Advanced seminar: HS: Flight and Refuge in North American Fiction - Details
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General information

Course name Advanced seminar: HS: Flight and Refuge in North American Fiction
Course number 022 100 0060
Semester SS 2022
Current number of participants 16
maximum number of participants 20
Home institute Amerikanistik
Courses type Advanced seminar in category Teaching
First date Thursday, 28.04.2022 15:45 - 17:15, Room: (D, 2003)
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird in Präsenz abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
ECTS points 8

Rooms and times

(D, 2003)
Thursday: 15:45 - 17:15, weekly (12x)


According to the UNHCR, 82,4 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide (http://www.unhcr.org/figures-at-a-glance.html).
But what does it mean to be forcibly displaced? What are the differences between stateless and internally displaced persons and refugees? What are their rights? How is ‘refugeeness’ related to personal identity? What are commonalities between seemingly different groups? And how can flight be depicted in literature aesthetically and on a content-level?

In the context of these and other questions, we will look at philosophical and theoretical texts within Refugee and Migration Studies. Politically and legally, we will consider national laws as well as the Geneva Convention and definitions by the UNHCR, always also asking questions of basic human rights and ethical responsibility.
The North American continent will be a focal point, but at the same time we will be thinking about the productivity and complexities of transnational debates.

With this theoretical framework, we will consider narrative texts from various genres and supplement our readings with other cultural production, like photography or film – at times on a voluntary basis.

All students are expected to have read all the primary texts as well as the other source material in preparation for the sessions. A final reading list of texts that need to be acquired will be announced in the beginning of the seminar.

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "ALW/ELW/NELK: Vertiefungsmodul BA: HS".
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The following rules apply for the admission:
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 20.04.2022 on 18:00. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.
  • The enrolment is possible from 14.03.2022, 08:00 to 18.04.2022, 18:00.
  • This setting is active from 14.03.2022 08:00 to 18.04.2022 18:00.
    Enrolment is allowed for up to 1 courses of the admission set.
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