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142157 SE Disaster History of Modern South Asia from the 19th to the 21st Century (2021S)

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


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


max. 36 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch




14-tägig an folgenden Terminen: 4.3.,18.3.,25.3., 15.4., 29.4., 20.5., 10.6., 24.6., je 13-16h.
Ort: Die LV wird digital abgehalten. Am 24.6. findet die LV voraussichtlich in SR 5 statt.


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Disasters are collective stress situations or mass emergencies, which can be created by ‘natural hazards, technological accidents, violent intergroup conflicts, shortages of vital resources, and other major hazards to life, health, property, well-being, and everyday routines.’ (Lindell: 2013). The people of South Asia have experienced many disasters: From pandemics, such as the Influenza of 1918, various cholera pandemics or the current Covid-19 pandemic; floods or droughts resulting in large-scale famines and millions of deaths; to the on-going climate crisis, which threatens the livelihood of both farmers and those living in port cities.

In this course we learn about various disasters in the history of modern South Asia, from the 19th century to the present. We address both the natural and human causes of these events and discuss the impact they had on the people and the economy of South Asia. Also, we deal with the responses to such disasters, by households, communities and the government.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel


1) Active participation (10%)
2) Oral Presentation (10%)
3) Regular written assignments (15%)
4) Presentation of a draft of the seminar paper (15%)
5) Final Seminar paper, 15 pages (50%)

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

- you can miss max. 2 classes
- you have to hand in the assignments and the final seminar paper
- you have to present the draft of your seminar paper



David Arnold, Famine. Social Crisis and Historical Change. Blackwell, 1988.

Mike Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts. El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World. Verso, 2001.

Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen, The Political Economy of Hunger. Volume 1: Entitlement and Well-Being. Clarendon Press, 1990.

Amitav Ghosh, The Great Derangement. Climate Change and the Unthinkable. The University of Chicago Press, 2016.

Tirthankar Roy, Natural Disasters and Indian History. Oxford University Press, 2012.

Laura Spinney, Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World. Public Affairs, 2017.

Michael Zehetner, Epidemics, Empire, and Environments. Cholera in Madras and Quebec City, 1818–1910. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis


Letzte Änderung: Mi 03.03.2021 14:48