Universität Wien FIND

240527 SE "Conservation in African Borderlands" (and its visual representation) (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.

Update 1.10.2021: The first session will be digital. If required, the HS A, NIG 4. Stock is available as study zone for students of the course.

Donnerstag 14.10. 11:30 - 16:30 Digital
Mittwoch 26.01. 09:45 - 18:15 Digital
Freitag 28.01. 09:45 - 18:15 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The main focus will be on local communities’ perspectives on their strategies, participation processes and agency in community-based conservation management, including the marketing of "traditional culture". The seminar will also account for the complex forms of interaction with national and international NGOs claiming to help or assist in this process and state agencies. The main aim is to view the entire spectrum of chances and potential benefits of transfrontier conservation and cultural performances along with some less convenient or even unwanted consequences of 'Ethno-marketing'. Ethnotourism and nature-tourism tend to transform ethnic or indigenous life-ways over time into what may be coined "simulacra of indigeneity". Cultural villages in wilderness areas (or parks promoted as such) offer a "menu" to visitors suggesting possible consumptions of nature and culture with fixed prices. Such items include "Bushmen walks", imitations of former hunting trips, healing dances and even traditional weddings meaning ceremonies modelled on San rituals of manifesting marital bonds for the visiting tourists.

Visual representation shall be discussed and practiced in a decolonizing way, i.e. with a key focus on local views and experiences, thereby following the aim of de-exoticizing so called indigenous cultures from the outsider’s gaze. Empirical examples of the field practice may be used in this regard.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Presentations of theoretical and methodological literature and chapters from "Bewildering Borders", in critical comparison to 3-5 papers on so-called "Neoliberal Conservation".
Active Participation in discussions and Seminar-Paper of 12 pages including literature

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Physical Presence in classes, active participation 30 %
Presentations of literature
Paper 40 % (Deadline 26th February 2022)

Both need to be within ratings 1-4

1 > 85-100 points
2 > 70-84 points
3 > 55-69 points
4 > 40-54 points
5 > 0-39 points



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

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Fr 12.05.2023 00:21