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070123 UE Guided Reading Global History - Narratives in Conflict (2022S)

Nationalisms and Nation-building in the Union of Burma/Myanmar

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

An/Abmeldung

Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").

Details

max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Unless the pandemic situation worsens significantly/there are changes to the rules, this class will take place as an in-person class.
However, you can join virtually if personal health reasons do not allow you to participate in person.

Donnerstag 03.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Donnerstag 10.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Donnerstag 17.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Donnerstag 24.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Donnerstag 31.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Donnerstag 07.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Donnerstag 28.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Donnerstag 05.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Donnerstag 12.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Donnerstag 19.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Donnerstag 02.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Donnerstag 09.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Donnerstag 23.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Donnerstag 30.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Content: The history, society, politics and conflicts of (the Union of) Burma/Myanmar, with a focus on the 19th and especially the 20th century, up until today’s ongoing မြန်မာ့နွေဦးတော်လှန်ရေး (Myanma Nway Oo Taw Lhan Ye, Myanmar Spring Revolution) following the military coup of 1 February 2021, as well as (mass) atrocities in the conflicts. Given this ongoing historic watershed that the coup and the Revolution represent, we will look at how history “culminates” right now and see what role both history and historical narratives play in the current situation as a whole and in the revolutionary movement specifically.

We may have students from Myanmar join the classes (virtually) which should allow for further insights and interesting exchanges and discussions.

We will also look at underlying aspects, e.g. Theravada Buddhism, colonialism, nationalism(s) etc. More specifically, we will look at the connection between (unfinished) state- and nation-building and the many (violent) conflicts raging in the country until today. We will focus on the different historical narratives and collective memories prevalent amongst the various ethnic groups and on the central state’s narrative, how they stand in conflict with each other, and how these narratives impact said state- and nation-building and violent conflicts.

Goals: The course has several aims:
a) It aims to give students a basic understanding of the above mentioned content.
b) It aims to give students an understanding of how theories on nationalism and collective memory can be helpful in understanding these aspects, and how such theories can be essential for understanding history in general (e.g. B. Anderson, A. D. Smith, W. Connor)
c) It aims to help students develop a critical approach towards writing and researching history, especially an awareness of retrospective national reading and writing of history and how this impacts both scholarship and politics around the world today.
d) It aims to help students develop an understanding of the changing nature of human collective identities through time and space, with a focus on the emergence of the “nation” as the pre-eminent such identity in modern times.
e) It aims to help students develop an awareness of being precise in their academic work.

In all of this, the Union of Burma will serve as the main example, but not as the only one. We will compare Burma to other countries, especially looking at the differences between the emergence and development of nationalism in Burma and Europe. Students are highly encouraged to reflect their own countries’ background in this regard and add their thoughts into the discussion.

Methods: The course is a guided reading, meaning we will read both original sources, as well as academic texts every week. Students are expected to thoroughly read the texts and write short assignments (1-2 pages) along guiding questions for every session, so as to be able to properly discuss the texts in class. Debate is an essential ingredient for good academic work, so students are expected to actively participate in class.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Weekly assignments (1-2 pages) on the readings (65% of final grade), active participation in class (35%).

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Each assignment and class participation will be graded 0-100.
<55 points = 5 (fail)
55-65 = 4
66-77 = 3
78-89 = 2
90-100 = 1

Don’t be afraid of English! You will not be downgraded due to grammar or other linguistic mistakes. Improving your academic English skills will improve your academic skills and outlook as a whole.
You will need to be positive in both parts (written and participation) to pass.
Please remember not to take too many classes with weekly assignments per semester. For a Guided Reading, an estimated 5.5 hours per week are assumed for reading and assignment writing in addition to the time spent at the class itself.

Prüfungsstoff

No exam, only weekly assignments and participation in class.

Literatur

Will be published on moodle.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

BA Geschichte (2012): Zeitgeschichte (4 ECTS)
BA Geschichte (2019): Globalgeschichte (5 ECTS)
BEd UF Geschichte: Globalgeschichte, Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte (4 ECTS)

Letzte Änderung: Do 03.03.2022 15:28