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240532 SE Politics of diversity in contemporary Europe (P4) (2021S)

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. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

The course will start digital. If the Covid regulations allow it, it will change to on-site or hybrid.
Information about the lecture rooms will then follow in time.

Montag 03.05. 13:15 - 18:15 Digital
Dienstag 04.05. 13:15 - 18:15 Digital
Mittwoch 05.05. 13:15 - 18:15 Digital
Donnerstag 06.05. 13:15 - 18:15 Digital
Freitag 07.05. 13:15 - 18:15 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Is multiculturalism dead? Due to a rise of nationalist and anti-immigrant discourses and activism across Europe, numerous commentators talk about the “crisis” or “end” of the multicultural Europe. However, a closer scrutiny of the idea of “multicultural Europe” reveals how misleading the narrative on “crisis” is and makes evident the long-term challenges to the multicultural project, as well as the problems inherent to the multicultural politics.

In this course, we will use an anthropological lens—and that of kindred social sciences—to explore how states and citizens debate and act upon diversity. Our block seminar will be organized around five interrelated themes 1) race and ethnicity 2) religions and secularism 3) heritage and tradition 4) migration and class 5) Europe in a global context.

The participants of the course will be expected:
1) to prepare for the class by reading (before the course begins) MINIMUM three of out five assigned monographs (each corresponding with one of the themes)
2) to conduct a group project (a part of final assessment)
3) to actively participate in discussions
4) to write a final paper and/or extended book review

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

1) (Active) participation in the class - 40%
2) Group project - 30%
3) Final paper - 30%

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Students should have basic knowledge of anthropological concepts and methods.


Students will be expected to:
- book review
- prepare a group (written/visual) project


Obligatory readings - 3 of out 5 monographs listed here:
* Rogozen-Soltar, Mikaela. 2017. Spain Unmoored: Migration, Conversion, and the Politics of Islam.
* Özyürek, Esra. 2014. Being German, Becoming Muslim.
* Arkin, Kimberly A. 2014. Rhinestones, Religion, and the Republic : : Fashioning Jewishness in France. Stanford, California :: Stanford UP.
* Krause, Elizabeth. Tight Knit: Global Families and the Social Life of Fast Fashion.
* Azra Hromadžić. 2015. Citizens of an Empty Nation.
Youth and State-Making in Postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina

Other readings:
* Pasieka, Agnieszka. 2015. Hierarchy and Pluralism. Living Religious Difference in Catholic Poland.
* Tuckett, Anna. 2018. Rules, Paper, Status: Migrants and Precarious Bureaucracy in Contemporary Italy.
* Wikan, Unni. 2001. Generous Betrayal. Politics of Culture in the New Europe.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Do 10.06.2021 16:09