Universität Wien FIND

240515 SE Anthropology of Remoteness (P4) (2021W)

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Participation at first session is obligatory!

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). The plagiarism software 'Turnitin' will be used for courses with continuous assessment.


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


max. 20 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Update 12.01.2022: Due to the current situation the course will be held digital until the end of the semester.
If possible, the course is to be conducted in presence. Due to the respective applicable distance regulations and other measures, adjustments may be made.

Montag 11.10. 11:30 - 14:45 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Montag 25.10. 11:30 - 14:45 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Montag 08.11. 11:30 - 14:45 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Montag 13.12. 11:30 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 10.01. 11:30 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 24.01. 11:30 - 14:45 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The main goal of the course is to introduce students to anthropological engagements with spatial and social remoteness. In anthropology, the concept of remoteness has various social implications, ranging from core-periphery relations to marginality to political autonomy (such as 'Zomia' as used by James Scott). Topics such as connectivity/disconnectedness, distance from the centers of power, commerce, and services, emptiness, and the concept of frontier, as well as social, cultural and political alternative spaces will be discussed. They should provide a corrective to the recent anthropological focus on the urban and non-rural areas by drawing on ethnographic cases studies from sparsely populated, hardly accessible and geographically extreme regions of the world (the Arctic and circumpolar North among them). In addition to anthropological publications, we will review contributions by geography as a discipline focused on the spatial dimensions of human existence, demography and development studies, as well as by rural studies and other disciplines relevant for discussing social marginality and the center/periphery dichotomy. The course will have seminar character, meaning that student input and feedback will be central.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

A mandatory seminar paper will count for 50% (which equal 50 points) of the grade. The rest of the grade will be determined by short oral presentations and written handouts, as well as by course participation.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

In order to receive a passing grade, you need at least 60 points. A 'sehr gut' requires at least 90 out of 100 points (a 'gut' at least 80 points, etc.). Attendance is required throughout the semester.
90-100 points = sehr gut (1)
80-89 points = gut (2)
70-79 points = befriedigend (3)
60-69 points = genügend (4)
less than 60 points = nicht genügend (5)


There will be no exams.


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Letzte Änderung: Fr 12.05.2023 00:21