Universität Wien FIND

240523 SE Home, Habitat and Belonging (P4) (2021W)

Continuous assessment of course work

Participation at first session is obligatory!

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). The plagiarism software 'Turnitin' will be used for courses with continuous assessment.


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


max. 20 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

03.09. UPDATE: the course will be held digitally.

Online-Attendance at class hours is required and has to be noted on Moodle.

If you experience technical difficulties with your online participation, please contact ZID-Helpdesk (+43-1-4277-444, helpdesk.zid@univie.ac.at) for support.

If required, the following rooms are available as study zones for students of the course:

MI 13.10.2021 15.00-18.15 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock (Bestätigt)
MI 27.10.2021 15.00-18.15 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock (Bestätigt)
MI 10.11.2021 15.00-18.15 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock (Bestätigt)
MI 24.11.2021 15.00-18.15 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock (Bestätigt)
MI 15.12.2021 15.00-18.15 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock (Bestätigt)
MI 19.01.2022 15.00-18.15 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock (Bestätigt)

Wednesday 13.10. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 27.10. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 10.11. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 24.11. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 15.12. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 19.01. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

What constitutes home and belonging? Is habitat, the place where one lives, being home? When, where and how does one belong?
The seminar explores these notions, which are literally vital elements in the everyday reality of people's lives and researches the ideas of belonging and of dwelling in the conceptualizations and the practices of lifeworlds. Based on selected concepts and ways of understanding social phenomena and by comparing different regional case studies theoretical and methodological approaches in Anthropology can also be critically examined.
The seminar's goal is providing theoretical-methodological knowledge to enable participants to gain insight and competences for independant further work in the relevant topic areas.
Apart from some introductory input lectures the seminar is based on intense communication, open discussion, active contribution and group work of all participants, using literature and multi-media materials.
The seminar is conducted in English.

Assessment and permitted materials

Continuous assessment.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Online-Attendance at class hours is required and has to be noted on Moodle. Independently researching literature and other materials needed for discussing selected topics is necessary and expected of every participant.
Collective exchange of ideas, collaboration in peer groups and intensive discussion based on recommended readings (15%), short presentations with handout (20%), concept paper for final essay (15%), final essay (approx. 3000 words, excl. footnotes and bibliography) (50%).

Delivery of final paper: 27.03.2022

Examination topics

The assessment load is constituted by notions, concepts and approaches that were presented, examined and debated in the course as well as the discussed ethnographic case studies; all work done by the participants, whether collectively or independently.

Reading list

Aretxaga, Begona: Shattering Silence. Women, Nationalism, and Political Subjectivity in Northern Ireland. Princeton University Press, 1997.
Assmann, Jan: Cultural Memory and Early Civilization: Writing, Remembrance, and Political Imagination. Cambridge University Press, 2011. (Das kulturelle Gedächtnis: Schrift, Erinnerung und politische Identität in frühen Hochkulturen. Munich 1992.)
Assmann, Aleida: Cultural Memory and Western Civilization: Functions, Media, Archives. Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Feldmann, Allen: Formations of Violence: The Narrative of the Body and Political Terror in Northern Ireland. University of Chicago Press, 1991.
Feldmann, Allen: "Securocratic wars of public safety“, in Interventions – International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Volume 6, 2004 - Issue 3: America and its Others.
Feldman, Allen: Archives of Insensible; of War, Photopolitics and Dead Memory. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
Gieseking, Jen Jack & W. Mangold, C. Katz, S. Low, S. Saegert: The People, Place and Space Reader. Routledge, 2014.
Gilroy, Paul: The Black Atlantic. Verso Books, London, 1993.
Grosz, Elisabeth: Space, Time and Perversion: Essays on the Politics of Bodies. Routledge, New York; and Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1995.
Grosz, E.: Architecture from the Outside: Essays on Virtual and Real Space. MIT Press, 2001.
Grosz, E.: Chaos, Territory, Art: Deleuze and the Framing of the Earth. University Press Group, 2008.
Gupta, Akhil and James Ferguson: Culture, Power, Place. 1998.
Hall, Stuart: (1997), "The local and the global: globalization and ethnicity", in McClintock, Anne; Mufti, Aamir; Shohat, Ella (eds.): Dangerous liaisons: gender, nation, and postcolonial perspectives. Minnesota, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, pp. 173–187.
Ingold, Tim: The perception of the environment: essays on livelihood, dwelling and skill. 2000.
Lefebvre, Henri: La production de l’espace. Paris: Anthropos 1974. --- The Production of Space. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1991. 
Lefebvre, H: Spatial Politics, Everyday Life, and the Right to the City. New York/London: Routledge, 2012.
Mitchell, Jon: Ambivalent Europeans: Ritual, Memory and the Public Sphere in Malta. Routledge, 2002.
Recommended readings and further materials are established within the class.

Association in the course directory

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