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240116 SE VM5 / VM2 - Eating People is Wrong (2021S)

On the Nature and Causes of Famines in the 19th and 20th Centuries

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 serve).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N


Given the current situation, it's most likely that the seminar will be held digital for the largest part of the semester. If we're lucky, we can meet non-digitally, i.e. in the classroom, later in the semester. But I will discuss this with you in the coming weeks. If you have difficulties attending the class in person, let me know...

Friday 05.03. 08:00 - 11:15 Digital
Friday 26.03. 08:00 - 11:15 Digital
Friday 23.04. 08:00 - 11:15 Digital
Friday 07.05. 08:00 - 11:15 Digital
Seminarraum 6, Kolingasse 14-16, EG00
Friday 21.05. 08:00 - 11:15 Digital
Seminarraum 6, Kolingasse 14-16, EG00
Friday 04.06. 08:00 - 11:15 Digital
Seminarraum 6, Kolingasse 14-16, EG00
Friday 18.06. 08:00 - 11:15 Digital
Seminarraum 6, Kolingasse 14-16, EG00


Aims, contents and method of the course

The title of this seminar is a reference to a recently published collection of essays by Cormac Ó Gráda (2015), who has made numerous important contributions to our understanding of the nature and causes of famines. Famine research has long been a lively academic field and has attracted scholars from numerous disciplines, such as economics, history, development studies, demography, political science or anthropology.
Famines are extremely complex events that are shaped by a large number of factors, both natural and human. To understand what causes those extreme events, we will examine famines globally from ca. 1800 to ca. 2000. For a detailed schedule and the reading list see

Assessment and permitted materials


1) Active participation (10%)
2) Oral Presentation (10%)
3) Three Essays, 2 pages each (15%)
4) Presentation of a draft of the seminar paper (15%)
5) Final Seminar paper, 15 pages (50%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

- you can miss max. 3 classes
- you have to hand in the assignments and the final seminar paper
- you have to present the draft of your seminar paper

Examination topics

Reading list

Association in the course directory

VM5 / VM2

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