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140565 SE T IV - VM4 - VM7 - Reconsidering Home (engl.) (2013S)

Continuous assessment of course work

Weitere Blocktermine außerhalb der Uni-Räumlichkeiten:
Block II: Sa. 13. April (10-16h)
Block III: Fr. 17. Mai (10-16h)
Block IV: Sa. 18. Mai (10-16h)


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

Friday 15.03. 12:30 - 15:00 Seminarraum SG1 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Friday 12.04. 11:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum SG1 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1


Aims, contents and method of the course

Home is and has been an instrumental site for the formation of ideological, socioeconomic, legal and political structures and relations (including diaspora/homelands, colonial empires and modern nation(alism)s); and, at the same time, it functions as an important space for developing strategies and modes of survival, for movement and community building, for support networks etc.-- even in the most adverse situations. Situated between contention and empowerment, home is a subject where far-reaching structures of power and self-conception can also be linked to agency and resistance in everyday lived practices.

Three strands of debate provide the points of departure in this seminar on reconsidering home: origins (beginnings), identity and community (belongings), and sociopolitical and spatial practices (becomings).

The course readings entail texts from various fields including spatial theory, geography, postcolonial critique, diaspora studies, literary studies, psychoanalysis, queer theory, and transnational feminist studies.

Assessment and permitted materials

Attendance and full participation in class, group work and completion of the written assignments, final seminar paper.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The goal of this course is for the participants to become more familiar with the notion of home and to gain a deeper understanding of its significance in scholarly research today. Using home as an exemplary case, this seminar offers ample opportunities to assess the complexities of concepts crucial to many fields, to formulate research questions that address multiple dimensions while remaining focused on the issue at hand, and to become familiar with working with transdisciplinary research methods.

Examination topics

Course readings, preparation of class activities, participation in class discussions and excursions, written assignments.

Reading list

Reader "Reconsidering Home" is available at the bookstore Facultas am Campus

Association in the course directory

T IV, VM4, VM7; MA Globalgeschichte und Global Studies: Vertiefung 2

Last modified: Mo 07.09.2020 15:35