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240532 SE Politics of diversity in contemporary Europe (P4) (2021S)

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. 25 participants
Language: English


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.

Monday 03.05. 13:15 - 18:15 Digital
Tuesday 04.05. 13:15 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 05.05. 13:15 - 18:15 Digital
Thursday 06.05. 13:15 - 18:15 Digital
Friday 07.05. 13:15 - 18:15 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Is multiculturalism dead? Due to a rise of nationalist and anti-immigrant discourses and activism across Europe, numerous commentators talk about the “crisis” or “end” of the multicultural Europe. However, a closer scrutiny of the idea of “multicultural Europe” reveals how misleading the narrative on “crisis” is and makes evident the long-term challenges to the multicultural project, as well as the problems inherent to the multicultural politics.

In this course, we will use an anthropological lens—and that of kindred social sciences—to explore how states and citizens debate and act upon diversity. Our block seminar will be organized around five interrelated themes 1) race and ethnicity 2) religions and secularism 3) heritage and tradition 4) migration and class 5) Europe in a global context.

The participants of the course will be expected:
1) to prepare for the class by reading (before the course begins) MINIMUM three of out five assigned monographs (each corresponding with one of the themes)
2) to conduct a group project (a part of final assessment)
3) to actively participate in discussions
4) to write a final paper and/or extended book review

Assessment and permitted materials

1) (Active) participation in the class - 40%
2) Group project - 30%
3) Final paper - 30%

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students should have basic knowledge of anthropological concepts and methods.

Examination topics

Students will be expected to:
- book review
- prepare a group writing/visual project

Reading list

Obligatory readings - 3 of out 5 monographs listed here:
* Rogozen-Soltar, Mikaela. 2017. Spain Unmoored: Migration, Conversion, and the Politics of Islam.
* Özyürek, Esra. 2014. Being German, Becoming Muslim.
* Arkin, Kimberly A. 2014. Rhinestones, Religion, and the Republic : : Fashioning Jewishness in France. Stanford, California :: Stanford UP.
* Krause, Elizabeth. Tight Knit: Global Families and the Social Life of Fast Fashion.
* Azra Hromadžić. 2015. Citizens of an Empty Nation.
Youth and State-Making in Postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina

Other readings:
* Pasieka, Agnieszka. 2015. Hierarchy and Pluralism. Living Religious Difference in Catholic Poland.
* Tuckett, Anna. 2018. Rules, Paper, Status: Migrants and Precarious Bureaucracy in Contemporary Italy.
* Wikan, Unni. 2001. Generous Betrayal. Politics of Culture in the New Europe.

Association in the course directory

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