Universität Wien FIND

240508 VO Theorizing locality in Anthropology (P2) (2021S)


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Language: English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The course will start digital. If the Covid regulations allow it, it will change to on-site or hybrid.
Information about the lecture rooms will then follow in time.

Friday 26.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Friday 23.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Friday 30.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Friday 07.05. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 21.05. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 28.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Friday 11.06. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 18.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The local and its constitution have always been key aspects of Anthropological research. The aim to gasp what happens in specific localities has characterized the methodological identity of the discipline, at least since Malinowski. At the same time debates about the local and of its embedment into broader contexts have marked much of the disciplines theoretical development. The work of the Manchester School, Eric Woolf, or Levi-Strauss can stand as examples, as well as writings of Appadurai. The lecture re-introduces central texts of the discipline’s history in explicitly engaging with the entailed understandings of locality. On this basis, the lecture will present contemporary debates that are re-discussing locality in the fields of migration studies, digital anthropology, urban anthropology, etc. It is the aim to focus on locality as a longstanding but highly topical theoretical and methodological challenge in Anthropological research.
The class will be hold in English.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written exam at the end of the semester. The exam will be held as a digital written exam with an exam sheet (with turnitin) in open-book format. Permitted aids are the learning materials provided on Moodle as well as other thematically relevant literature. However, the exam questions must be answered individually and independently.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

For a positive grade, 51 % is required
90-100 %= 1
77-89 %= 2
64-76 %= 3
51-63 %= 4
0-50 % = 5

Written exams will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
-language and style (spelling and grammar)
-demonstration of a thorough understanding of the readings discussed in class
-selection of the literature (choice of relevant readings, accuracy of the citations and arguments)
-clarity of arguments
-critical thinking and originality

Examination topics

Content of the lecture series and compulsory literature.

All lectures will also be supported by slides. The slides and supporting exam preparation materials will be accessible via Moodle and will form the basis for the exam.

In addition, the following texts of the compulsory literature are part of the examination material:

Wolf, Eric R. (1982). Europe and the people without history, Berkeley, California: University of California Press. Introduction to Part One: Connections.

Glick Schiller, N. and Caglar, A. (2011). Locality and Globality: A comparative analytical framework in migration and urban studies. In: Glick Schiller, N. and A. Caglar (Eds.) Locating Migration: Rescaling Cities and Migrants. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 60-81.

Pink, H., H. Horst, J. Postill, L. Hiorth, et al. (2016). Researching Localities In: Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practice, Sage: 123-145

Mezzadra, S.and Neilson, B. (2013). The Proliferation of Borders. In: Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor. Duke University Press: 1-26.

Wacquant, L. (2007). “Territorial Stigmatization in the Age of Advanced Marginality.” Thesis Eleven 91 (November): 66-77.

Ferraris, F. (2014). Temporal Fragmentation. Cambodian Tales. In: Salazar, N. B. and Graburn, N. H. (Eds.). (2014). Tourism imaginaries: Anthropological approaches, New York, Berghahn: 172-193.

Reading list

The complete reading list (compulsory and further reading) will be provided in the first session and on Moodle.

Selected Reading:

Anderson, Benedict (1991[1983]). Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London, Verso. Kapitel 1-3: 1-46.

Appadurai, Arjun (1996). Global Flows: Disjuncture and Difference. In: Modernity at large. Cultural Dimensions of Globaliszation. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota: 27-47.

Clarke, J. (2014). “Conjunctures, crises, and cultures: valuing Stuart Hall.” Focaal 2014(70): 113-122.

Gille, Z. (2001). “Critical ethnography in the time of globalization: Toward a new concept of site. Cultural Studies?” Critical Methodologies 1(3): 319-334.

Glick Schiller, N. and A. Çağlar (2009). “Towards a comparative theory of locality in migration studies: Migrant incorporation and city scale.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 35(2): 177-202.

Lévi-Strauss, C. (1961). The Bororo (Chapter 6). In: Tristes Tropiques. Criterion Booksp: 183-235.

Miller, D. and J. Sinanan (2014). The sense of Place - Destabilizing the Home. In: Webcam.
John Wiley & Sons, 83-109.

Postill, J. (2008). “Localizing the internet beyond communities and networks.” New Media & Society 10(3): 413-431.

Said, E. W. (2000). “Invention, memory, and place.” Critical inquiry 26(2): 175-192.

Wolf, Eric R. (1982). Europe and the people without history, Berkeley, California: University of California Press. Introduction to Part One: Connections.

Association in the course directory

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