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On being white and other issues of Racialisation, Class and Gender in Eastern European Migratory Movements West

Dr. Darja Klingenberg

MA-Seminar: KGMOE: Wahlmodul: Menschen - Artefakte - Visionen // MASS: Wahlpflichtmodul: Gender Studies und Queer Theory

3/6/9 ECTS

Di, 14:15 - 15:45 Uhr

Ort: GD 204

Veranstaltungsbeginn: 18.10.2022

This seminar focuses on contemporary migratory movements from Central and Eastern Europe as well as post-Soviet Countries to the West and explores conceptualization and empirical studies on race, class, gender in this field: How did Polish migrants in the UK became objects of heated racist debates during the Brexit-discussions? How to understand the labor market and social position of Central and Eastern Europeans as well as Russian speaking migrants in current European migration regimes? What does it mean to speak about privilege and whiteness in relation to Russian German and Russian Speaking Jewish migrants in a German migration society? How do gendered, classed and racializing discourses produce the image of a hyper-sexualized Eastern European or Russian feminity or anti-democratic Eastern European man? How to analyze the hierarchizations of people fleeing the war in Ukraine, distinctions between Ukrainians, seen as European and culturally close and third nationals who used to life in Ukraine? And how does whiteness or claims to whiteness play out in encounters in diverse migration societies? Building upon these research questions in contemporary migration studies as well as political discussions this seminar studies the theoretical and empirical conceptions of racialization, whiteness, Europeanness, privilege and deservingness. The seminar is structured into three parts. In a first part we discuss exemplary studies on whiteness and deservingness among Central and Eastern European as well as Russian speaking migrants. There we develop an understanding of these migrations and conceptual challenges and empirical problems when studying them. In a second part we read and explore classical and contemporary critical race literature on racialization, whiteness, privilege, orientalization as well as historical accounts on processes of becoming white and Race in Eastern Europe/Russia. Through these we grasp the changing, time and space specific aspects of privilege and discrimination, racialization and social upward mobility. In a last part we return to contemporary debates and empirical studies and engage with their methodologies and concepts. Last but not least we discuss further research questions and conceptualizations for a intersectional analysis of migrants from them global East and a debate on social inequality in Europe and beyond.

To successfully participate in this class you are expected to critically engage with the literature and the contributions on race and its intersections with class, sexuality, gender in the seminar context. The seminar literature will be primarily in English, depending on the students taking this class we will accommodate a discussion in English or German. You can submit your written contributions in English or German. A general interest in learning about racism, unlearning and questioning established understandings is helpful, there is no need to have studied the migratory movements or studies on racism we going to discuss beforehand. I am committed to create a learning atmosphere that encourages curiosity and critical thinking with a diverse student body. You should be open to learn about ways to explore ambivalences, contradictions and conflicts when discussing intersecting inequalities in a sensitive and respectful manner.

3 ECTS active participation and 5 Reading-Diaries on specific texts uploaded on the moodle plattform 6 ECTS active participation in a group presentation and Essay of 6-10 pages or active participation, 5 Reading-Diaries on specific texts uploaded on the moodle plattform and Essay of 6-10 pages 9 ECTS active participation in a group presentation and a seminar paper of 20-25 pages.

Di, 18.10.-20.12.22, 14:15-15:45 Uhr, Ort: GD 204
Fr, 06.01.2023, 11:15-17:45 Uhr, Ort: GD 305

Sprache: Englisch