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240017 VS Tracing Citizenship (3.2.1) (2019W)

Researching Organisations and Practices in the context of European Asylum Systems

Continuous assessment of course work

Participation at first session is obligatory!


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


max. 40 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 10.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Thursday 24.10. 09:45 - 13:00 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Thursday 31.10. 09:45 - 13:00 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Wednesday 20.11. 09:45 - 13:00 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Thursday 28.11. 09:45 - 13:00 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Thursday 12.12. 09:45 - 13:00 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Thursday 16.01. 09:45 - 13:00 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Thursday 23.01. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

In the context of the tightening control of legal entry into the European Union, national asylum systems have become important means for states to ‘manage’ incoming migration fluxes.
This ‘management’, or governance, involves a large variety of different organisations and institutional actors, which operate within evolving legal frameworks. Their staff members, people classified as asylum-seekers or refugees and increasingly volunteers all engage with practices, which (also) relate to notions of citizenship and the state.
Students will conceptualize and pilot their own research projects on an organisation or project in the field of asylum and migration. Through that, they will familiarize themselves with practices in the field and the respective theoretical debates in anthropological literature.

This seminar offers students the opportunity to acquire and improve their writing skills in English, which is central for anthropologists, who increasingly have to navigate an international academic field, that often depends on English as its lingua franca.

Assessment and permitted materials

The seminar will involve lecture elements, class discussions and specific take-home assignments as course work students have to work on during the semester in order to prepare their final papers. Students have to attend class regularly (course attendance of at least 75% of all sessions).
The deadline for the term papers is 1 March 2020.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

participation (30%), take-home assignments (30%) and final paper (40%).

The lecturer can invite students to a grade-relevant discussion about partial achievements. Partial achievements that are obtained by fraud or plagiarized result in the non-evaluation of the course (entry 'X' in certificate). From winter term 2019/20 the plagiarism software 'Turnitin' will be used for courses with continuous assessment.

Examination topics

Presentation, written papers, engagement in discussions

Reading list

Bryan, Catherine. 2018. “‘Wait, and While You Wait, Work’: On the Reproduction of Precarious Labor in Liminal Spaces.” In Migration, Temporality, and Capitalism. Entangled Mobilities across Global Spaces, edited by Pauline Gardiner Barber and Winnie Lem, eBook, 123–40. Palgrave.
Çağlar, Ayşe. 2015. “Citizenship, Anthropology Of.” In International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, edited by James D. Wright, 2nd editio, 22:637–42. Oxford. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1474-8177(08)00021-1.
Dahlvik, Julia. 2018. Inside Asylum Bureaucracy: Organizing Refugee Status Determination in Austria. Cham: Springer.
Findlay, Allan, Nicholas Fyfe, and Emma Stewart. 2007. “Changing Places: Voluntary Sector Work with Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Core and Peripheral Regions of the UK.” International Journal on Multicultural Societies 9 (1): 57–74. http://web.a.ebscohost.com.uaccess.univie.ac.at/ehost/detail/detail?vid=4&sid=c101b56e-7066-4d6e-afab-42527b3e9e0c%40sessionmgr4008&hid=4204&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3D%3D#AN=28441882&db=sih.
Genova, Nicholas De. 2016. “The European Question. Migration, Race, and Postcoloniality in Europe.” Social Text 34 (3): 75–102. https://doi.org/10.1215/01642472-3607588.
Hansen, Peo, and Sandy Brian Hager. 2010. The Politics of European Citizenship: Deepening Contradictions in Social Rights and Migration Policy. New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books.
Heyman, Josiah. 1995. “Putting Power in the Anthropology of Bureaucracy: The Immigration and Naturalization Service at the Mexico-United States Border.” Current Anthropology 36 (2): 261–87. https://doi.org/10.1086/204354.
Isin, Engin, and Michael Saward. 2013. Enacting European Citizenship. Edited by Engin Isin and Michael Saward. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Long, Katy. 2013. “When Refugees Stopped Being Migrants: Movement, Labour and Humanitarian Protection.” Migration Studies 1 (1): 4–26. https://doi.org/10.1093/migration/mns001.
Pascucci, Elisa. 2018. “Who Welcomes? The Geographies of Refugee Aid as Care Work-Commentary to Gill.” Fennia 196 (2): 236–38. https://doi.org/10.11143/fennia.76588.

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