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Mobilizing Subjects: Migration, Translation, Human Rights


DozentIn: Prof. Dr. phil. Peter Schneck

Veranstaltungstyp: Blockseminar

Ort: (WWU Münster): Montag. 13.02.23 - Mittwoch. 15.02.23 10:00 - 14:30, 41/111: Donnerstag. 16.02.23 - Freitag. 17.02.23 10:00 - 14:30

Zeiten: Termine am Montag. 13.02.23 - Freitag. 17.02.23 10:00 - 14:30

Beschreibung: When people move and attempt to change their place of habitation by migrating, they exercise a fundamental right to mobility. At the same time, however, they may create an insistent embarrassment, a challenge even to the fundamental definition of the legal subject by the state on the basis of citizenship. From this perspective, the protection of rights and privileges is linked to a specific form of territorial loyalty, meaning the willingness to stay within the limits of jurisdictional definitions and narratives which define what Liisa Malkki has called 'sedentarism' ("Seßhaftigkeit"). For individuals and groups who defy that logic of sedentarism, this means that they may become precarious 'moving subjects.'
This week-long intensive seminar is interested both in literary and legal responses to global forms of mobility and the various 'subjects' created and constituted by this mobility, e.g. migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and dislocated people in general, as 'subjects on the move.' Our focus will be on the intersection of migration, literature and human rights, asking specifically how literature and the law conceive of, negotiate, present, and finally translate mobile subjects as subjects of rights.

The seminar will be organized as a collaborative week-long workshop for advanced students in the English and American Studies master program and the teachers education master at the WWU Münster and Osnabrück University.
The seminar will take place February 13 to 17, 2023, with daily sessions from 10.00-14.30
The first three sessions (February 13-15th) will take place in Münster, the remaining two sessions (February 16-17th) and the final discussion will take place in Osnabrück.
A final schedule and course bibliography will be posted in due time on these pages. Students interested in joining the seminar are advised to contact the instructors in advance, as there will be two preparatory online meetings before the week-long seminar starts. The seminar may be attended on site only. Please note that there are only a limited number of spots available.


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