ECTS Points: 5
Language requirements: min. English B2
Please note that this course starts at 12:00 and ends at 14:00.
In January 2016, The Sun, the most highly read “newspaper” in the UK, published an article with the headline: “Refugee Crisis: Berlin so swamped by migrants that city is in ruins”. Though such hyperbolic claims are often quickly dismissed, they also echo and reiterate fears existing within hegemonic discourses surrounding “migrants” and reflect public consciousnesses about the “crisis” in not only the UK but in Berlin, in Germany and, more generally, the Global North. This interdisciplinary course seeks to contextualize and deconstruct the figure of the migrant using critical interdisciplinary approaches while placing them into wider discussions of the various related “crises” in “raceless”, postcolonial Europe.
Selection from Jørgensen & L. Philipps. 2002. “The Field of Discourse Analysis” in Discourse Analysis as Theory and Method.
Bhambra, G. 2007. “Introduction: Postcolonialism, Sociology and the Politics of Knowledge Production” and “Modernity, Colonialism, and the Postcolonial Critique” in Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination.
Bhambra, G. 2009. “Postcolonial Europe: Or, Understanding Europe in Times of the Postcolonial”.
De Genova, N. 2016. “The European Question: Migration, Race, and Post-Coloniality in Europe”.
El-Tayeb, F. 2008. “‘The Birth of a European Public’: Migration, Postnationality and Race in the Uniting of Europe”.
Michel, N. 2015. “Sheepology: the Postcolonial Politics of Raceless Racism in Switzerland”.
Fernando, N. 2016. “The Discursive Violence of Postcolonial Asylum in the Irish Republic”.
Prashad, V. 2017. “Academic arguments backing white supremacy and colonialism are making an ominous comeback”.
Excerpt from Grosfoguel, R. 2016. “What is Racism?”.
Goldberg, D. T. 2006. ”Racial Europeanization”.
Essed, P. 2001. “Everyday Racism: A New Approach to the Study of Racism” in Race Critical Theories.
Mezzadra, S., Brett Neilson. 2013. “The Proliferation of Borders” in Border as method, or,
the multiplication of labor.
van Baar, H. 2015. “The Perpetual Mobile Machine of Forced Mobility: Europe’s Roma and the Insititutionalization of Rootlessness” in The Irregularization of Migration in Contemporary Europe.
van Houtum, H. 2010. “Human blacklisting: the global apartheid of the EU’s external border regime”.
1 Please note: readings are still being finalized and should not exceed 55 pages a week
Berg, L. & M. Lundahl. 2016. “Un/veiling the West: Burkini-gate, Princess Hijab and Dressing as Struggle for Postsecular Integration”.
de Hart, B. 2017. “Sexuality, Race and Masculinity in Europe’s Refugee Crisis” in Migration on the Move.
Kehl, K. 2018. “‘In Sweden, girls are allowed to kiss girls, and boys are allowed to kiss boys’: Pride Järva and the inclusion of the ‘LGBT other’ in Swedish nationalist discourses”.
Lentin, A. 2005. “Replacing ‘race’, historicizing ‘culture’ in multiculturalism”.
Ha, K. N. 2016. “Integration as Colonial Pedagogy of Postcolonial Immigrants and People of Colour: A German Case Study” in Decolonizing European Sociology: Transdisciplinary Approaches.
McIntosch, L. 2014. “Impossible presence: race, nation, and the cultural politics of ‘being Norwegian’”.
Davies, T., A. Isakjee & S. Dhesi. 2017. "Violent Inaction: The Necropolitical Experience of Refugees in Europe".
Rajas, J. 2015. “Disciplining the human rights of immigrants: market veridiction and the echoes of eugenics in contemporary EU immigration policies”.
Kmak, M. 2015. “Between citizen and bogus asylum seeker: management of migration in the EU through the technology of morality”.
Jørgensen, M. B. & T.L. Thomsen. 2016. “Deservingness in the Danish Context: Welfare chauvinism in times of crisis”.
Bhambra, G. & J. Holmwood. 2018. “Colonialism, Postcolonialism and the Liberal Welfare State”.
Curcio, A. 2014. “Paths of Racism, Flows of Labor: Nation-State Formation, Capitalism and the Metamorphosis of Racism in Italy”.
Hansen, P. & S. Jonsson. 2011. “Demographic Colonialism EU-African Migration Management and the Legacy of Eurafrica”.
Rutazibwa, O. 2014. “In the name of human rights: the problematics of EU ethical foreign policy in Africa and elsewhere”.
Samaddar, R. 2015. "If You Push Regime Change, You Get the Refugees Too".Hathaway, J. & T. Gammeltoft-Hansen. 2015. “Non-Refoulment in a World of Cooperative Deterrence”.
Bruce-Jones, E. 2017. “Transgression: law and the choreography of race and place” in Race in the Shadow of Law: State Violence in Contemporary Europe.
Bosworth, M., K. Franko, S. Pickering. 2018. “Punishment, globalization and migration control: ‘Get them the hell out of here’”.
Danewid, I. 2017. “White innocence in the Black Mediterranean: hospitality and the erasure of history”.
Loftsdóttir, K. 2016. “International Development and the Globally Concerned European Subject”.
Bhambra, G. 2017. “The current crisis of Europe: Refugees, colonialism and the limits of cosmopolitanism”.