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65906-01 - Doctoral course: Reversing the Gaze: Concepts, Comparison and Area Studies 1 CP

Semester fall semester 2022
Course frequency Once only
Lecturers Elisio Macamo (, Assessor)
Lerato Posholi (
Pascal Schmid (
Ralph Weber (
Content The colloquium “Reversing the Gaze” is an interdisciplinary forum to reflect on methodological, conceptual
and theoretical issues related to knowledge production in Area Studies and comparative social sciences.
In this semester, the colloquium will discuss the changes socio-scientific analytical concepts undergo to be
able to render phenomena intelligible in different settings. The standard assumption according to which
concepts, when properly used, are independent of context has come under massive critique, especially
within the context of postcolonial and decolonial critiques. But does this mean that concepts are hopelessly
tied to context and are bearers of normative assumptions? What happens with analytical concepts when they
travel from one historical or regional context to another? What is gained – and what is lost? And (why)
should we make concepts crossing borders at all?
This colloquium is co-organized by the Universities of Basel, Zurich, and Edinburgh as well as the Graduate
Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva) in the framework of the research project
“Reversing the Gaze: Towards Post-Comparative Area Studies” (

The colloquium takes place online via Zoom.

Monday, 26.09.2022, 12:30-14:00
Monday, 10.10.2022, 12:30-14:00
Monday, 17.10.2022, 10:15-16:00 Workshop with Prof Peter Geschiere (Leiden)
=> on site at Rheinsprung 21, room 00.002
Monday, 21.11.2022, 12:30-14:00
Monday, 05.12.2022, 12:30-14:00

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Language of instruction English
Use of digital media No specific media used


Interval every two weeks
Date 26.09.2022 – 05.12.2022
Time Monday, 12.30-14.00 - Online Präsenz -
Date Time Room
Monday 26.09.2022 12.30-14.00 --, --
Monday 10.10.2022 12.30-14.00 --, --
Monday 24.10.2022 12.30-14.00 --, --
Monday 07.11.2022 12.30-14.00 --, --
Monday 21.11.2022 12.30-14.00 --, --
Monday 05.12.2022 12.30-14.00 --, --
Modules African Studies: Recommendations (PhD subject African Studies)
Anthropology: Recommendations (PhD subject Anthropology)
Doktorat Near & Middle Eastern Studies: Empfehlungen (PhD subject Near & Middle Eastern Studies)
Doktorat Soziologie: Empfehlungen (PhD subject Sociology)
Doktorat Urban Studies: Empfehlungen (PhD subject Urban Studies)
European Studies: Recommendations (PhD subject European Global Studies)
Modul: Europäisierung und Globalisierung (Master's Studies: European Global Studies)
Assessment format continuous assessment
Assessment registration/deregistration Reg.: course registration; dereg.: not required
Repeat examination no repeat examination
Scale Pass / Fail
Repeated registration no repetition
Responsible faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Offered by Zentrum für Afrikastudien