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72542-01 - Seminar: Solidarity Cities 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2024
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Claske Dijkema (claske.dijkema@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Neoliberalism is turning cities into hubs for tourism and global finance, leading to gentrification and the erosion of cooperative environments in neighborhoods. In this context, there are also people who build alternatives, often operating on very local scales with limited resources and under precarious conditions. This course aims to explore the question of what a solidarity city looks like, where solidarity is lived in the city and which Infrastructures make this possible. We approach the city as a complex relational entity that is experienced and negotiated by different stakeholders in multiple ways. Three central and interrelated concepts at the heart of the investigation are social justice, care and solidarity.

Under the broad term of solidarity cities, we look at urban actors, practices and institutions that are engaged in the urban space to ensure that everyone can participate in the city. In doing so, we address various concepts that are currently being referred to by social movements, such as “caring cities”, “right to the city”, “safe cities”, “infrastructures of solidarity” and “urban citizenship”. We examine how neoliberalism also affects what can be considered public, e.g. public spaces. Hence the course discusses from a spatial perspective the possibilities of collective action and political mobilization within cities.

Which experiments that place the needs of all city dwellers (e.g. for housing, (mental) health, education) at the center can we find around us in different Swiss cities? What kind of political philosophy drives these experiments? To what extent are these solidarity initiatives forms of autonomous or intermediary organization or adhere to a humanitarian logic? The main disciplines the course draws on are urban sociology and social geography, but proposed reading also includes texts on political philosophy. The course is organized in three half-day classroom sessions and two full-day explorations of Bern and Zürich.

Claske Dijkema is Assistant Professor in Diversity and Sozialraum at the Bern University of Applied Sciences in Social Work. Main themes in her work are conflict, empowerment and safety in urban spaces. Her post-doc at swisspeace dealt with urban violence in European cities. At the University of Basel, she carried out a collaborative learning project on decolonising Swiss urban landscapes.
Sarah Schilliger is Senior Researcher at the University of Bern and leads an international research project on solidarity movements and citizenship struggles in ten European cities. In her PhD in Sociology at the University of Basel, she carried out a multi-sited ethnography on care workers employed in Swiss households coming from Eastern European countries.

Bemerkungen This course is capped at 15-20 max. Students and prioritizes MA Critical Urbanisms and MA Changing Societies Students on timely registration.


Unterrichtssprache Englisch
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Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 04.10.2024 10.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Mehrzweckraum 035
Freitag 25.10.2024 10.15-16.00 Uhr Bern, --
Freitag 08.11.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr - Siehe Bemerkung, TBC - Biel Field trip or Morning in Basel and Biel in the afternoon
Freitag 29.11.2024 14.00-17.00 Uhr Dies Academicus
Freitag 13.12.2024 10.15-17.00 Uhr Zürich, --
Module Modul: Resources and Sustainability (Master Studiengang: Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources )
Modul: The Urban across Disciplines (Master Studiengang: Critical Urbanisms)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Arbeit, Migration und Gesellschaft (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
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