Current Semester

​Course Announcement IGS North-South

Spring Semester 2020

Environnements urbains : politique, gouvernance, infrastructures

Time
17 FebruaryMondays & Wednesdays 10:15-12:00 (first 7 weeks of semester); one-day excursion on 26.03.
Module
DTM
ECTS
5
Institution
IGD, University of Lausanne
Lecturer
René Véron
Content

​Les villes représentent des hybrides socio-écologiques, des « secondes natures » transformées par des technologies et le métabolisme urbain. Ce cours introduit aux processus biophysiques ainsi qu’aux technologies d’approvisionnement en ressources dans le contexte des villes du Sud. L’accent est mis sur les dimensions politico-économiques, sur les processus, structures et acteurs qui influencent la reproduction des inégalités et des vulnérabilités de différents groupes sociaux par rapport à leur accès à des biens et maux environnementaux. Cette problématique est discutée à travers différentes ressources naturelles en ville (les terrains, les espaces verts, l’eau, l’assainissement, etc.) et différentes « externalités » environnementales (déchets solides ménagers et pollution de l’air). Elle est abordée dans la perspective théorique de la « urban political ecology » qui regarde la ville comme une « seconde nature » créée par les rapports dialectiques entre la société et l’environnement biophysique. Comme fil rouge servent les résultats d’un projet FNS sur la gouvernance environnementale des petites et moyennes villes en Inde autour des parcs, des étangs et de la gestion des déchets.


Please note this course will be held in French

Place
Lausanne (UNIL/ Geopolis 2238)
Contact
René Véron (rene.veron@unil.ch)
Registration
To register for the course (as an external student), please contact Marie-Christelle Pierlot marie-christelle.pierlot@unil.ch or +41216923513

Theories and History of Development Seminar

Time
17 February Mondays, 14:15-16:00
Module
DTM
ECTS
3
Institution
IGD, University of Lausanne
Lecturer
Jérémie Sanchez
Content

The Theories and History of Development Seminar is organized in small groups, on the model of a reading group. The seminar consists in the critical reading and collective discussion of four books of importance in Development Studies. At the end of the seminar, students will thus be able to mobilize four major references in Development Studies for their research or professional practice, as well as to situate them in their historical, geographical, and scientific contexts. 

Please note that part of the group discussions might occur in French; the readings and assignments are in English.

Place
Lausanne (UNIL/Geopolis/2238)
Contact
Jérémie Sanchez (jeremie.sanchez@unil.ch) Christian Kull (christian.kull@unil.ch)
Registration
To register for the course (as an external student), please contact Marie-Christelle Pierlot marie-christelle.pierlot@unil.ch or +41216923513

Research colloquium Political Geography

Time
17 February; Tuesdays 11:00-12:00 - exact dates tba
Module
DTM
ECTS
1
Institution
DSGZ, University of Zurich
Lecturer
Content

​In this forum we discuss ongoing research in Political Geography

Place
Dept. of Geography, Winterthurerstr. 190, 8057 Zurich
Contact
Timothy Raeymaekers (timothy.raeymaekers@geo.uzh.ch)
Registration
Please register through Timothy Raeymaekers (timothy.raeymaekers@geo.uzh.ch), with cc to Norman Backhaus (norman.backhaus@geo.uzh.ch)

Research colloquium Human Geography

Time
17 February Tuesdays 16:00-17:00, exact dates tbd
Module
DTM
ECTS
1
Institution
DSGZ, University of Zurich
Lecturer
Content

​In this forum we discuss ongoing research in Human Geography

Place
Dept. of Geography, Winterthurerstr. 190, 8057 Zurich
Contact
Norman Backhaus
Registration
Please register through Norman Backhaus (norman.backhaus@geo.uzh.ch)

Multi-sited learning in Bamako, Basel and Conakry: Trasnational knowlegde production in theory and practice II

Time
19 February - 27 May 2020, Thursdays 10:00-12:00
Module
DTM
ECTS
5
Institution
Centre for African Studies, University of Basel
Lecturer
Joschka Philipps, Elisio Macamo, Noemi Steuer
Content

