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69302-01 - Seminar: Diaspora Politics 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2023
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Julie Bernath (julie.bernath@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Diaspora communities are routinely seen as an illustration of the deep cross-border connections that characterise our contemporary globalised world. Their existence unsettles traditional conceptions of political and social life organised around notions of ‘inside’ vs. ‘outside’, as well as traditional understandings of the state, national identity, or sovereignty. As such, diasporas have captured the imagination of scholars from multiple disciplines. Diaspora communities have also become coveted by policymakers, state authorities and civil society actors as partners in development or peacebuilding projects; yet at the same time they are also scrutinised with suspicion as transporting conflicts across national borders, as disrupting peace processes or as entertaining long-distance nationalism.
This seminar examines diaspora politics as transnational processes in world politics. It will be organised in three main parts. First, we will start with definitional debates on diaspora (Part I). How does this analytical concept relate to other concepts such as citizens, migrants, expats, or refugees? Can we define diaspora based on a selected list of criteria, or do diasporas only come into existence as a process, through political mobilisation? In this first part of the seminar, we will also engage with gendering diaspora; decolonial and post-colonial approaches to the study of diaspora politics; and methodological and ethical questions that arise when researching diaspora politics. Second, we will move to an analysis of diaspora as transnational political actors (Part II). What factors influence diaspora mobilisation in and across host country contexts, over time, spaces and across generations? How does diaspora mobilisation unfold in contexts of authoritarianism? How do digital technologies shape diaspora mobilisation? Finally, we will look at diaspora politics from the perspective of critical peace and conflict studies (Part III). A range of empirical examples will provide a differentiated overview of the various roles of diaspora groups in homeland conflicts and peacebuilding initiatives, including transitional justice processes. This will take us beyond binary narratives of diaspora groups as either ‘peace-makers’ or ‘peace-wreckers’. We will also critically reflect upon the different ways in which policy-makers and various actors in the field of civilian peacebuilding have increasingly tried to engage with diaspora groups.
Throughout the seminar, we will draw on case studies from various contexts to animate our conceptual, theoretical, and methodological discussions.
Lernziele By the end of the seminar, students should be able to:
- discuss competing academic definitions and key debates on diaspora, and their implications for research on diaspora politics;
- discern ethical challenges and the implications of methodological choices for conducting research on diaspora politics;
- understand different approaches that help to explain and analyse diaspora mobilisation;
- have a differentiated understanding of the various roles that diaspora play in peacebuilding through an overview of contemporary research at the intersection of diaspora studies and critical peace & conflict studies;
- reflect critically upon how state authorities, policymakers and other actors (in particular in the field of civilian peacebuilding) engage with diaspora groups in (post-)conflict settings.
Bemerkungen The course requires knowledge in qualitative and quantitative methods, as provided in the BA methods courses taught in the Department of Social Sciences.
Attention:
All Seminars will be graded in the Department of Political Science.
Grading scale 6.0 to 1.0, whereupon 4.0 is a pass.
The number of participants is limited. The places are assigned according to date of enrollment and subject of study. Priority will be given to students of Political Science.

 

Teilnahmebedingungen The course requires knowledge in qualitative and quantitative methods, as provided in the BA methods courses taught in the Department of Social Sciences.
Attention:
All Seminars will be graded in the Department of Political Science.
Grading scale 6.0 to 1.0, whereupon 4.0 is a pass.
The number of participants is limited. The places are assigned according to date of enrollment and subject of study. Priority will be given to students of Political Science.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz

 

Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 18.09.2023 – 18.12.2023
Zeit Montag, 10.15-11.45 Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Kleiner Seminarraum 02.001
Datum Zeit Raum
Montag 18.09.2023 10.15-11.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Kleiner Seminarraum 02.001
Montag 25.09.2023 10.15-11.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Kleiner Seminarraum 02.001
Montag 02.10.2023 10.15-11.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Kleiner Seminarraum 02.001
Montag 09.10.2023 10.15-11.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Kleiner Seminarraum 02.001
Montag 16.10.2023 10.15-11.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Kleiner Seminarraum 02.001
Montag 23.10.2023 10.15-11.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Kleiner Seminarraum 02.001
Montag 30.10.2023 10.15-11.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Kleiner Seminarraum 02.001
Montag 06.11.2023 10.15-11.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Kleiner Seminarraum 02.001
Montag 13.11.2023 10.15-11.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Kleiner Seminarraum 02.001
Montag 20.11.2023 10.15-11.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Kleiner Seminarraum 02.001
Montag 27.11.2023 10.15-11.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Kleiner Seminarraum 02.001
Montag 04.12.2023 10.15-11.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Kleiner Seminarraum 02.001
Montag 11.12.2023 10.15-11.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Kleiner Seminarraum 02.001
Montag 18.12.2023 10.15-11.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Kleiner Seminarraum 02.001
Module Modul: Europäisierung und Globalisierung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Modul: Fields: Governance and Politics (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Migration, Mobility and Transnationalism (Master Studiengang Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources )
Modul: Regionaler Fokus M.A. (Master Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Transfer: Europa interdisziplinär (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte in globaler Perspektive )
Modul: Vertiefung Politikwissenschaft M.A. (Master Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Arbeit, Migration und Gesellschaft (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Regional Integration and Global Flows (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala 1-6 0,5
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Politikwissenschaft

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