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240519 SE Identity Sell Out? (P4) (2019W)

Ambivalent and Counter-Intuitive Readings of Cultural Villages and Cultural Museums in Africa and Beyond

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Participation at first session is obligatory!



max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Dienstag 15.10. 15:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Montag 16.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Donnerstag 16.01. 09:45 - 16:30 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Freitag 17.01. 11:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Ecotourism promises performances of ancient cultures in close encounters with primordial "Wild Africa". Indigenous cultures are currently as much on sale as trademarked wilderness reserves. This phenomenon has come under a growing critique pertaining to its "neoliberal commodification". The Seminar aims to debate the critical literature on Ethnicity Inc. with a special focus on inhabitants of African borderlands. Their potential empowerment provides the background for empirical studies. One of the most important concerns is clearly the inclusion and adequate participation of local communities and indigenous peoples. The Seminar seeks to explore novel forms of inclusive conservation in (trans-)frontier zones. It questions sustainable development and environmental protection in parallel, with a vision that they may not necessarily fucntion as "natural enemies".
Against commonsensical readings of the Seminar seeks to revive open-ended positions of counterintuition. This may be framed as a key quality of social science, which somewhat sank into oblivion. At least in relation to research on the "neoliberal sellout" of nature and culture. Commonsensical readings of Ethnicity Inc. encouters have been interpreted as exploitative, unsustainable and even racist i.e. "bewildering". The Seminar, in contrast, explores, if such blanket judgements often tend to miss the (stand-) point of local communities in African borderlands. Thus, the papers and presented films focus on their voices and reflections on the sale of nature and culture in so-called ecotourism and ethno-tourism.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

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

Aufgrund COVID-19 wurde der Abgabetermin auf 30.06.2020 verschoben.
Last date to upload your final paper 30 June 2020

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


Comaroff, John L./ Comaroff, Jean (2009): Ethnicity, Inc. Chicago/ London: University of Chicago Press.

Ritterband, Salomé (2018): Tracking Indigenous Heritage. Ju/’hoansi San Learning, Interpreting, and Staging Tradition for a Sustainable Future in Cultural Tourism in the Tsumkwe District of Namibia. Berlin/ Vienna: LIT.
Erwin Schweitzer: The Making of Griqua, Inc. Indigenous Struggles for Land and Autonomy in South Africa. Berlin and Vienna: LIT.

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

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:21