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Place
Rheinsprung 21, Seminarraum 00.002, Basel
Contact
Dana Landau (dana.landau@swisspeace.ch)
Registration
Register through University of Basel, if this is not possible, contact Dana Landau (dana.landau@swisspeace.ch)

Methods for Analyzing Changing Societies

Time
19 February - 27 May, Thursdays 13:15-14:45
Module
DTM
ECTS
3
Institution
Department of Social Sciences, University of Basel
Lecturer
Julia Büchele, Joschka Philipps, Basil Bornemann, Katrin Sontag, Metka Hercog
Content

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Place
tbd
Contact
Dana Landau (dana.landau@swisspeace.ch)
Registration
Register through University of Basel, if this is not possible, contact Dana Landau (dana.landau@swisspeace.ch)

Nationalismus und ethnische Konflikte

Time
19 February- 27 May 2020, Wednesdays 16:15-17:45
Module
DTM
ECTS
3
Institution
swisspeace, University of Basel
Lecturer
Dr. Dana Landau
Content

​Dieser Kurs führt die TeilnehmerInnen in die Forschung zu Nationalismus und ethnischen Konflikten, und deren Ursachen und Bewältigung, ein. Anhand von verschiedenen Forschungsansätzen wird die historische Entwicklung des Nationalismus, und sein Zusammenhang zu ethnischen Konflikten theoretisch und empirisch beleuchtet. Spätestens seit dem 19. Jahrhundert liegt der Begriff der Nation im Zentrum politischer Mobilisierung und staatlicher Organisation. Dennoch sind empirisch die meisten Staaten von ethnischer, linguistischer, und religiöser Vielfalt geprägt. Somit steht das Konzept der Nation und des Nationalstaats auch stets mit einem Konflikt- und Gewaltpotential in Verbindung. Im Laufe des Seminars werden wir anhand von Beispielen aus Europa, Afrika, und dem Nahen Osten untersuchen, wie nationale Bewegungen mit dieser Vielfalt historisch und gegenwärtig umgegangen sind. Dabei werden sowohl institutionelle Methoden, Nationalismus mit Vielfalt in Einklang zu bringen, als auch Beispiele gewaltsamer Strategien beleuchten. Der erste Teil des Seminars befasst sich mit der Zentralität der nationalen Idee in der Entwicklung moderner Staaten, wobei Studierende in verschiedene theoretische Ansätze, die Entstehung und das Fortbestehen des Nationalismus zu erklären, eingeführt werden. Im zweiten Teil setzen wir uns mit dem gewaltsamen Potential dieser Entwicklungen, also mit den zentralen Debatten über ethnische Konflikte auseinander. Hier werden Studierende mit Literatur zu den verschiedenen Erklärungen für ethnische Konflikte, sowie mit verschiedenen Ansätzen zur Konfliktbewältigung vertraut. Die erlernten Theorien werden anhand von konkreten Beispielen von Konflikten der letzten 30 Jahre diskutiert und kritisch reflektiert.

Place
University of Basel, Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum -159
Contact
Dana Landau (dana.landau@swisspeace.ch)
Registration
Register through University of Basel, if this is not possible, contact Dana Landau (dana.landau@swisspeace.ch)

Political science for post-truth politics - Focus West Africa

Time
19 February- 27 May 2020, Wednesdays 10:15-11:45
Module
DTM
ECTS
3
Institution
swisspeace, University of Basel
Lecturer
Dr. Joschka Philipps
Content

​In 2016, “post-truth” was declared the international word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries. It was defined as concerning “circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Such circumstances are supposedly becoming increasingly common in contemporary politics across the globe, and a growing body of literature has emerged on the issue. This seminar identifies methodological tools for the study of post-truth politics, discusses whether “post-truth” is an adequate umbrella term, and familiarizes students with interdisciplinary approaches to phenomena ranging from fake news, conspiracy theories, alternative facts, or, more broadly, heterogeneous perceptions of political truth and how they shape political dynamics. The seminar is divided into three sections. The first section presents the broader contemporary literature. It highlights and interactively experiments with innovative findings, approaches, and methodologies from political science, the cognitive sciences, political psychology, and sociology. The second section focuses on a range of case studies on conspiracy theories in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East, to consider how comparable they are across the three world regions. The third section finally zooms in on West Africa, a region that is rarely associated with the label of “post-truth politics”, but all the more with the phenomenon it describes. Highlighting contexts where independent and investigative journalism or institutionalized knowledge production are either absent or highly contested, this section demonstrates that “post-truth” politics may well be the rule rather than the exception. The seminar considers the implications of such cases for a political science of post-truth politics.

