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Veranstaltungsart Seminar Veranstaltungsnummer 51711
Semester WiSe 2020/21 SWS 2
Rhythmus keine Übernahme Moodle-Link  
Veranstaltungsstatus Freigegeben für Vorlesungsverzeichnis  Freigegeben  Sprache deutsch
Belegungsfrist - Eine Belegung ist online erforderlich Zentrale Frist    01.07.2020 - 28.10.2020    aktuell
Veranstaltungsformat Digital


Gruppe 1
Tag Zeit Rhythmus Dauer Raum Raum-
Lehrperson Status Bemerkung fällt aus am Max. Teilnehmer
Do. 12:00 bis 14:00 14tgl.     findet statt     25
Gruppe 1:

Zugeordnete Person
Zugeordnete Person Zuständigkeit
Jack, Max , PhD
Abschluss Studiengang LP Semester
Bachelor of Arts  Europäische Ethnologie Kernfach ( Vertiefung: kein LA; POVersion: 2014 )   -  
Bachelor of Arts  Europäische Ethnologie Kernfach ( Vertiefung: kein LA; POVersion: 2017 )   -  
Bachelor of Arts  Europäische Ethnologie Zweitfach ( Vertiefung: kein LA; POVersion: 2014 )   -  
Bachelor of Arts  Europäische Ethnologie Zweitfach ( Vertiefung: kein LA; POVersion: 2017 )   -  
Zuordnung zu Einrichtungen
Philosophische Fakultät, Institut für Europäische Ethnologie

Anthropology of Protest is a proposed course that examines the sonic and embodied dimensions of protest as a tool aimed at influencing the democratic process. This course asks specifically how discrepant ideologies within social and political movements are adjudicated into collective and coordinated action. Students will engage with ethnographic case studies to assess the utility of protest in public space. Motivated by an interest in political movements and the role of public assembly, I will encourage students to think about economic precarity and social marginalization as factors that motivate assembly. Demanding attention in public and diverting attention away from the normalcy of civic life, protest can be enacted in many forms—through collective sounding, direct action, performative satire, or even physical violence. The readings and discussion are global in scope, looking at the varied contexts in which protest can arise and its ability (or inability) to effectively circulate alternative viewpoints to the broader public. One directive of the seminar is to examine the degree of impact that protest can have upon preexisting structures of power. Both the government and media have incredible influence over public perception, as they are able to frame and interpret events on a larger platform. As such, collective agency is a central theme of this seminar—what is the crowd’s capacity to affect change?

            Students’ opinions and critiques of reading material are a key component of the course content. In class, they are encouraged to highlight what arguments they find most significant, what aspects they agree/disagree with, and how their understanding of protest and democracy has changed throughout the course of the seminar. Readings and arguments can be compared to one another, highlighting the differences and similarities between each author’s arguments. The end of semester term paper is meant to help develop each student’s personal understanding of protest, the ethics of collective action, and the role of the state in managing collective action in public space. Students will be tasked with writing a research paper that engages with issues related to collective organization, protest, and democracy. Students may consider adopting a case study that pertains to a particular political movement or a series of recent protests. The goal of the final paper will be to construct a thesis statement that engages with and takes a position in relation to the readings and overarching themes of the course. The length of the final paper and the weekly volume of reading can be adjusted to make this a BA or MA level course.


Abu-Lughod, Lila. 1990. “The Romance of Resistance: Tracing Transformation of Power Through Bedoin Women.” American Ethnologist. 17(1): 41-55.

Comaroff, Jean and John Comaroff. 2001. “Millenial Capitalism: First Thoughts on a Second Coming.”Millenial Capitalism and the Culture of Neoliberalism. Durham: Duke University Press.

Deaville, James. 2012. “The Changing Sounds of War: Television News Music and Armed Conflicts from Vietnam to Iraq.” Music, Politics, and Violence. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press.

Gaonkar, Dilip. 2014. “After the Fictions: Notes Towards a Phenomenology of the Multitude.” E-Flux. Vol 58.

Graeber, David. 2009. “Imagination.” Direct Action: An Ethnography. Edinburgh: AK Press.

Haiven, Max and Alex Khasnabish. 2014. “Introduction: The Importance of Radical Imagination in Dark Times.” The Radical Imagination. Nova Scotia: Fernwood Publishing.

Juris, Jeffrey. 2008. “Performing Networks at Direct Action Protests” and “Spaces of Terror: Violence and Repression in Genoa.” Networking Futures: The Movement Against Corproate Globalization. Durham: Duke University Press.

Juris, Jeffrey. 2014. “Embodying Protest: Culture and Performance Within Social Movements.” Conceptualizing Culture in Social Movement Research. Ed Brita Baumgarten, Priska Daphi, and Peter Ullrich. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

Kunreuther, Laura. 2018. “Sounds of Democracy: Performance, Protest, and Political Subjectivity.” Cultural Anthropology. 33(1): 1-33.

McDonald, David. 2009. “Poetics and Performance of Violence in Israel/Palestine.” Ethnomusicology. 53(1): 58-85.

Novak, David. 2010. “Listening to Kamagasaki.” Anthropology News. 51(9): 5.

Shoshan, Nitzan. 2014. “Managing Hate: Political Delinquency and Affective Governance in Germany.” Cultural Anthropology, 29(1): 150-172.

Warner, Michael. 2004. “Publics and Counterpublics.” Publics and Counterpublics. Brooklyn: Zone Books.



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