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SE Migration, Past, Present, Future. From the End of Empire to Sanctuary Cities and Beyond

Migration, Past, Present, Future. From the End of Empire to Sanctuary Cities and Beyond

Module 3: Öffentlicher Raum und Stadtkultur

HBS 103 |Donnerstag: 10-12:00 | Beginn 19.10.2017


For more than three decades, historians, sociologists and social theorists have argued that “acceleration” is one of the key logics of urban modernity.  Movement – and accelerating movement – has become a central part in narratives about globalization (and its discontents). 

Examining migration both as part as a state of exception and as part of the urban everyday, this seminar tries to place narratives about movement, speed, and urban modernity into their global historical contexts.  The seminar argues that plural identifies have long been central to the creation of urban space and place; it analyzes the politics of place and belonging; and it analyzes the way that migration sometimes generates political energies while in other cases it does not.

Finally, the course explores futures of migration in terms of its history, focusing in particular on the challenges posed by transformative climate change.

While the course assumes the “everydayness” of migration, it is also focused on conflictual historical, contemporary, and emerging dynamics.  Refugees and Displaced Persons; forced migration and urbicide; “climate refugees” and securitization.  This focus is NOT because conflict scenarios are necessarily the most important elements of migration past present and future, and the seminar is open to inputs from students wishing to take a different perspective, whether in geographical, historical, or disciplinary terms.


Einführende Literatur:

(1950) Abraham Hyman, “Central Europe: Displaced Persons” in The American Jewish Yearbook

(1951/1955) Hannah Arendt, Elemente und Ursprunge totaler Herrschaft (Teil II, Kapitel II)

1951 Refugee Convention

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