Place
University of Basel, Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum 207
Contact
Dana Landau (dana.landau@swisspeace.ch)
Registration
Register through University of Basel, if this is not possible, contact Dana Landau (dana.landau@swisspeace.ch)

Einführung in die internationalen Beziehungen

Time
19 February - 27 May 2020, Wednesdays 10:15-12:00
Module
DTM
ECTS
5
Institution
swisspeace, University of Basel
Lecturer
Prof. Laurent Goetschel
Content

​Der Kurs führt in die Konzepte und Theorien der internationalen Beziehungen ein. Dazu gehören Macht, Souveränität und Aussenpolitik sowie die verschiedenen Ausprägungen von Realismus, Liberalismus und Konstruktivismus. Ebenfalls behandelt werden kritische theoretische Ansätze sowie die Rolle von Normen und die Aussenpolitikanalyse. Die Konzepte und Theorien werden mit konkreten Beispielen aus der internationalen Politik illustriert und diskutiert. Dazu gehören etwa die Vereinten Nationen, regionale Integrationsprozesse, die Aussenpolitik der Schweiz sowie ausgewählte Politikfelder. Thematisiert werden auch problematische Aspekte der internationalen Politik im Umfeld der Globalisierung wie etwa die Inkongruenz zwischen Entscheidungsträgern und Betroffenen, die fehlende Legitimation von Entscheidungen sowie das internationale Machtgefälle. Den Abschluss bildet ein Ausblick auf denkbare neue Formen internationaler Politik und deren Erfolgschancen in Anbetracht aktueller geopolitischer Entwicklungen.

Place
University of Basel, Vesalianum - Nebengebäude, Grosser Hörsaal (EO.16)
Contact
Dana Landau (dana.landau@swisspeace.ch)
Registration
Register through University of Basel, if this is not possible, contact Dana Landau (dana.landau@swisspeace.ch)

Writing for an Academic Audience: The rules of scientific articles

Time
20 February (starting 12:15 for technical introduction); 12 & 26 March; 9 & 23 April; 7, 20 (attention this is a Wednesday) & 28 May 2020
Module
CPM
ECTS
3
Institution
CDE, University of Bern
Lecturer
Dr. Anne Zimmermann
Content

​Writing articles for peer-reviewed journals is a must for researchers, as this is the prime means of communicating exciting new results to the scientific community; moreover, an academic career is often evaluated on the basis of the number of peer-reviewed articles one has been able to publish in journals (if possible journals with high impact factors). It is therefore worth learning the rules of writing such articles at an early stage. This e-learning course is designed to introduce researchers to the rules and context of writing scientific articles and to provide researchers with opportunities to advance and improve their own writing. Eight webinars will lead participants through the essential rules, tools, and context of scientific writing, and provide time for questions and answers. Students will also have an opportunity to practice their skills in individual exercises, work on their scientific texts, and act as peers in group assignments. In addition, individual Skype coaching sessions will be offered in June-September 2018. Topics will include understanding who one’s audience is, choosing an appropriate journal, working on key messages, structuring an article (IMRAD), doing the different parts of an article efficiently, writing concisely and precisely, using paragraph structure and other language tricks, how to refer to relevant literature, doing tables and figures, and submitting an article and suggesting reviewers.
Completion of assignments is compulsory to pass the course. Students may miss no more than one webinar. A headset and installation of Adobe Flash Player are required to participate in the webinars.
Eligibility requirements: Max. 10 participants. Full members of the IGS North-South will be given priority. But international associate members are also encouraged to participate in this course.
Please consider that participating students need approx. 1 day for preparatory work between the sessions.
It is important that you have good internet access during the sessions. A headset and installation of Adobe Flash Player are required to participate in the webinars.


