbolic Displacement.” Housing, Theory and Society 32, no. 4 (2015): 373–88.

Balmer, Ivo and Bernet, Tobias. “Housing as a Common Resource? Decommodification and Self-Organization in Housing – Examples from Germany and Switzerland.” In Urban Commons: Moving Beyond State and Market (Berlin, München, Boston: Birkhäuser, 2022), 178-195.

Fields, Desiree, Raymond, Elora Lee. “Racialized geographies of housing financialization.” Progress in Human Geography 45, no. 6 (2021): 1625 –1645.

Maharawal, Manissa M. and Erin McElroy. “The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project: Counter Mapping and Oral History Toward Bay Area Housing Justice.” Annals of the American Association of Geographers 108, no. 2 (2018): 380-389.

Rolnik, Raquel. “Late Neoliberalism: The Financialization of Homeownership and Housing Rights.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 37, no. 3 (2013): 1058–66.

Theurillat, Thierry, Jose Corpataux, and Olivier Crevoisier. “Property sector financialization: the case of Swiss pension funds (1992–2005).” European Planning Studies 18.2 (2010): 189-212.
Bemerkungen In-class teaching:
September 4, 10-13h; 14-15:30h
September 5, 10-13h
September 6, 10-13h; 14-15:30h
September 7, 10-13h

Group work:
September 8, 10-16h
September 11, 10-16h
September 12, 10-16h
September 13, 10-16h

Language: English and German
Non-German speakers are invited to join the course. We will deal with limitations (for example materials only available in German or interview partners who do not speak English) pragmatically and aim to create an inclusive learning environment that accommodates different language skills.


Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall Wochentag Zeit Raum
Block Siehe Einzeltermine


Datum Zeit Raum
Montag 04.09.2023 10.15-17.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Studio 357
Dienstag 05.09.2023 10.15-17.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Studio 357
Mittwoch 06.09.2023 10.15-17.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Studio 357
Donnerstag 07.09.2023 10.15-17.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Studio 357
Freitag 08.09.2023 10.15-17.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Studio 357
Montag 11.09.2023 10.15-17.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Studio 357
Dienstag 12.09.2023 10.15-17.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Studio 357
Mittwoch 13.09.2023 10.15-17.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Studio 357
Module Modul: The Urban across Disciplines (Master Studiengang: Critical Urbanisms)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Students are expected to hand in one response paper before the beginning of the course. Further, students will complete a group project. Part of the group project is (1) active research and data collection, (2) a group presentation on your approaches and case studies, and (3) a portfolio with the results and multi-media products from the research process.
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 Urban Studies