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While airports have been characterized as “non places” that cannot be defined as relational, or historical or concerned with identity (M. Augé) on the one hand, more recent perceptions conceptualize airports as manifestations of hubs of mul-tilayered networks that create contact zones, borderlands, heterotopic spaces (M. Foucault) or spaces of flow (M. Castells) on the other. Against the backdrop of these conceptualizations the course investigates the significance of airports as global sites of (trans-)cultural negotiation of national identity and selfhood as well as the particular ways they are impacted by protocols such as location and infrastructure, security and mobility regulation, immigration and detention, con-sumption). Besides theoretical texts that serve to build the conceptual grounding for the discussion the course readings include both non-fictional and fictional texts in an effort to provide various dimensions of understanding airports as am-biguous spaces of transit and interaction that reproduce socio-political and cultu-ral power structures.
Course requirements include active class participation, in-class presentations, in-dependent project work and a final paper.
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