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Lehrveranstaltungen im SS 2018


The Haves and the Have-Mores: The Global Rich in the Worldwide Inequality Structure

Seminar, Monday 4-6 pm c.t., KG IV Übungsraum 1

The gap between the rich and the poor has been widening fast in the past decades, leading to unprecedented levels of wealth and income inequalities in the last few years. According to a recent Oxfam report, the richest 1% of the
world’s population now has more wealth than the rest of the world combined. The year 2017 saw the biggest increase in billionaires in history, one more every two days. This huge increase could have ended global extreme poverty seven times over. 82% of all wealth created in 2017 went to the top 1%, and nothing went to the bottom 50%. Women are in the worst work, and almost all the super-rich are men.
The seminar takes these extreme levels of wealth and income inequality alongside their gender disparities as a point of departure for a look into the past and present mechanisms of wealth accumulation and inequality production under capitalism - from plantation slavery in the Caribbean, to the demand for luxury goods in Europe and up to the commodification of citizenship today.


Dynamics of Inequalities in a Global Perspective

Seminar, Wednesday, 2-4 pm c.t., KG IV Mediaraum

Patterns of inequality associated with global capital have been reconfigured in different contexts and have historically produced varied results. Yet treatments of global inequality commonly take Euro- and U.S.-centric models of linear
development and comparisons of national income and its distribution as a point of departure for analysis. In order to explain how complex socioeconomic hierarchies including, but not limited to class, reinforce inequalities among
social groups around the globe, the course deals instead with recent approaches that transcend Euro- and U.S.-centric models of analysis and trace contemporary patterns of inequality back to the history of imperial and colonial
power. The goal is to reintroduce into the scholarly dialogue on inequality a broader understanding of ascriptive hierarchies of race, gender, caste, and national citizenship and their relationship to colonial conquest, enslavement
and labor migrations as interrelated contexts of the global production and reproduction of inequality patterns.