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070340 KU Free and Unfree Labour (2019S)

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

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Instead of three regular Monday sessions (3x 90 minutes), the participants of this master class participate in at least 3x 90 minutes of the following program:
- 2 April, 6-8pm: public evening lecture by Cláudio Costa Pinheiro,
- 4 April, 10-12am, 2-7pm: a one-day workshop with Cláudio Costa Pinheiro.

Monday 11.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum WISO 1 (ZG1O2.28) Hauptgebäude, Stiege 6 Zwischengeschoß
Monday 18.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum WISO 1 (ZG1O2.28) Hauptgebäude, Stiege 6 Zwischengeschoß
Monday 25.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum WISO 1 (ZG1O2.28) Hauptgebäude, Stiege 6 Zwischengeschoß
Monday 01.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum WISO 1 (ZG1O2.28) Hauptgebäude, Stiege 6 Zwischengeschoß
Thursday 04.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Elise Richter-Saal Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 1
Monday 08.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum WISO 1 (ZG1O2.28) Hauptgebäude, Stiege 6 Zwischengeschoß
Monday 29.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum WISO 1 (ZG1O2.28) Hauptgebäude, Stiege 6 Zwischengeschoß
Monday 13.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum WISO 1 (ZG1O2.28) Hauptgebäude, Stiege 6 Zwischengeschoß
Monday 20.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum WISO 1 (ZG1O2.28) Hauptgebäude, Stiege 6 Zwischengeschoß
Monday 27.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum WISO 1 (ZG1O2.28) Hauptgebäude, Stiege 6 Zwischengeschoß
Monday 03.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum WISO 1 (ZG1O2.28) Hauptgebäude, Stiege 6 Zwischengeschoß

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Aims, contents and method of the course

In the past twenty years, the foundational narratives of the modern West have been challenged in many ways. One key aspect of the making of the modern West was the rise of the conceptual pair “freedom” vs. “slavery”. French revolutionists and philosophers of the Enlightenment proclaimed “freedom” to be one of the most important universal values of mankind, while using “slavery” as an episteme to condemn all sorts of unjust power relations. Up to today, “slavery” is often associated with pre-modern societies, authoritarian rule, and economic backwardness, while “freedom” is linked to modern democracies and capitalist societies. And for a long period of time, “slavery” used to bring to mind primarily the successful abolition of the transatlantic form of slavery by the modern West, with its conceptual basis in Roman law and the Christian tradition, which was regarded as the “theoretical subject” (D. Chakrabarty), the master narrative of all histories of slavery. As a consequence, the transatlantic slave trade as well as the Greco-Roman idea of slavery as an institution have traditionally been both conceptually and quantitatively predominant within research on asymmetrical dependencies.

In this master class, we will challenge this master model of all histories of slavery by practicing and using working techniques of global history. We will study the diversity of slaveries and slaving practices in a trans-epochal and trans-regional perspective, and discuss methodological approaches (comparative history, entangled histories, histoire croisee) to reconceptualise the history of slavery across history. The participants of this master class will participate in an evening lecture (2 April, 6-8pm), and a one-day workshop (4 April, 10-12am, 2-6pm) with Cláudio Costa Pinheiro and other slavery historians.

The class will be held in English.

Assessment and permitted materials

Besides regular attendance and active cooperation, the participants of this master class will participate in scientific discussions by preparing questions and comments and writing reports.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Besides regular attendance and active cooperation, the participants of this master class will participate in scientific discussions by preparing questions and comments and writing reports.

Examination topics

Reading list

- Buck-Morss, S. 2000. Hegel and Haiti. Critical Inquiry 26(4), 821–865.
- Miller, J.C. 2012. The Problem of Slavery as History. A Global Approach. New Haven/London: Yale University Press.
- Patterson, O. 1982. Slavery and Social Death. A Comparative Study. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Association in the course directory

MA Globalgeschichte: Grundlagen der Globalgeschichte (3 ECTS).

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