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Code CULT 454
Term 201402
Title Cultures of Migration
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject Cultural Studies(CULT)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Instructor(s) Annedith Schneider,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
Type of Course Click here to view.
(only for SU students)
Mode of Delivery Interactive lecture,Workshop,Seminar
Planned Learning Activities Interactive,Learner centered,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Project based learning

This course investigates forms of culture that arise out of migration. In rap music, internet blogs, puppetry and bilingual theater, as well as in the more traditional genres of literature and poetry, the course looks at how migrants and their descendents use cultural work to explore questions of identity, citizenship and community. The course may include work by migrants in and across Europe, the Americas, Asia or Africa; it will also look at the transnational connections migrants make among these different spaces. Students are encouraged to discover and analyze new cultural production in any media, using the theoretical resources developed over the semester.


This course investigates forms of culture that arise out of migration. In rap music, internet blogs, puppetry and bilingual theater, as well as in the more traditional genres of literature and poetry, the course looks at how migrants and their descendents use cultural work to explore questions of identity, citizenship and community. For their final projects students are encouraged to discover and analyze new cultural production, using the theoretical resources developed over the semester.

Learning Outcome

*Acquire knowledge of different genres of cultural production arising out of the experience of migration.
*Understand the social and political contexts of migration.
*Cultivate a critical approach to questions of identity, citizenship and community.
*Know how to conduct original research, using the methods of anthropological, sociological and textual analysis, as well as the methods of internet research.
*Know how to communicate orally and in writing the results of that research to an academic audience.

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 5
2 Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 5
3 Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 3
4 Communicate effectively by oral, written, graphical and technological means and have competency in English. 5
5 Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team. 4
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Arts & Social Sci.
1 Develop a thorough knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in the field and apply them in research design and data analysis. 5
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 5
3 Know how to access written and visual, primary and secondary sources of information, interpret concepts and data from a variety of sources in developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary analyses. 5
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Assignment 45
Term-Paper 40
Participation 10
Presentation 5
Recommended or Required Reading

Can Candan, Duvarlar/Mauern/Walls
That's the Joint! The Hip-Hop Studies Reader. Ed. Forman, Murray and Mark Anthony Neal. New York: Routledge, 2004. 541-56.
Alan Light. ?About a Salary or Reality??Rap?s Recurrent Conflict.? 137-145.
Paul Gilroy. ?It?s a Family Affair.? 87-94.
Tricia Rose. ?Never Trust a Big Butt and a Smile.? 291-306.

Prevos, Andre J.M. "Postcolonialist Popular Music in France." Global Noise: Rap and Hip-Hop Outside the USA. Ed. Mitchell, Tony. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2001. 39-56.

Burul, Yesim. "The World of Aziza A.: Third Space in Identities." New Perspectives on Turkey 28-29 (2003): 209-28.

Silverstein, Paul A. "'Why Are We Waiting to Start the Fire?': French Gansta Rap and the Critique of State Capitalism." 45-67. Black, Blanc, Beur: Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture. Ed. Durand, Alain-Philippe. Oxford: Scarecrow Press, 2002.

Ahmed, Sara. "Home and away: Narratives of migration and estrangement." International Journal of Cultural Studies 2.3 (1999): 329-47.

Al-Ali, Nadje and Koser, Khalid, (eds.). Introduction to New Approaches to Migration. Transnational Communities and the Transformation of Home. London: Routledge.
Simon, Patrick, and Valerie Sala Pala. "'We're Not All Multiculturalists Yet': France Swings between Hard Integration and Soft Anti-Discrimination." The Multiculturalism Backlash: European Discourses, Policies and Practices. Eds. Steven Vertovec and Susanne Wessendorf. New York: Routledge, 2010. 92-110.
Favell, Adrian. Philosophies of Integration: Immigration and the Idea of Citizenship in France and Britain. Houndsmills: Palgrave, 2001. 1-39.

Fatih Ak?n, Kebab Connection (2004)
Sirkeci, Ibrahim. "Migration from Turkey to Germany: An Ethnic Approach." New Perspectives on Turkey 28-29 (2003): 189-207.
Glick Schiller, Nina. Beyond Methodological Ethnicity: Local and Transnational Pathways of Immigrant Incorporation (selections). Malmo: Malmo University, 2008.
Soysal, Levent. "Beyond the 'second generation': Rethinking the Place of Migrant Youth Culture in Berlin." Challenging Ethnic Citizenship: German and Israeli Perspectives on Immigration. New York: Berghahn Books, 2002. 121-36.

Merolla, Daniela. "'Migrant Websites,' WebArt, and Digital Imagination." Migrant Cartographies: New Cultural and Literary Sapce in Post-Colonial Europe. Ed. Ponzanesi, Sandra and Daniella Merolla. Oxford: Lexington Books, 2005. 79-92.
Mainsah, Henry. "'I could well have said I was Norwegian but nobody would believe me': Ethnic minority youths' self-representation on social network sites." European Journal of Cultural Studies 14.2 (2011): 179-193.
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Shaun Tan, The Arrival. Sydney: Hodder Children?s Books, 2007 [2006].
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Shailja Patel, Migritude. Kaya Press, 2010.

Matthieu Kassovitz, La Haine/Hate (1995)
Derrida, Jacques. On Cosmopolitanism and Forgiveness. Routledge, 2001. 3-24.
Derrida, Jacques. "The Principle of Hospitality - An Interview with Jacques Derrida." Parallax 34 (2005): 6-9.

Sebbar, Leila. Silence on the Shores. of Nebraska P, 2000 [1993].
Rosello, Mireille. Introduction to Postcolonial Hospitality: The Immigrant as Guest. Stanford, Standford UP, 2001.

Kaya, Ayhan. "Constructing Communities in Turkish Diaspora: A Quest for Politics." Nationalisms and Politics in Turkey: Political Islam, Kemalism and the Kurdish Issue. Eds. Casier, Marlies and Joost Jongerden. London: Routledge, 2010. 165-81.
Martin, Biddy and Chandra Talpade Mohanty. "Feminist Politics: What's Home Got to Do with It?" Feminist Studies Critical Studies. Ed. Lauretis, Teresa de. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1988. 191-212.
Hron, Madelaine. Translating Pain: Immigrant Suffering in Literature and Culture. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009. (selections)