Learning objectives:
Participants have structured knowledge of, and the necessary skills for, planning scientific articles and writing them effectively; in particular, they know how to:
•    Identify their audience and tailor their key messages accordingly;
•    Structure a scientific paper according to acknowledged rules (“IMRAD”);
•    Write and revise their work for clarity and effectiveness;
•    Find help and tools when they work on their theses and prepare their articles for publication in reputed scientific journals.

Place
online
Contact
Dr. Anne Zimmermann (anne.zimmermann@cde.unibe.ch)
Registration
Please register by e-Mail (igs-north-south@cde.unibe.ch) by Monday 10 February 2020 at the latest; you will receive an Introductory Package to test your connection. If you do not have a Swiss Campus Account, please inform us by 7 February 2020 so that we can apply for a temporary University account for you

Zurich Lectures cum Graduate Seminar in Development Geography

Time
6 April7 April, 12 May, 26-27 May
Module
DTM
ECTS
1
Institution
DSGZ, University of Zurich
Lecturer
Matt Finn (lecture 7.4.; workshop 6.4.); Paul Langley (lecture 12.05.; no workshop); Sarah Smith (lecture 26.05; workshop 27.05.)
Content

​We invite an internationally renowned scholar for a public talk, a one-day workshop and for individual talks with PhD students.

In order to get the ECTS, you need to a) participate in one of the public lectures and write a summary about the talk (1-2 A4 pages) and b) participate in one workshop.

Place
Dept. of Geography, Winterthurerstr. 190, 8057 Zurich
Contact
Norman Backhaus (norman.backhaus@geo.uzh.ch)
Registration
Please register through Norman Backhaus (norman.backhaus@geo.uzh.ch)). Please include also a brief description of your research topic and affiliation.

Lausanne Doctoral Seminar in Political Ecology

Time
18 May 2-3 days in May or June 2020 (exact dates tbd)
Module
DTM
ECTS
1.5
Institution
IGD, University of Lausanne
Lecturer
René Véron
Content

​This two-three day interactive seminar seeks to build on the knowledge of both participants and facilitators to identify the value of Political Ecology approach, to survey recent developments, and to apply the approach to a concrete case in order to contribute to its evolution. 


Please note that this is a preliminary description, further details will follow within the next few weeks.

Place
Lausanne, UNIL
Contact
rene.veron@unil.ch
Registration
tba

Summer School: Ukraine – Opportunities and Challenges for Dialogue

Time
22 June - 26 June 2020, 08:45-17:15
Module
DTM
ECTS
3
Institution
swisspeace, University of Basel
Lecturer
Prof. Laurent Goetschel, Dr. David Lanz, Dr. Tatiana Kyselova, Dr. Anne Isabel Kraus, Natasha Cerny Ehtesam, other tbc
Content

​How can peace and conflict studies contribute to understanding conflict dynamics in Ukraine? What are the opportunities for conflict settlement in Ukraine through dialogue at the local, national and international levels? What obstacles do these efforts face? The 2020 swisspeace summer school provides an overview of current academic and policy debates on conflict resolution, dialogue and peacebuilding and critically reflects on their relevance for the Ukraine context. Following an introduction to peace and conflict theories and the architecture of international peacebuilding, participants will analyze the situation in Ukraine and reflect on opportunities and pitfalls for dialogue and conflict settlement in the current context. What are the main developments in Ukraine since 2014? Who are the key actors and what are the main drivers of conflict domestically and internationally? How can the root causes of the conflict be addressed? What is the status of the settlement process and what role do international actors play? Participants will discuss these questions with inputs from a faculty made up of senior practitioners and scholars. Participants also have the opportunity to work on specific topics relevant to the Ukraine context in the areas of dialogue, peacebuilding, mediation and state-building.

Place
University of Basel, Steinengraben 22, room 013A and 013B
Contact
Dana Landau (dana.landau@swisspeace.ch)
Registration
Register through University of Basel, if this is not possible, contact Dana Landau (dana.landau@swisspeace.ch)


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