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72653-01 - Übung: Non-Human Humanities 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2024
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Marie Muschalek (marie.muschalek@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt As human beings are forced to grapple with the ecological and social challenges posed by the Anthropocene, they are led to reconsider their relationship to animals, plants, fungi, microbes, but also emerging new beings like clones, AIs, or cyborgs inhabiting the planet. This course delves into the rapidly growing field of Humanities scholarship that contests human exceptionalism, instead locating humans within the manifold, entangled, and changing life worlds of different organisms as well as within the material worlds of nature, environment, and technology.

Reading extensively as well as intensively, we will analyze scholarly texts from different Humanities disciplines and ask how their attention to the nonhuman opens new questions in the study of history and culture. How does an interspecies history of colonialism in Myanmar change our understanding of colonial racism in the British Empire, for instance? Or can an anthropology of the Runa people in Ecuador’s Upper Amazon unsettle our basic assumptions about what it means to be human by attending to the stirrings of the forest and the perspective of dogs and jaguars? We will explore a variety of environmental, new materialist, more- or other-than-human, trans- and post-humanist writings and discuss how these can help us enrich and enliven our own studies.
Lernziele + explore the existing theoretical and empirical literature in the nonhuman Humanities
+ practice sorting complex materials—from many different disciplines and scholars engaged in thinking beyond the human—into schools of thought, theoretical camps, as well as ethical and political positions
+ critically evaluate such positions for use in our own research projects
Literatur [Readings may include:]
Viciane Despret, What Would Animals Say if We Asked the Right Questions? Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012.
Donna Haraway, “A Cyborg Manifesto. Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century,” in: Simians, Cyborgs and Women. The Reinvention of Nature. New York: Routledge, 1991, 149-181.
------, Staying with the Trouble. Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Durham: Duke University Press, 2016.
Eduardo Kohn, How Forests Think. Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human. Berkley: University of California Press, 2013.
Mohamad Amer Meziane, The States of the Earth. An Ecological and Racial History of Secularization. New York: Verso Books, 2024.
Rob Nixon, Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press 2011.
Corey Ross, Liquid Empire. Water and Power in the Colonial World. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2024.
Jonathan Saha, Colonising Animals. Interspecies Empire in Myanmar. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022.
Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World. On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015.

 

Teilnahmebedingungen English proficiency is expected.

Studierende der Geschichte aller Studienstufen sowie Studierende anderer Studienfächer, in deren Module die Übung verknüpft ist. Bei Überbelegung werden Studierende der Geschichte bevorzugt zugelassen.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz

 

Intervall Wochentag Zeit Raum
wöchentlich Montag 10.15-12.00 Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 3

Einzeltermine

Datum Zeit Raum
Montag 16.09.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 3
Montag 23.09.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 3
Montag 30.09.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 3
Montag 07.10.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 3
Montag 14.10.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 3
Montag 21.10.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 3
Montag 28.10.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 3
Montag 04.11.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 3
Montag 11.11.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 3
Montag 18.11.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 3
Montag 25.11.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 3
Montag 02.12.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 3
Montag 09.12.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 3
Montag 16.12.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Departement Geschichte, Seminarraum 3
Module Modul: Archive / Medien / Theorien (Bachelor Studienfach: Geschichte)
Modul: Areas: Europa Global (Master Studiengang: Europäische Geschichte in globaler Perspektive )
Modul: Forschung und Praxis (Master Studienfach: Osteuropäische Geschichte)
Modul: Reflexion, Methodik, Praxis (Master Studiengang: Europäische Geschichte in globaler Perspektive )
Modul: Theorie (Master Studienfach: Geschichte)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Umwelt und Nachhaltigkeit (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 Departement Geschichte

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