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Escape to Europe: Comparative Readings of Refugee Imaginaries - Einzelansicht

Veranstaltungsart Seminar Langtext
Veranstaltungsnummer 096735 Kurztext
Semester SS 2019 SWS 2
Erwartete Teilnehmer/-innen Studienjahr
Max. Teilnehmer/-innen 17
Credits Belegung Belegpflicht
Sprache englisch
Einrichtung :
Englisches Seminar
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Do. 12:00 bis 14:00 woch Aegidiistr. 5 - AE 209        
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Schmitz, Markus, Priv.-Doz. Dr. verantwort
Abschluss - Studiengang Sem ECTS Bereich Teilgebiet
Master - National and Transnational Studies: Literature, Culture, Language (88 992 15) -
MEd Berufskollegs - Englisch (E4 049 14) -
MEd Gymnasien u Gesamt - Englisch (E3 049 14) -
Prüfungen / Module
Prüfungsnummer Modul
12003 Seminar aus dem Bereich Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft - MEd Berufskollegs Englisch Version 2014
12003 Seminar aus dem Bereich Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft - MEd Gymnasien u Gesamt Englisch Version 2014
14001 Literary/Cultural Studies or Linguistics (with degree-relevant examination) - Master N a Tn Stud:Lit,Cult,Lang Version 2015
14002 Literary/Cultural Studies or Linguistics - Master N a Tn Stud:Lit,Cult,Lang Version 2015
Zuordnung zu Einrichtungen
Fachbereich 09 Philologie

This seminar aims at selectively tracing the historical transformation of Middle Eastern and African imaginaries of refugee-migration to Europe. Class participants will be introduced to selected English, French, and Arabic language representations (in translation) across various genres (including literature, performance art, music, film and the vlogo/blogosphere) which question our learned sureties and conventional definition of refugee-ism. (Visual and sonic) texts to be discussed in class include Ghassan Kanafani’s Men in the Sun (1962), Jabra Ibrahim Jabra‘s The Ship (1970), Mahi Binebine’s Cannibales (1999), Yusri Nasrullah’s El Medina (1999), Laila Lalami’s Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits (2005), Larissa Sansour's A Space Exodus (2008), Merzak Allouache’s Harragas (2009), Hassan Blasim’s “Reality and the Record” and “The Truck to Berlin” (2009), Boris Lojkine’s Hope (2014) and Hiwa K’s View from Above (2017). We will use these and other creative works as equally poetical and ethical correctives to the dominant European emplotment of the so-called refugee crisis.

Class participants are invited to shift their focus from often de-individualizing and victimizing representations of refugees as human beings erased from individual presence, voice, and agency to narratives which show refugees as active, politicized and creative agents of their own destiny. Examining the (generic) limits of telling refugee stories the seminar argues for an altered politics of literary and cultural criticism – one that intentionally goes beyond conventional migration studies’ self-assigned tasks of humanitarian advocacy and political consulting.

Presentations and in-class discussions are to trigger off a critical counter-analysis to both the political fiction of factuality and the learned interpretive taxonomies of historical and socio-anthropological migration research on which this fiction rests. Suggesting new ways of understanding the historical presence of refugee migration the seminar at the same time encourages to test out the role of comparative literary and cultural studies within the multidisciplinary field of forced and clandestine migration studies.



Introductory readings (to be read by the first in-class meeting):


  • Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Gil Loescher, Katy Long, and Nando Sigona, “Introduction: Refugee and Forced Migration Studies in Transition,” The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, edited      by Elena Fiddian Qasmiyeh, Gil Loescher, Katy Long, and Nando        Sigona. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2014, pp. 1-14.
  • Hakim Abderrezak, "Harragas in Mediterranean illiterature and cinema," Véronique Machelidon and Patrick Saveau (eds.). Reimagining North African immigration: Identities in flux in French literature, television, and film. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2018, pp. 232-252.



First in-class meeting: 11.04.2019

Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester SS 2019 , Aktuelles Semester: WiSe 2022/23