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Veranstaltungsart Forschungsseminar Veranstaltungsnummer 53732
Semester SoSe 2020 SWS 2
Rhythmus keine Übernahme Moodle-Link  
Veranstaltungsstatus Freigegeben für Vorlesungsverzeichnis  Freigegeben  Sprache englisch
Belegungsfristen - Eine Belegung ist online erforderlich
Veranstaltungsformat Digital


Gruppe 1
Tag Zeit Rhythmus Dauer Raum Raum-
Lehrperson Status Bemerkung fällt aus am Max. Teilnehmer
Mo. 08:00 bis 10:00 wöch 20.04.2020 bis 13.07.2020  edison höfe - 217 Invalidenstraße 118 (I118) - (Unterrichtsraum)   findet statt     20
Gruppe 1:
Zur Zeit keine Belegung möglich

Zugeordnete Person
Zugeordnete Person Zuständigkeit
Schneider, Nadja-Christina , Prof. Dr. verantwortlich
Abschluss Studiengang LP Semester
Master of Arts  Global Studies Programme Hauptfach ( Vertiefung: kein LA; POVersion: 2016 )     -  
Master of Arts  Süd-u. Südostasienstudien Hauptfach ( Vertiefung: kein LA; POVersion: 2014 )   6+4  -  
Zuordnung zu Einrichtungen
Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften

Due to a multitude of social and technological developments over the last decades, the concepts and structures of family as well as the practices of kinship, relatedness and care are currently subject to profound transformation processes. How do digital media practices interact with the changing notion of family as something which is not given, but rather something you 'do', especially in the context of labor migration and geographically dispersed families? And what exactly changes when the 'doing' of family and relatedness involves ‘new' instead of 'old' communication media - i.e. Skype, FaceTime, mobile phones, Instagram and Facebook instead of letters, home videos or the landline? How are the changing gender roles negotiated, especially in the context of "mediated parenthood", care for elderly family members and care migration, and to what extent do they impact on related processes of social change? These are just a few questions which serve to illustrate the complex interlocking of communication media and new technologies with the increasing dissociation of work/place and family.

The aim of this digital research-oriented course is twofold: 1) to familiarize participants with some key theoretical questions, concepts and methods used in the field of transnational or multi-local family studies and 2) to enable student research groups to develop a relevant research question to be explored in a small qualitative study. Methods may range from observations, interviews or group discussions, analysis of visual material to online or social media ethnography. Proof of achievement: active participation via Moodle, willingness to work in teams, presentation of fieldwork (academic poster, visual essay, video/audio documentation and/or recorded presentation).


Kaur, R. & Shruti, I. (2016). “Mobile Technology and ‘Doing Family’ in a Global World: Indian Migrants in Cambodia”. Mobile Communication and the Family, edited by Sun Sun Lim. Dordrecht: Springer Science + Business, 73-90.

Madaniou, M. & Miller, D. (2012). Migration and New Media. Transnational families and Polymedia. Abingdon: Routledge.
Baldassar, Loretta (2016). De‐demonizing distance in mobile family lives: co‐presence, care circulation and polymedia as vibrant matter. Global Networks. Vol. 16(2), 145-163.
Jones, G. (2008). Population Ageing in Asia and Its Implications for Mobility. Journal of Population Ageing, Vol.1(1), 31-49.

Toyota, M. & Xiang, B. (2012). The emerging transnational “retirement industry” in Southeast Asia. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 32(11/12), 708-719.
Chib, A.; Malik, S; Aricat, R.G. & Kadir, S.Z. (2014). Migrant mothering and mobile phones: Negotiations of transnational identity. Mobile Media & Communication. Vol. 2 (1), 73-93.


In this research-oriented e-course, most of the communication will be asynchronous, which means that participants have more flexibility to read the texts and write two reflection papers. However, for the group activities, it will be necessary to communicate with others online as well as with Prof. Schneider during her online office hours. Accepted participants will be informed around mid-April about further details and receive the link for the Moodle course via AGNES/email.


Hausarbeit, Forschungsbericht oder mündliche Prüfung


Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester SoSe 2020. Aktuelles Semester: SoSe 2021.
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