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070191 SE Research Seminar (2015S)

Hotbed of Revolutions: The larger Caribbean and global anti-imperialism in the 20th century

10.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Continuous assessment of course work

The breakdown of the great European empires and the process of decolonization are one of the central axes of 20th century history. What impact did the larger Caribbean, the Caribbean itself, Central America, Mexico, and the adjoining South of the USA have on this process?


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The seminar will be held in three blocks, most of your work will be done independently between our sessions, with mainly Prof. Molden available for interim feedback and advice.

Friday, 20 March 2015, 2 pm to 6 pm:Introduction to the subject, assignment of research topics
Friday, 8 May 2015, 2 pm to 6 pm: Interim reports, Q & A on methodology, debate
Friday, 22 May 2015, 2 pm to 8 pm: Presentations and discussion
Sunday, 20 June 2015: Papers due per email, no class meeting

Friday 20.03. 14:15 - 20:15 Seminarraum Geschichte 2 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Friday 08.05. 14:15 - 20:15 Seminarraum Geschichte 2 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Friday 22.05. 14:15 - 20:15 Seminarraum Geschichte 2 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9


Aims, contents and method of the course

While the larger part of Latin America decolonized in the early 19th century, with Haiti leading the way as the only country ever to be founded by a successful slave revolution, the colonized regions of Asia and Africa mostly went through this process after the Second World War. And yet, there are various connections and mutual influences between the three continents. The Mexican Revolution constituted an important reference for revolutionary processes around the world, and even more so did the Cuban Revolution. In 1966, the Tricontinental Conference was held in Havana: 150 years after most of Latin America & Caribbeans's independence, different forces of this continent joined the struggles of Asia and Africa: Vietnam, Algeria, Zaire, Angola, to name but some of them. This exchange created significant political and intellectual networks in the Global South.
Our seminar will focus on the contributions of the larger Caribbean region to this process: contributions that originated from social and revolutionary movements in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean itself. We will also look into the ideological transfers between different anticolonial actors: the Non Aligned Movement, Tricontinentalism, and the diffusion of Cuban guerilla strategies in Africa, Europe, and the USA.

Assessment and permitted materials

Student's task will be to write a research paper on a specific issue related to this overall subject. We will provide some primary documents and first hints to the search for others that might be available online, as well as an extensive selection of academic literature. Your paper will either present primary research on some of these sources; or -- given the fact that there are few to no relevant collections on the topic available in Vienna -- a profound analysis of the current state of research.

Required Class Work and Grading Policy
Class participation (presentation) 1/3
Research paper 2/3

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The course aims at conveying an overview of the global history of anticolonialism and at training stundent's in two aspects of historical research: the interpretation of historical sources and the analysis of secondary literature.

Examination topics

Academic integrity is fundamental to the process of learning and evaluating academic performance. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following: cheating, plagiarism, tempering with academic records and examinations, falsifying identity, and being accessory to acts of academic dishonesty. Please, refer to the code of conduct of the School of Philological and Cultural Studies: http://phil-kult.univie.ac.at/code-of-conduct/

Reading list

Fernando Coronil, Elephants in the Americas? Latin American Postcolonial Studies and Global Decolonization, in: Mabel Moraña, Enrique Dussel, and Carlos A. Jáuregi (eds.). Coloniality at Large. Latin America and the Postcolonial Debate, Durham and London: Duke UP 2008, 396-416
Vijay Prashad, The Darker Nations. A People's History of the Third World, New York: New Press 2007
Robert Young, Postcolonialism. An Historical Introduction, Malden: Blackwell 2001

Association in the course directory

MA Globalgeschichte und Global Studies: Forschungsseminar 10 ECTS, MA Geschichte NEU: Forschungsseminar zu Globalgschichte (10 ECTS)

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