Ofrath, Avner, Dr
Street life: Coexistence, protest and violence in the modern city | seminar
Cities have long been an important setting of encounter and exchange between different religions, ethnic communities, social classes, and political movements. At the same time, the major currents of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries – capitalism and revolution, religious revival and secularism, colonialism and nationalism – exerted a formidable pressure on the modern city as a stie of encounter. As new political movements emerged and rigid collective identities coalesced, the city became the arena in which new rivalries and antagonisms were played out. Looking at different cities along the shores of the Mediterranean, this seminar explores the various, often conflicting dynamics of coexistence, protest, and violence in the modern age.
Outcasts: Citizenship and its boundaries, 1789-2015 | seminar
Every state includes some and excludes others. This highly contested dynamic has been defining our politics, society and culture for two centuries. How universal can citizenship be? Which criteria are seen as legitimate? And which role does this national framework play in an increasingly globalised world? Such questions are to be discussed in this seminar. Starting with the French Revolution, when the distinction between human and civil rights was formulated for the first time, this seminar will discuss the conflicting tendencies of inclusion and exclusion in the national, imperial, and post-colonial context.
Students will be expected to read and comment on complex texts in both German and English.