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GERM 206 Exile, Flight and Migration (in English)

Transnational narratives about exile, migration and integration in the German-speaking countries.

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Credits: 3


Status Section Activity Term Mode of Delivery Interval Days Start Time End Time Section Comments Course Requires
In-Person Attendance
GERM 206 001Lecture1Online Tue Thu11:0012:30

This course aims to introduce to the current themes and historical settings of exile, flight and migration. We will critically discuss topics such as diasporic and national belonging, asylum and integration politics, multiculturality and European cultural identity. All readings are in translation and focus on contemporary transnational German-language literature and film affected by migration. While the beginning of the course covers Jewish and political exile during National Socialism, the other parts deal with Germany as an immigration country since the fall of the wall in 1989, including its "Welcome Culture" as response to the global "refugee crisis" in 2015.

All course material is in English. We will not only look at the representation of refugees in literary texts, but also in mass media and film. Major texts and films are available either as ebooks, through UBC Canvas, or Library Online Course Reserves (LOCR). If possible, some reading sources will also be available at the UBC bookstore and at Koerner Library on reserve. Note: The course follows a hybrid structure of online instruction: All assignments for the asynchronous parts and all lecture notes (ppt) of the synchronous lessons will be posted on Canvas.

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