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240530 SE Globalization, Mobility and the Boundaries of Nationhood (P2) (2019S)

Continuous assessment of course work

Participation at first session is obligatory!


max. 30 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 27.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Tuesday 28.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Wednesday 29.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Monday 03.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Tuesday 04.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Wednesday 05.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Thursday 06.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Thursday 06.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course examines global connections through the flows of ideas, people and things as economic, political and cultural processes which are affected by international, regional and national dynamics. What do localities mean when borders and boundaries are continually being negotiated and the politics of belonging and territoriality become a basis for these negotiations? How do these flows offer channels to understand the ways in which cultures and ideologies (based on class, gender, ethnicity etc) are shaped and reinforced? What is the role of international and state institutions in formulating and regulating policies of improvement and empowerment? What are the infrastructures that contribute in shaping the landscape of people’s everyday lives and how are they responded to?
We will draw on debates regarding concepts such as globalization, capitalism, markets, nationhood, governance and citizenship and use various ethnographic case studies from different parts of the world to highlight different aspects of these debates.
Instead of looking at ‘the global’ and ‘local’ as fixed divides, we will examine how the movement of capital and ideas, people and commodities, operate at multi-scalar levels and how they strengthen or weaken social inequalities; the sovereignty of states and markets; and the boundaries of cultural identities and nationhood.
Students who follow this course will develop:
• A basic knowledge of anthropological and sociological conceptual debates regarding key concepts discussed in the course.
• academic skills necessary to analyze processes of global-local interaction, the movement of ideas, people and things through different types of borders and boundaries and modes of governmentality and resistance
• basic methodologies within the framework of global ethnographies
• knowledge to connect issues that are politically relevant and urgent in the current world situation with local day-to-day events-

Assessment and permitted materials

* attendance and participation in class discussions (25%)
* short presentation of the topics and debates discussed in the literature
* final paper (50%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students are required to attend classes regularly, to conduct 1 presentation, and submit a final paper (the topic of which should be discussed with the lecturer).

Examination topics

Presentation, written papers, engagement in discussions

Reading list

Session 1:
Politics of Borders and Boundaries (part 1)
Steven Vertovec (2011) The Cultural Politics of Nation and Migration. Annual Review of Anthropology. Vol 40: pp 24156.
Englund, H. (2002) ‘Ethnography after globalism: migration and emplacement in Malawi’ , American Ethnologist, 29(2): 26186.
Malkki, L.H. (1992) ‘National Geographic: the rooting of peoples and the territorialization of national identity among scholars and refugees’. Cultural Anthropology, 7(1): 24-44.
Session 2
Politics of Borders and Boundaries (part 2)
Salazar, N.B. (2010b) ‘Towards an anthropology of cultural mobilities , Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture, 1(1): 53-68.
Petra Dannecker ( 2005), Transnational Migration and the Transformation of Gender Relations: The Case of Bangladeshi Labour Migrants. Current Sociology, July Vol. 53(4): 655674.
Session 3:
Indigeneity, Ethnicity and the Management of Rights
Tania Murray Li (2010) Indigeneity, Capitalism, and the Management of Dispossession Current Anthropology Volume 51, Number 3, pp 385 400 (15pp).
Kaushik Ghosh (2016) Between Global Flows and Local Dams: Indigenousness, Locality, and the Transnational Sphere in Jharkhand, India. Cultural Anthropology, Vol. 21, Issue 4, pp. 501534 (33 pp).
Kirsch, Stuart (2007) Indigenous movements and the risks of counter-globalization: Tracking the campaign against Papua New Guinea’s Ok Tedi mine. American Ethnologist, Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 303321 (18 pp).
Session 4
Labour in Place and on the Move
Riisgaard, Lone and Nikolaus Hammer (2011) Prospects for Labour in Global Value Chains: Labour Standards in the Cut Flower and Banana Industries. British Journal of Industrial Relations vol 49 no1 pp. 168190 (32 pp).
Oliver Pye,Ramlah Daud,Yuyun Harmono and Tatat (2012) Precarious lives: Transnational biographies of migrant oil palm workers. Asia Paci?c Viewpoint, Vol. 53, No. 3. pp 330-342.
Session 5
Global Value Chains and the Social Life of Commodities
Donald M. Nonini (2013) The local-food movement and the anthropology of global systems American Ethnologist Volume 40 Number pp. 267-275 (8 pp).
Fridell, Gavin (2007) Fair-Trade Coffee and Commodity Fetishism: The Limits of Market-Driven Social Justice. Historical Materialism vol 15 pp.79104 (25 pp).
Session 6
Heritage and Production of Identities, Past and Future
Haidy Geismar (2015) Anthropology and Heritage Regimes Annual Review of Anthropology vol 44:pp 7185.
Jaume Franquesa (2013) On Keeping and Selling the Political Economy of Heritage Making in Contemporary Spain. Current Anthropology Volume 54, Number 3.
Chiara De Cesari (2010) Creative Heritage: Palestinian Heritage NGOs and De?ant Arts of Government. American Anthropologist, Vol. 112, Issue 4, pp. 625637.
Session 7
Universalism or Cultural Relativism? Social Movements, Human Rights, and The Politics of Culture (3 sessions)
Jindra, Michael (2014) The Dilemma of Equality and Diversity Current Anthropology Volume 55, Number 3, June.
Terence Turner (1997) Human Rights, Human Difference: Anthropology's Contribution to an Emancipatory Cultural Politics Journal of Anthropological Research, Vol. 53, No. 3, , pp. 273-291.
Ellen Messer (1993) Anthropology And Human Rights . Annual Review of Anthropology. Vol 22. pp 221-49.

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