Universität Basel
Juristische Fakultät

Frühjahrssemester 2017

40028-01 Vorlesung: Provincializing Europe: Orientalism and Decolonization seen from a contemporary perspective

Zeit / Ort:
Di 10:15-12:00 (wöchentlich), Rosshofgasse (Schnitz) / Seminarraum S 02

Vorlesungsbeginn: 21.02.17

Dozent: Prof. Dr. Teresa Pullano

Inhalt und Aufbau der Veranstaltung:
This lecture deals with two interconnected questions:
1. The link between Europe's colonial past and todays' processes of integration and disintegration at the level of the European Union;
2. The relationship between the construction of the non-European as the irreducible figure of alterity and the building of a European identity under conditions of globalization.

This lecture looks at this two questions through and empirical and a theoretical analysis. On the empirical level, the lecture examines the connections between processes of colonization and decolonization and the project of the European Union: which are the genealogical and the historical links between these two processes? Is the EU an answer to decolonization? And if yes, in which ways? What are the links between migration flows towards Europe at present at the colonial empires? Another question this lecture asks is weather the ways in which EU law functions at the supranational level has similarities with the functioning of multiple and overlapping legal regimes during colonial empires. And if the answer is positive, what are the consequences for the place that the EU occupies within the legal and economic network of contemporary globalization.

The lecture takes into account contemporary struggles for political and social rights in the Arab world, in the Africas, in the Americas and in the Asias. What is the link between these struggles for rights and for political autonomy and the anticolonial movements of the past?

Finally, the lecture combines the political and legal empirical questions with a theoretical problématique. In 2000, Dipesh Chakrabarty's Provincializing Europe was published, making postcolonial studies an unavoidable reference. Fifteen years later, in a time of profound crisis for the Western world, what is left of Chakrabarty's claim concerning the provincialization of European thought? Are the key categories of Western thought, such as the ones of the nation and of the political subject, still functioning through the orientalization of the non-European?

Lernziele: Students:
- will become familiar with debates on globalization and renationalization concerning contemporary politics and law;
- will acquire competences in comparing todays European society's evolutions across time and space;
- learn how to reflect upon different forms of identity and political subjectivity, beyond Western models;
- learn how to develop a critical reflection of the presuppositions that build European identity;
- gain an insight into contemporary debates on postcolonial thought;
- learn how to make genealogical analysis.

Empfohlene Literatur und Materialien:
- Benton (Lauren), A Search for Sovereignty. Law and Geography in European Empirem 1400- 1900, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
- Chakrabarty (Dipesh), Provincializing Europe: postcolonial though and historical difference. Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2000.
- Fanon (Frantz) The wretched of the earth, New York, Grove Press, 2004.
- Hansen (Peo), Eurafrica. The Untold History of European Integration and Colonialism, London, Blommsbury, 2014.
- Isin (Engin), Being Political. Genealogies of Citizenship, Minnesota, University of Minnesota Press, 2002.
- Isin (Engin). Citizenship After Orientalsim. An unfinished project. London, Taylor and Francis, 2014.
- Mbembe (Achille), On the Postcolony, Berkeley, University of California Press, 2012.
- Mezzadra (Sandro)and Nielson (Brett), Border as Method, or the Multiplication of Labor, Durham (N.C.), Duke University Press, 2013.
- Said (Edward), Orientalism, New York, Vintage Books, 2003.


Angebotsmuster: unregelmässig

Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung: Participants are required to submit a final paper on the lecture topic and to participate actively in the lecture discussions.

Kreditpunkte: 2 KP

Leistungsüberprüfung: Leistungsnachweis

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Unterrichtssprache: Englisch