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240526 SE From bounded localities to vertical globalisation (P4) (2020W)

The European Alps in Anthropology in the 21st Century

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

Update 11.12.2020: Due to the current Covid-19 Situation the course will change to digital till the end of the semester.

Update 3.11.2020: Due to the current Covid-19 Situation the course will change to digital till the end of the year.

It is planned to hold the seminar as a course based on physical attendance. Any changes caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus will be communicated via Moodle and u: space.

Tuesday 13.10. 15:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Tuesday 27.10. 15:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Tuesday 10.11. 16:45 - 20:00 Digital
Tuesday 01.12. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Tuesday 12.01. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Tuesday 26.01. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course provides a comprehensive overview and critical discussion of research on and in high altitude regions in Europe in anthropology. It pursues two aims: first, to stimulate and foster anthropological research on current life in mountain regions in Europe and beyond; second, to learn about the relevance that research of high altitude places has for anthropology generally, and environmental studies, particularly.

Sharing high altitude as a main feature, mountains in Europe, like elsewhere, are highly heterogeneous places in social, cultural, economic and ecological respects. In this seminar we deal with the history and the current state of anthropological research on and in mountain regions in Europe. We learn about the past and current topical, theoretical and methodological approaches to mountainous livelihood in Europe and contextualise them within the changes of anthropology's self-understanding. Anthropologists had for a long time researched people and places in high altitudes through the lenses of small agricultural communities living in bounded localities. Today they acknowledge the fluidity between the rural and the urban and the manifold global dynamics shaping mountainous livelihood. Especially global phenomena like tourism, migration, and climate change have provoked not only deep social, economic and environmental changes in high altitudes but also significant theoretical and topical perspectives in anthropology as in its neighbouring disciplines.


We will draw on a broad range of ethnographic and methodological illustrations of studying social, economic, cultural and environmental issues in high altitude regions in Europe. The teacher will provide a sound introduction to the seminar topic. Students will regularly read texts, research additional texts, participate in our discussions, give oral presentations, comment on films, texts and others’ oral presentations, and write a final seminar paper. We will learn to critically engage with the respective methodological, theoretical and ethnographic approaches.

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular attendance
Active participation in discussions
Oral presentations and comments on films and others’ presentations
Research of additional publications
Oral and written comments on selected texts
Final written seminar paper

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Regular attendance in class, active participation in discussions and completion of all readings is expected. (10 % of grade).
Students will write commentaries on selected texts (10 %)
Students will research additional publications (15 %)
Students will present critical discussions of texts/publications and comment on others’ presentations. (15 %)
Students will submit a final written seminar paper (5000 words) (50 %).

Deadline of submission of final seminar paper: By end of March 2021.

Examination topics

All oral and written performances.

Reading list

TBA in class

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Fr 11.12.2020 11:28