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69052-01 - Vorlesung: South Designs for Planetary Futures 2 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2023
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Kenny R. Cupers (kenny.cupers@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Laura Nkula Wenz (laura.nkula@unibas.ch)
Inhalt This public conversation series explores how design, thought and practiced from the South, forges planetary futures. What do design responses to ecological crisis look like when they are grounded in the aspirations and struggles of those most affected, predominantly residing in the Global South? How does design grapple with radical interdependence in conditions of enduring injustice and rapid urban and environmental change?

In 2022, as part of the SNSF-funded Sinergia project Governing Through Design, Kenny Cupers (Critical Urbanisms, University of Basel) and Laura Nkula-Wenz (African Centre for Cities, Cape Town) launched a global call for projects to answer these pressing questions. Over 150 multidisciplinary teams from across the world responded with project proposals. In dialogue with emerging thought and design leaders, the six winning project teams will reflect on their collaborative and speculative work with communities, sites, and materials and discuss how current social and ecological theory confronts the pragmatics and urgencies of making things together.


Tuesday, 19 September, 4.15-6pm CET, Alte Universität Hörsaal 101
Introduction to the topic and to each other; running through the syllabus together; setting course expectations;

Tuesday, 26th September, 4.15-6pm CET, online zoom
Opening Roundtable Discussion with Jennifer Gabrys, Paulo Tavares, and Michael Uwemedimo, Chaired by Kenny Cupers (Urban Studies, University of Basel)
Zoom Registration: https://unibas.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2xgJJsseRq-o7FmcL8HANA

Tuesday, 17 October, 4.15-6pm CET, Alte Universität Hörsaal 101
Preparatory discussion for “Planetary Occupations x Nana Yaa Biamah Ofosu”
Preparatory reading: TBD

Tuesday 24 October, 4.15-6pm CET, online zoom
Planetary Occupations x Nana Yaa Biamah Ofosu
Zoom Registration: https://unibas.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UzQ7EOuTREGJgKC7H7uuyQ

Tuesday, 7 November, 4.15-6pm CET, Alte Universität Hörsaal 101
Preparatory discussion for “Re-Imagi(nations) x Françoise Vergès”
Preparatory reading: TBD

Tuesday 14 November, 4.15-6pm CET, online zoom
Re-Imagi(nations) x Françoise Vergès
Zoom Registration: https://unibas.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RRkZsriwSridPvtBH5-0zA

Tuesday, 21 November, 4.15-6pm CET, Alte Universität Hörsaal 101
Preparatory discussion for “Rural Futurism x Germane Barnes”
Preparatory reading: TBD

Tuesday 28 November, 4.15-6pm CET, online zoom
Rural Futurism x Germane Barnes
Zoom Registration: https://unibas.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VCyCHpRPQGqe37lT7icrwA
Lernziele Students will learn about different modes of design practice in response to environmental crisis
Students will actively engage with debates that connect design, geopolitics, and climate justice
Students will learn about the opportunities and challenges of interdisciplinary and collaborative practice and have the space to reflect on how the different projects presented navigate both
In the assignments, students will have the opportunity to try their hand in effective science communication

Literatur Rationale
The climate crisis is only the latest manifestation of a longstanding history of planetary injustice. While the global North has historically produced and, together with China, continues to produce the bulk of emissions that have caused climate change, its consequences are felt disproportionally by vulnerable subjects and ecologies in the Global South. Current sustainability agendas are shaped by the interests of wealthy and polluting countries, rather than the world’s human and other-than-human majority. Addressing the global ecological crisis requires overcoming planetary modes of colonial extraction and asymmetric industrialisation, and the resulting global inequities.

Fuelled by the climate crisis, design solutions have increasingly gathered around a call to build and strengthen sustainable and resilient systems. Politicians, planners, designers, development agencies, and community organizations invest hope in design as they aim to foster environments and subjects that can effectively respond to new levels of risk and uncertainty. Critics, however, have noted that adopting resilience as an end goal may entrench rather than undo political- economic systems of violence and marginalization.

The Global South designs, obviously. It does so relentlessly and often with urgency. These majority-world projects and practices, however, are routinely overshadowed, co-opted, or suppressed by institutions that govern in the name of resilience, sustainability, or development.

The conversation series starts from the premise that to carry through the promise of design against catastrophe, the South remains indispensable—not as a geographical location, but as an ethos of engagement. The project asks what resilience means when it is mobilized from the South, and how design can work for living landscapes and autonomous communities to foster global justice. Considering the colonial relations to which both “design” and the “global South” are tied, this prompt invites a fundamental questioning of design and points to a world beyond inherited spatial and epistemic divides.
Weblink Syllabus


Teilnahmebedingungen No requirements
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz
HörerInnen willkommen


Intervall Wochentag Zeit Raum
wöchentlich Dienstag 16.15-18.00 Alte Universität, Hörsaal -101


Datum Zeit Raum
Dienstag 19.09.2023 16.15-18.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Hörsaal -101
Dienstag 26.09.2023 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Dienstag 17.10.2023 16.15-18.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Hörsaal -101
Dienstag 24.10.2023 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Dienstag 07.11.2023 16.15-18.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Hörsaal -101
Dienstag 14.11.2023 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Dienstag 21.11.2023 16.15-18.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Hörsaal -101
Dienstag 28.11.2023 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Module Doktorat Urban Studies: Empfehlungen (Promotionsfach: Urban Studies )
Modul: Fields: Environment and Development (Master Studiengang: African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Knowledge Production and Transfer (Master Studiengang: African Studies)
Modul: Praktiken (Master Studiengang: Kulturtechniken)
Modul: The Urban across Disciplines (Master Studiengang: Critical Urbanisms)
Leistungsüberprüfung Leistungsnachweis
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung You are assessed on a Pass/Fail basis. To pass this course, you are required to attend all four lecture events and at least two of the preparatory discussions. You will also need to submit the following assignments: three blog posts reflecting on one of the lectures (due two weeks after the respective lecture) and one reflective essay, which presents your thoughts and analysis across the four public events (due 22 December, 5pm).

If you know that you cannot make it to one of the four public conversation events, please do not register for this class. Of course, you are still welcome to attend the public lectures.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung eine Wiederholung, Wiederholung zählt
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Urban Studies