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71251-01 - Seminar: Urban Afterlives of Resource Extraction Landscapes 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2024
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Ernest Sewordor (ernest.sewordor@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt This course combines global urban history, planetary theory, and geology to explore what happens to landscapes from which resources are exploited and their urban inhabitants once exhaustion is reached. It traces the centrality of resource exploitation to slavery, the industrial revolution, colonialism, and has become a post-colonial condition for “development” aiding. Resource pillage historically shaped how Europe related with other societies, including their ex-colonies in the Americas, Africa, and Asia, and how the current Euro-Americo-Sino push for capitalist notions of “progress” worldwide perpetuates past unequal power relations. Set against the violent consequences of today’s neoliberal world order, this course broadly surveys the temporal and spatial dimensions of the Anthropocene — which suggests that humans have caused the impending doom of our planet, Earth. With drastic climate changes as its reminder, the Anthropocene has sparked environmental justice activism for renewable energy policies and sustainable urban practices. By tracing the material markers of the Anthropocene, this course will examine the urban implications of resource extraction in the aftermath of exhaustion (and its associated pollution, dispossession, and degradation) across different sites, with special emphasis on Africa.
Lernziele Each week’s readings and discussions of scholarly works will guide participants to:
(a) centre a racial geo-logic to understand the historical origins of the Anthropocene,
(b) examine the emergence of the idea of the environment and concerns with conservation,
(c) assess the quality of urban life in extraction sites and how inhabitants adapt to precarity.
Literatur 1. Gupta, Pamila, Sarah Nuttal, and Hanneke Stuit (eds). Planetary Hinterlands: Extraction, Abandonment and Care. Palgrave MacMillan, 2024.
2. Yusoff, Kathryn. A Billion Black Anthropocene or None. University of Minnesota Press, 2019.
3. Warde, Paul, Libby Robin, and Sverker Sörlin (eds). The Environment: A History of the Idea. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018.

Bemerkungen Seminar with a cap of 35-40 students and with the priority for CU and CS Students on timely registration.


Teilnahmebedingungen Anmelden erforderlich/Abmelden
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall Wochentag Zeit Raum
wöchentlich Montag 10.15-12.00 Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201


Datum Zeit Raum
Montag 26.02.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Montag 04.03.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Montag 11.03.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Montag 18.03.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Montag 25.03.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Montag 01.04.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Ostern
Montag 08.04.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Montag 15.04.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Montag 22.04.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Montag 29.04.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Montag 06.05.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Montag 13.05.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Montag 20.05.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Pfingstmontag
Montag 27.05.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Module Modul: Fields: Environment and Development (Master Studiengang: African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Governance and Politics (Master Studiengang: African Studies)
Modul: Resources and Sustainability (Master Studiengang: Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources )
Modul: The Urban across Disciplines (Master Studiengang: Critical Urbanisms)
Modul: Transfer: Europa interdisziplinär (Master Studiengang: Europäische Geschichte in globaler Perspektive )
Modul: Ways of Knowing the City (Master Studiengang: Critical Urbanisms)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Umwelt und Nachhaltigkeit (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Wahlbereich Master Geschichte: Empfehlungen (Master Studienfach: Geschichte)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung pass/fail
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