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290139 SE Seminar aus Humangeographie: Translocal Geographies in the Global South (2021W)

5.00 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 served).


max. 20 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

So far, the course is planned to be taught in presence, following the so-called 3-G-rule (recovered, tested, and/or vaccinated). It is quite possible that the teaching will be changed to a hybrid (online and presence) or purely online mode in the course of the semester. Unexcused non-attendance at the first unit will automatically result in withdrawal from the seminar.

Thursday 14.10. 09:45 - 12:15 Hörsaal 15 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Thursday 21.10. 09:45 - 12:15 Hörsaal 15 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Thursday 28.10. 09:45 - 12:15 Hörsaal 15 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Thursday 25.11. 09:45 - 12:15 Digital
Thursday 02.12. 09:45 - 12:15 Digital
Thursday 09.12. 09:45 - 12:15 Digital
Thursday 13.01. 09:45 - 12:15 Hörsaal 15 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Thursday 27.01. 09:45 - 12:15 Hörsaal 15 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

The world is on the move. Human mobility - whether voluntary or forced - is both an expression and a driving force of social and ecological transformation processes. On the one hand, increasing mobility results in institutionalized and informal translocal connections between places of origin, transit, and destination, and in intensifying exchange relationships. On the other hand, the governance of human mobility is gaining importance in national and international political discourse and is reflected, for example, in border security regimes. Human mobility and the resulting interdependencies expose the fundamental contradictions of the coexistence of "fixed modernity" and "fluid modernity" (Baumann, 2000). The aim of the seminar is to enable participants to understand and analyze the phenomenon of migration and the increasing global interconnectedness in the context of social transformation processes. The concepts of mobility (Sheller and Urry 2006) and translocality (Brickell and Datta 2011) provide the analytical perspective from which various aspects of human mobility and immobility are considered. The seminar will discuss different forms of mobility (e.g. labor migration, illegal migration, return migration) and translocality in different contexts (e.g. urban and rural spaces) and with reference to gender, class, inequality, identity, among others.

Assessment and permitted materials

The seminar includes a) Reading seminar and b) Topic seminar.
For the successful completion of the seminar the following basic achievements are required:
- regular and active participation in the course
- reading documentation (english language literature)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

- Scientific paper (50%)
- Sesssion Preparation and Scientific Talk (25%)
- Essay (15%)
- Critical review (10%)

Examination topics

Reading list

Brickell, K., & Datta, A. (2011). Translocal Geographies - Spaces, Places, Connections. Farnham, Burlington: Ashgate.
Greiner, C., & Sakdapolrak, P. (2013). Translocality: Concepts, applications and emerging research perspectives. Geography Compass, 7(5), 373–384.
Sheller, M., & Urry, J. (2006). The new mobilities paradigm. Environment and Planning A, 38(2), 207–226.

Association in the course directory

(MG-S4-SE) (MG-S6-SE) (MG-W3-PI) (MG-W4-PI) (MR3-PI) (MA UF GW 02-1) (MG21 APF MIGSPEC)

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