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69539-01 - Seminar: Urban Violence & Memory Politics 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2023
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Johannes Schubert (jon.schubert@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Violence and memory politics are central dimensions of urban social, political, and economic life, and best examined in their situated, dynamic interplay rather than as isolated epiphenomena. This course looks at different nodes in which politics, violence, and memory interplay to produce and contest specific social formations. Violence and processes of social remembering and memorialisation are central components of political action, specifically regarding the relation between states and citizens, both in situations of the seeming normality of democracy and rule of law (elections, policing), as well as in apparent states of exception (revolution, repression, state violence).

Through this, the course addresses the foundational question of the relationship between coercion and consent. It reveals how shifting in and out of categories such as legal/illegal, normal/exceptional, and state/non-state are fundamental, if situational, ordering principles by which people make sense of and act upon the world. We will also critically examine the postulated connections between violent conflict, development, and the ‘failure’ or ‘success’ of state- and nation-building processes and, through this, equip ourselves with the reflexive and methodological tools to confront these discourses critically.
Lernziele Drawing from a broad range of readings, this course explores different empirical contexts to introduce students to key ideas on violence and memory politics. Students will learn to identify, understand, compare and contrast various conceptual approaches, and apply these to different case studies. Students should come out with a firm knowledge of the interrelations between urban development, state-building, violence, and memory.


Teilnahmebedingungen The number of participants is limited to 25 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 Wochentag Zeit Raum
wöchentlich Dienstag 14.15-16.00 Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201


Datum Zeit Raum
Dienstag 19.09.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Dienstag 26.09.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Dienstag 03.10.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Dienstag 10.10.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Dienstag 17.10.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Dienstag 24.10.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Dienstag 31.10.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Dienstag 07.11.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Dienstag 14.11.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Dienstag 21.11.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Dienstag 28.11.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Dienstag 05.12.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Dienstag 12.12.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Dienstag 19.12.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Module Modul: Conflicts and Peacebuilding (Master Studiengang: Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources )
Modul: Sachthemen der Ethnologie (Bachelor Studienfach: Ethnologie)
Modul: The Urban across Disciplines (Master Studiengang: Critical Urbanisms)
Modul: Theory and General Anthropology (Master Studienfach: Anthropology)
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 The course will be run as weekly, two-hour meetings. Each session includes a brief introduction by the instructor, and then extensive group discussions based on readings and reading notes prepared by the students. All but the first session will also include student presentations on selected topics/case studies.

This is a discussion seminar, and your learning success depends on commitment and involvement of all participants. This only works if you arrive well-prepared, and actively participate in the discussions and listen to your peers. Discussions and ‘thinking out loud’ are a large part of the course and learning in it. Seminars are intended as safe spaces to experiment with debating literature and building our own techniques and confidence in critical reading, discourse, and review and writing skills. In addition, the class incorporates peer feedback and peer review as an important tool to help you with becoming better writers, readers and collaborators.

The reading list includes core readings per session that all students are expected to read and prepare for discussion — these are normally two journal articles or book chapters, though in some sessions we will rely on shorter, alternative forms of conveying analytical insights to academic and non-academic audiences (online resources, shorter posts, etc.). In addition, students will lead the discussion based on the session’s core readings. Topics/sessions will be allocated in the first meeting. Finally, the syllabus also includes additional/background readings for those wishing to explore a certain topic in greater depth (for their essay, for example).We’ll use a shared pad as collective whiteboard/scrapboard to keep track of our discussions.
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