Universität Wien FIND

140219 PS EU-Africa Politics: Postcolonial Collaborations and Negotiations (2019W)

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max. 25 participants
Language: German

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Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

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Tuesday 08.10. 11:00 - 13:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 2 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-06
Tuesday 15.10. 11:00 - 13:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 2 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-06
Tuesday 22.10. 11:00 - 13:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 2 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-06
Tuesday 29.10. 11:00 - 13:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 2 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-06
Tuesday 05.11. 11:00 - 13:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 2 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-06
Tuesday 12.11. 11:00 - 13:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 2 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-06
Tuesday 26.11. 11:00 - 13:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 2 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-06
Tuesday 03.12. 11:00 - 13:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 2 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-06
Tuesday 10.12. 11:00 - 13:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 2 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-06
Tuesday 17.12. 11:00 - 13:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 2 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-06
Tuesday 07.01. 11:00 - 13:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 2 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-06
Tuesday 14.01. 11:00 - 13:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 2 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-06
Tuesday 21.01. 11:00 - 13:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 2 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-06
Tuesday 28.01. 11:00 - 13:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 2 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-06

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Aims, contents and method of the course

In this pro-seminar, we engage with EU-Africa-Politics, which include free trade agreements in form of EPAs (Economic Partnership Agreements), security cooperation such as SSRs (Security Sector Reform) or education programs. Since the “summer of migration” 2015, EU (development) politics have increasingly focused on African countries; 2017 was EU's "Africa Year". In this regard, an increased focus on “migration control” can be observed: Development-, trade as well as security policies target the control of migration between the African continent and the EU as well as between African countries. In doing so, they reinforce colonial borders dating back to the 19th century.

Against this backdrop, in this course we focus on EU-Africa-Politics and postcolonial power constellations. In the first part, the relation between the EU and ACP-countries (African, Caribbean and Pacific group of states) is discussed with regard to colonialism. On the basis of primary and secondary literature, we engage with perspectives that frame EU-Africa-Politics as “neo-colonial” (Nkrumah 1965; Langan 2018) or as “centre- periphery”- related (Rodney 1982).
The second part focuses on the broad spectrum of EU-Africa-Politics. On the basis of discussions of required reading and short presentations of extra reading on the part of students we discuss the institutional setting (Cotonou agreement, Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES)) as well as cooperation such as trade agreements, migration cooperation or security policies. A guiding question consists in how notions of “partnership”, “ownership” or “dialogue” represent new (old) notions of “development” and how they negotiate power relations between the EU and African countries. EU-Africa-Politics shall not only be discussed with regard to collobarations between the actors involved; negotiations also imply the question of how politics are implemented and whether they are contested from the side of African actors, from the Agenda 2063 of the African Union to activist networks like afrique-europe-interact (vgl. https://afrique-europe-interact.net/).
In the third part, students present the concept of their pro-seminar paper. The paper shall contain a freely chosen topic in line with the pro-seminar. The presented concepts present the basis of the final assignment in form of a pro-seminar paper. During the course, students shall practice to choose a topic, formulate a research question and discuss it in form of a written assignment.

Assessment and permitted materials

1) Attendance and participation in class (max. 3 missing entities): 15%
2) 3 home assignments (discussion of questions with regard to the required reading; around 1 page) as well as short discussion of an extra reading: 20%
3) Presentation of the concept of the planned pro-seminar paper incl. literature overview in class: 20%
4) Submit a paper to a topic related to the pro-seminar (10 pages, excluding bibliography; Date of submission March 31st, 2020)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

All four requirements must be fulfilled in order to complete the course.

Examination topics

The pro-seminar paper must deal with a topic within the field of EU-Africa-Politics.

Reading list

Preliminary literature:

Bialasiewicz, Luiza (2012): Off-shoring and Out-sourcing the Borders of Europe: Libya and EU Border Work in the Mediterranean. In: Geopolitics 17(4): 843-866.

Carbone M (Hg., 2013), The European Union in Africa: Incoherent Policies, Asymmetrical Partnership, Declining Relevance? Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Gegout, Catherine (2017): Why Europe Intervenes in Africa: Security, Prestige and the Legacy of Colonialism. London: Hurst and Company.

Hurt, Stephen R. (2003): Cooperation or Coercion? The Cotonou Agreement between the European Union and ACP States and the End of the Lomé Convention. In: Thirld World Quarterly 24(1): 161-176.

Jakob, Christian/Schlindwein, Simone (2017): Diktatoren als Türsteher Europas. Wie die EU ihre Grenzen nach Afrika verlagert. Berlin: Ch. Links Verlag.

Kwa, Aileen/Lunenborg, Peter/Musonge, Wase (2014): African, Carribbean and Pacific countries’ position on Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). Brussels: European Union.

Langan, Mark (2018): Neo-Colonialism and the Poverty of ’Development’ in Africa. Series Contemporary African Political Economy. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Nkrumah, Kwame (1965): Neo-Colonialism, the Last Stage of Imperialism. URL: https://www.marxists.org/subject/africa/nkrumah/neo-colonialism/introduction.htm [02.08.2019].

Soko, Mills/Qobo, Mzukisi (2017): Economic, trade and development relations between South Africa and the European Union: The end of a strategic partnership? A South African perspective. In: South African Journal of International Affairs 24(2): 137-157.

Oloruntoba SO, Regionalism and Integration in Africa: EU–ACP Economic Partnership Agreements and Euro-Nigeria Relations. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Van Wyk, Jo-Ansie (2018) Sanctions and summits: Sanctioned African leaders and EU–Africa summits. In: South African Journal of International Affairs 25(4): 497-515.

Wiedenhoff, Andreas/Woltran, Markus (2012): Österreichs Beitrag zur europäischen Afrikapolitik. In: Strategie und Sicherheit, Band 2012, Heft 1: 409–420.

Association in the course directory

PAG 1, PAG 2

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