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143242 VO The Chinese Diaspora in Africa: Topics in Sociocultural Linguistics and Beyond (2021W)

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Details

Language: English

Examination dates

Lecturers

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Tuesday 12.10. 13:00 - 15:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 4 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-10
Tuesday 19.10. 13:00 - 15:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 4 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-10
Tuesday 09.11. 13:00 - 15:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 4 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-10
Tuesday 16.11. 13:00 - 15:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 4 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-10
Tuesday 23.11. 13:00 - 15:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 4 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-10
Tuesday 30.11. 13:00 - 15:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 4 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-10
Tuesday 07.12. 13:00 - 15:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 4 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-10
Tuesday 14.12. 13:00 - 15:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 4 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-10
Tuesday 11.01. 13:00 - 15:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 4 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-10
Tuesday 18.01. 13:00 - 15:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 4 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-10

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The Chinese diaspora in Africa has been studied from different perspectives, including the sociopolitical, the socioeconomic, and the sociocultural. This course begins with background analysis of the Chinese presence in Africa, and then focuses on sociocultural linguistics, giving course participants the opportunity to explore, in a different geographical setting, key areas in linguistics, such as contact linguistics/contact grammars, linguistic communities, language and identity, language and communication, and the recent idea of ‘diaspora linguistics’ within which concepts like linguistic repertoires and heritage grammars are salient. The course goes beyond these sociocultural linguistic concepts to explore wider issues about Chinese links to other parts of the world through the formation of diaspora communities and what implications this has for conceptualizing Africa-China studies as area studies within a global context.

Methods:
1. The ideal scenario: Classroom teaching will be in the form of lectures, student presentations, group projects/discussions, visits to Chinese diaspora community settings in Vienna;
2. The Covid-19 scenario: We are also prepared to teach digitally via Moodle, if the pandemic should make this necessary. Class interaction will mostly take place in a discussion forum for each lecture. All course materials and assignments will be uploaded onto Moodle.

Assessment and permitted materials

There are three components of assessment:
o Attendance and active participation in class and online discussions, debates, and exercises: 20%
o Student presentation: 20%
o Final Term paper: 60%

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Effective academic uses of English are required. The term paper will be evaluated on its technical merit and depth, description of the literature, originality and presentation.

Submission:
LENGTH: Between 2000-3000 words
DEADLINE: February 1st 2021
FORMAT OF SUBMISSION: Term papers should be submitted electronically via Moodle to the instructor in PDF format.

Examination topics

Topics for term paper may draw on materials covered in the lecture and assigned readings.

Reading list

Li, Anshan. 2021. China and Africa in the Global Context. ACE Press.

Bodomo, Adams. (2020). Identity packaging in Africa – China cross-cultural communication. In Tembe, Paul and Vusi Gumede (eds) Cultures, Identities, and Ideologies in Africa – China Cooperation. Thabo Mbeki Institute and Africa World Press

Bodomo, A. 2019. Africa-China-Europe relations. Conditions and conditionalities. In: Journal of International Studies 12(4), p. 115-129.

Bodomo, Adams and Dewei Che. 2020. The Globalization of Foreign Investment in Africa: In Comes the Dragon. In Ross Anthony & Uta Rupert (eds.): Reconfiguring Trans-Regionalism in the Global South – African Asian Encounters, pp. 61-77. Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. (International Political Economy Series)

Bodomo, Adams. 2017. The Globalization of Foreign Investment in Africa: The Role of Europe, China and India. Emerld Publishing Limited, UK, 136 pages.

Sun, Irene. 2017. The Next Factory of the World: How Chinese Investment Is Reshaping Africa. Harvard Business Review Press.
Freeman, Carla. 2015. Handbook on China and Developing Countries. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Li, Anshan. 2014. Similarities between Chinese culture and African culture—With reference to what China can learn from Africa. West Asia and Africa, 1, 49-63.

Association in the course directory

SAS/A, SAS/B, EC-647, SAS.VO.1, SAS.VO.2

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