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240067 VO+UE VM5 / VM4 - The Non-Aligned Movement and its Actors: A Bottom-up Perspective (2021S)

Continuous assessment of course work


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

The course will start on-line and switch to on-site teaching as soon as the Covid rules allow it.

  • Wednesday 10.03. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
  • Wednesday 17.03. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
  • Wednesday 24.03. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
  • Wednesday 14.04. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
  • Wednesday 21.04. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
  • Wednesday 28.04. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
  • Wednesday 05.05. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
  • Wednesday 12.05. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
  • Wednesday 19.05. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
  • Wednesday 26.05. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
  • Wednesday 02.06. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
    Seminarraum SG2 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
  • Wednesday 09.06. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
    Seminarraum SG2 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
  • Wednesday 16.06. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
    Seminarraum SG2 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
  • Wednesday 23.06. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
    Seminarraum SG2 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
  • Wednesday 30.06. 12:15 - 13:45 Digital
    Seminarraum SG2 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1


Aims, contents and method of the course

A wave of recent studies insists on decoupling globalization from the most developed capitalist economies and their interaction with the developing countries. These works shed light on alternative spaces of globalization during the Cold War by focusing on postcolonial and socialist development cooperation. The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) provides a concrete political and institutional framework in which one can trace various examples of political, economic, military and cultural exchange between the countries of the Global South, as well as co-operation between the “Second” and “Third World”. This course adopts a “bottom up” view of the South-South and East-South exchanges by focusing on the human agency or the chief protagonists of these processes.

Instead of the “usual suspects”, such as Western diplomats and transnational corporations, the curriculum will look at the formerly neglected agency of groups like communist technocrats, acivists of national liberation movements, exchange students, engineers and workers in training programs, military staff or even terrorist networks. The idea is to encourage students to think about the impact of “other globalizers” and engage in critical discussion about the 20th Century globalization and attempts to establish alliances inside the “developing world”. In order to do that the course will present examples of specific on-site collaborations in different NAM member states which aimed to spark transfers of knowledge and modernization experiments beyond “Eastern” and “Western” approaches, usually arguing for uniqueness grounded in anti-colonial liberation narratives.

Besides the general theoretical insights of development studies and the framework of development history, this course will also rely on the literature stemming from global labor history and critical race studies in order to capture the agency of different actors on the ground and account for the cultural aspects of alternative development efforts.

Assessment and permitted materials

The grade is going to be based on regular contribution in class (25%), written assignments (25%), in-class presentation (25%) as well as the final paper (12-15 pages) (25%).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students are expected to come to class regularly (only two missed classes are allowed) and to engage in continuous work throughout the semester with weekly reading and writing assignments, as well as one in-class presentation. All assignments have to be submitted through the Moodle-platform.

Examination topics

The final exam will be a student essay writen on one of the topics covered in class and chosen in agreement with the lecturer.

Reading list

-Vijay Prashad, The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World (New York: The New Press, 2008).
-Mustapha Kamal Pasha, “The ‘Bandung Impulse’ and International Relations”, in Sanjay Seth (ed.), Postcolonial Theory and International Relations, A Critical Introduction (London: Routledge, 2013), pp. 144-166.
-Natasa Miskovic, Harald Fischer-Tiné, Nada Boskovska, The Non-Aligned Movement and the Cold War. Delhi - Bandung – Belgrade, (London: Routledge, 2014).
-Ljubica Spasovska, “Building a better world? Construction, labour mobility and the pursuit of collective self-reliance in the ‘global South’, 1950–1990”, Labor History, 59:3 (2018), pp. 331-351.
-Vučetić, R., & Betts, P. 2017. Tito in Africa: Picturing Solidarity. Muzej Jugoslavije
-Baker, C. 2018. Race and the Yugoslav Region: Postsocialist, Post-Conflict, Postcolonial? Manchester UP.
-Mark, J., et al. 2020. Alternative globalizations. Eastern Europe and the postcolonial world. Indiana University Press.

Association in the course directory

VM5; VM4

Last modified: Fr 12.05.2023 00:20