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240518 SE Anthropology of Remoteness (P4) (2019S)

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Participation at first session is obligatory!



max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Montag 11.03. 11:30 - 14:45 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Montag 01.04. 11:30 - 14:45 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Montag 29.04. 11:30 - 14:45 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Montag 13.05. 11:30 - 14:45 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Montag 03.06. 11:30 - 14:45 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Montag 24.06. 11:30 - 14:45 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The main goal of the course is to provide an introduction to an anthropological engagement 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, 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 rural/urban 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.


There will be no exams.


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Behrens, K. et al.
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Berman, Matthew
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Holmes, J.H.
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Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:40