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59010-01 - Seminar: Camps and the City 3 CP

Semester fall semester 2020
Course frequency Once only
Lecturers Maren Larsen (, Assessor)
Content Camps are proliferating across the global landscape as spaces that protect, spaces that expose, spaces that control, and spaces that resist. Camps as a settlement typology are recognizable across an increasingly diverse set of geographies and encounter, instantiate, or distance themselves from cities in multiple ways. Furthermore, while camps have taken center stage in popular imaginings of displacement and particular the plight of refugees, the majority of refugees today live not in camps, but in cities – forcing us to reconsider the empirical and theoretical correspondence between the camp and the city in such discourses.

This seminar situates camps within broader global discourse and urban politics to explore the sometimes intertwined, sometimes antithetical relationship between the camp and city. Rather than approaching camps from the more typical lens of conflict urbanism and refugee studies, students start from the camp – thereby widening the range of phenomena explored. Exploring such iterations as the protest camp, refugee camp, labor camp, and military camp, students will gain a deeper understanding of what makes camps as political, social, cultural, and architectural spaces. Classroom discussions of weekly readings will serve to untangle the ways in which both the form and the idea of both “the camp” and “the city” co-narrate each other’s histories, realities, and theoretical underpinnings.
Learning objectives - An ability to think about the city by approaching camps through an “urban” lens and expanding the study of the urban to include the camp
- Ability to read and discuss texts across disciplinary boundaries (notably across geography, anthropology, and political science)
- An understanding of the spatially and socially transformative power of camps, the groups that inhabit them, and the broader urban politics and struggles into which they write themselves


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


Interval weekly
Date 17.09.2020 – 17.12.2020
Time Thursday, 14.15-16.00 Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Date Time Room
Thursday 17.09.2020 14.15-16.00 Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Thursday 24.09.2020 14.15-16.00 Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Thursday 01.10.2020 14.15-16.00 Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Thursday 08.10.2020 14.15-16.00 Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Thursday 15.10.2020 14.15-16.00 Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Thursday 22.10.2020 14.15-16.00 Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Thursday 29.10.2020 14.15-16.00 Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Thursday 05.11.2020 14.15-16.00 Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Thursday 12.11.2020 14.15-16.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Thursday 19.11.2020 14.15-16.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Thursday 26.11.2020 14.15-16.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Thursday 03.12.2020 14.15-16.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Thursday 10.12.2020 14.15-16.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Thursday 17.12.2020 14.15-16.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Modules Modul: Fachkompetenz Globaler Wandel (Master's degree subject Geography)
Modul: Fields: Environment and Development (Master's degree program African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Governance and Politics (Master's degree program African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Media and Imagination (Master's degree program African Studies)
Module: Migration, Mobility and Transnationalism (Master's degree program Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources)
Module: Projects and Processes of Urbanization (Master's degree program Critical Urbanisms (Start of studies before 01.08.2020))
Module: The Urban across Disciplines (Master's degree program Critical Urbanisms)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Arbeit, Migration und Gesellschaft (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 Fachbereich Urban Studies