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290094 PS Ethnic retail: structures and potentials in Vienna (2020W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Continuous assessment of course work


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


max. 18 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Due to the current situation the course changes with 1st November to Distance Learning.

Friday 16.10. 08:30 - 12:30 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
Tuesday 20.10. 08:30 - 12:30 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
Tuesday 27.10. 08:30 - 12:30 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
Tuesday 03.11. 08:30 - 12:30 Digital
Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
Tuesday 10.11. 08:30 - 12:30 Digital
Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
Tuesday 17.11. 08:30 - 12:30 Digital
Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
Monday 23.11. 08:30 - 12:30 Digital
Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Monday 30.11. 08:30 - 12:30 Digital
Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Monday 07.12. 08:30 - 12:30 Digital
Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518


Aims, contents and method of the course

The aim of the course is to understand ethnic retail as an economic, cultural and social phenomenon taking place in contemporary multicultural cities. During the course students engage in relevant literatures on immigrant entrepreneurs and ethnic retail, and discuss them in relation to developments in Vienna. Students are divided into groups of 2-3 students and research ethnic retail in Vienna from a perspective of their own choice. To inform their study, students conduct fieldwork, read policy documents, make interviews and relate their results to the existing literature. After the course, students will be able to map an urban phenomenon and relate it to the research literature, and more specifically, understand the potential of ethnic retail for place making and integration of immigrants and identify and describe the possibilities and limitations of ethnic retail for urban regeneration.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students will be assed based on the grade of their performance in class and group work. Grades will be based on the following:Attendance and participation (20 %), oral presentation (30 %), peer feedback (10 %) and seminar paper (40 %).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

This course is suitable for students who are interested in deepening their knowledge in an urban phenomenon by engaging in literatures around it, and further test, challenge, verify and/or expand their knowledge about the phenomenon in the real world. The course is taught in English, so a requirement is sufficient language skills. Minimum requirements for participation include active participation. Exceptions to the presence requirement can be made in cases of sickness or other urgent matters, but must be communicated to the teacher and compensated.

Examination topics

The topics of the group works will be decided during the first weeks of the course.

Reading list

Selection of readings:

Hackworth, J. & J. Rekers 2005. Ethnic packaging and gentrification. The Case of Four Neighborhoods in Toronto. Urban Affairs Review, 41 (2). 211-236 DOI: 10.1177/1078087405280859

Kloosterman, R., van der Leun, J. & Rath, J. (1999) Mixed embeddedness: (in)formal economic activities and immigrant businesses in the Netherlands. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 23(2), 253–267. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2427.00194

Mavromatis, G. 2010. A Racial Archaeology of Space: A journey through the political imaginings of Brixton and Brick Lane, London. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 36 (4), 561-579. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691830903398862

Schmiz, A. & T. Hernandez (2019). Urban Politics on Ethnic Entrepreneurship Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 110 (5), 509–519. DOI:10.1111/tesg.12387

Stock, M. & Schmiz, A. (2019). Catering authenticities. Ethnic food entrepreneurs as agents in Berlin's gentrification. City, Culture and Society, 18. doi:10.1016/j.ccs.2019.05.001

Association in the course directory

(MG-S3-PI.f) (MG-S4-Pi.f) (MG-S5-PI.f) (MA UF GW 02-2) (MR3-PI)

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