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240019 VS Anthropology of Conservation: Empirical Examples from Africa (3.2.1) (2019W)

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Participation at first session is obligatory!


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


max. 40 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Montag 14.10. 15:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Montag 21.10. 15:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Dienstag 17.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Donnerstag 23.01. 13:15 - 18:15 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Freitag 24.01. 11:30 - 18:15 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The myth of "Wild Africa" is very much kept alive in the tourism industry and its various media of promotion. Major African airports greet their arrivals with huge billboards of lions, leopards, gorillas, elephants, or … indigenous peoples. Yet, species extinction is happening at unprecedented scale. Against the backdrop of ongoing forced evictions of local communities from national parks and game reserves. "Wilderness" and "ancient cultures" are nevertheless marketed in parallel. Rarely for their own benefit. Recently, some of those represented as authentic "Bushmen, Himbas or Zulus" took ownership of their representation and turned to entrepreneurship. Self-designed cultural villages and living museums aim to exploit the global longing for "Wild Africa". The actors’ perspectives on conservation and economic empowerment provide a starting point to probe into new emerging forms of community-centred, self-determined conservation. The Seminar takes a close look on the sale of nature and culture in the realm of ecotourism and ethno-tourism. It aims to make a contribution for increased awareness towards an emerging anthropology of conservation. The lecture part will present documentary films produced by the organiser and international filmmakers. The seminar part opens for a debate of recent developments in the field.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Active Participation in discussions and Seminar-Paper of 12 pages including literature.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Physical Presence in classes, active participation 30 %
Paper 70 %

Both need to be within ratings 1-4

The lecturer can invite students to a grade-relevant discussion about partial achievements. Partial achievements that are obtained by fraud or plagiarized result in the non-evaluation of the course (entry 'X' in certificate). From winter term 2019/20 the plagiarism software 'Turnitin' will be used for courses with continuous assessment.


Content of Seminar


Werner Zips and Manuela Zips-Mairitsch (eds.): Bewildering Borders. The Economy of Conservation in Africa (Lit 2019)
And literature cited in this volume

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:21