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70453-01 - Übung: Understanding Racism. Theory and History of the Concept and Approaches to Overcome and Un-learn Racism 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2023
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Danielle Isler (danielle.isler@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt The second wave of ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests in 2020 after the murder of African American George Floyed caught the attention of many people for its magnitude and global spread. What is meant by ‘Black Lives Matter’ and how does it relate to power structures in this world? In this course, students learn about the concept of race, racism and its different dimensions (structural, institutional, internalized, interpersonal) in the past and present, as well as its relations to other power structures. In addition, students engage with the question of how internalized prejudices and racist attitudes can be overcome, i.e. unlearned. The course includes in-depth reading of selected texts, group discussions, interactive exercises as well as individual and group work.

Danielle Isler is a PhD candidate at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies researching “Black Subjectivities and Whitened Spaces in Cape Town”. She is a graduate of the Masters’ program in African Studies at the University of Basel.
Lernziele The students…
- know important studies on race and racialisation
- know important studies on whiteness
- know important studies on the construction of ‘the Other’ and on social hierarchies
- know the different dimensions of racism
- know concepts of intersectionality
- are able to analyse forms of racist oppression in contemporary societies from a sociological or ethnological perspective - also in relation to other power structures
- know concepts of allyship
Literatur Ahmed, Sara. 2007. „A phenomenology of whiteness“. Sage Publications 8(2):149–68.
Çankaya, Sinan, und Paul Mepschen. 2019. „Facing racism: discomfort, innocence and the liberal peripheralisation of race in the Netherlands“. Social Anthropology 27(4):626–40. doi: 10.1111/1469-8676.1269.
Crenshaw, Kimberle. 1991. „Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence aganst Women of Color“. Stanford Law Review 43(6):1241–99.
Emejulu, Akwugo, und Francesca Sobande, Hrsg. 2019. To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe. London: Pluto Press.
Hall, Stuart. 1997. „The Spectacle of the ‚Other‘“. S. 223–90 in Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices, herausgegeben von S. Hall. London: SAGE Publications.
hooks, bell. 1992a. «Representing Whiteness in the Black Imagination», in Cultural Studies, Eds. Lawrence Grossberg et al. London: Routledge, pp. 338–342.
Human Rights Council. UN WGEPAD. 2022. Report of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent on its visit to Switzerland. https://www.ohchr.org/en/documents/country-reports/ahrc5154add1-visit-switzerland-report-working-group-experts-people (Access on 01.10.2022).
M’charek, Amade, Katharina Schramm, und David Skinner. 2013. „Topologies of Race: Doing territory, population and identity in Europe“. Science, Technology, & Human Values 39(4):468–87.
Mudimbe, V. Y. 1988. The Invention of Africa: Gnosis, Philosophy, and the Order of
Knowledge. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.
Saïd, Edward. 1994. Culture and Imperialism. London: Vintage, pp. 3 – 31
Saïd, Edward. 1978. Orientalism. London: Penguin Books, pp. 1-28.
Wa Baile, Mohamed, Serena O. Dankwa, Tarek Naguip, Patricia Purtschert, und Sarah Schilliger, Hrsg. 2019. Racial Profiling: Struktureller Rassismus und antirassistischer Widerstand. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag.
Yancy, George. 2012. Look, a White! Philosophical Essays on Whiteness. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
Young, Harvey. 2013. Embodying Black Experience - Stillness, Critical Memory, and the Black Body. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.


Teilnahmebedingungen Master's students and advanced Bachelor's students from all subject areas.
Please take of the required motivational statement listed under registration (Anmeldung).
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Due to limited capacity, a selection process must be conducted. Students interested in this course are asked to write a letter of motivation (300 words) answering the following questions and to submit it latest by 10/09/2023 to danielle.isler@uni-bayreuth.de:
• Why do you want to take this course?
• Where and how will you apply what you have learned?
No later than September 16, 2023, students who have written a letter of motivation will find out whether they have been admitted to the course.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
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Intervall Wochentag Zeit Raum
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Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 22.09.2023 14.15-18.00 Uhr Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Freitag 29.09.2023 14.15-18.00 Uhr Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Freitag 20.10.2023 14.15-18.00 Uhr Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Freitag 03.11.2023 14.15-18.00 Uhr Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Freitag 10.11.2023 14.15-18.00 Uhr Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Freitag 08.12.2023 14.15-18.00 Uhr Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Freitag 15.12.2023 14.15-18.00 Uhr Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.004
Module Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften B.A. (Bachelor Studienfach: Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften M.A. (Master Studienfach: Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Fields: Governance and Politics (Master Studiengang: African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Knowledge Production and Transfer (Master Studiengang: African Studies)
Modul: Migration, Mobility and Transnationalism (Master Studiengang: Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources )
Modul: Politik, Entwicklung und soziale Ungleichheit (Bachelor Studienfach: Soziologie)
Modul: The Urban across Disciplines (Master Studiengang: Critical Urbanisms)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Arbeit, Migration und Gesellschaft (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Active participation
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 Zentrum für Afrikastudien