Harald Fischer-Tiné: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2017

Name Prof. Dr. Harald Fischer-Tiné
FieldThe History of the Modern World
Institut für Geschichte
ETH Zürich, RZ G 24
Clausiusstrasse 59
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 69 15
DepartmentHumanities, Social and Political Sciences
RelationshipFull Professor

851-0101-07LScience and Colonialism
Does not take place this semester.
3 credits2SH. Fischer-Tiné
AbstractThe course explores the multifaceted entanglements between inperialism and science. It provides a detailed anlaysis of the relevance colonial constellations had for the rise of disciplines such as geography, anthropology, botany, tropical medicine, "race science", etc.
ObjectiveThis course is designed to enable students to critically contextualise the production of scientific and technological knowledge. Besides, it aims at making them understand complex theory-oriented writings in the humanities and social sciences and become acquainted with the method of advanced historical source analysis.

COHN, Bernard, Colonialism and its Forms of Know¬ledge The British in India, Delhi 1997, S. 3-15.

BALLANTYNE, Tony, ‘Colonial Knowledge’, in: S. Stockwell (Hg.), The British Empire: Themes and Perspectives, Malden-Oxford-Carlton, 2008, S. 177-197.

FISCHER-TINE, Harald, Pidgin-Knowledge: Wissen und Kolonialismus, Zürich-Berlin 2013.
Prerequisites / NoticeA detailed syllabus will be available as from 15 February 2016
851-0101-33LGlobalgeschichte, Themen und Konjunkturen seit dem 19. Jahrhundert Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 30
3 credits2SH. Fischer-Tiné
AbstractFor more than a century, historians have attempted to transcend a national perspective on historical problems and develop various approaches to adequately deal with transnational phenomena of the past. The first part focusses on six prominent examples of such endeavours the second analyses key texts of of "global history", thereby idenfying the main themes and methods of the emerging field.
ObjectiveThrough intense reading and discussion of the theory oriented secondary literature, the participants will be introduced to one of the most exciting new fields of historical inquiry.
851-0101-36LDrugs and Empires: Perspectives on the Trade, Consumption and Control of Intoxicants (c. 1700-2000) Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 30
3 credits2SH. Fischer-Tiné
AbstractThe course will look at the historical trajectory of the interaction between the politics of colonial or quasi-colonial empires and the cultivation, trade, and consumption of mood altering substances (c.1750-2000). Apart from the economic aspects of trafficking, cultural and social consequences of production and consumption on both sides of the imperial divide are put under scrutiny.
ObjectiveThe course aims at providing historical background knowledge regarding the controversies on international drug trafficking and the fight against it. It is designed to enhance the students' capability to deconstruct normative discourses, thus fostering their analytical skills and sharpening their critical acumen. This does not only relate to the problems of a mere historical nature, as the topic under study still is of critical relevance today.
853-0726-00LHistory II: Global (Anti-Imperialism and Decolonisation, 1905-1975)3 credits2VH. Fischer-Tiné
AbstractThe lecture will give an insight into the formation of anticolonial nationalist movements in Asia and Africa from the beginning of the 20th century onwards and discuss the various dimensions of dismantling of colonial empires.
ObjectiveThe lecture will give students an insight into the history of the non-European world, looking specifically into the political, economic, social and cultural transformation on the backgrounds of colonial penetration strategies and the resistance of anti-colonial movements. The aim is to show that societies in Asia and Africa are not just the product of colonial penetration or anti-colonial resistance, but that both aspects influenced the present political, economic, social and cultural perception of these parts of the world to a considerable extent. A nuanced knowledge of the long and arduous process of decolonisation is hence important to understand today's geopolitical constellation, still characterised by the struggle for a just post-imperial world order.
LiteratureJansen, J.C. und Osterhammel, J., Decolonization: A short History, Princeton and London 2017.
Prerequisites / NoticeA detailed syllabus will be available from Feb 22nd 2016 at http://www.gmw.ethz.ch/en/teaching/lehrveranstaltungen.html
862-0002-17LResearch Colloquium History of Knowledge (FS 2017) Restricted registration - show details
Only for MAGPW students, D-GESS PHD and D-ARCH PHD students.

This colloquium is highly recommended for first and second semester MAGPW students.
2 credits1K + 1AK. M. Espahangizi, M. Hagner, H. Fischer-Tiné, D. Gugerli, A. Kilcher, P. Sarasin, P. Ursprung, L. Wingert
AbstractThe colloquium of the ZGW focuses on present developments, debates and perspectives in the field of history of knowledge.
ObjectiveThe colloquium deals with the general problems, questions and methods of the interdisciplinary research field "The history of knowledge". Knowledge has become one of the existential conditions of modern societies and it increasingly determines their dynamics. Therefore, it is getting more and more relevant to develop a differentiated analysis of the epistemic, social and cultural constraints of the production, circulation and the decay of knowledge. In addition, the colloquium asks after the cultural and ethical resonances of knowledge not only within science but also in relation to art, literature, technology, everyday life, and so on.
Prerequisites / NoticeKurzfristige Veranstaltungshinweise und Programmänderungen werden über den ZGW Newsletter kommuniziert, daher bitte auf www.zgw.ethz.ch/de/newsletter.html eintragen!

Kreditpunkte können durch regelmässige Teilnahme und die Abfassung eines Essays (o.ä.m., Umfang: 5-7 Seiten) über das Thema eines der Vorträge erworben werden. Zusätzlich zu den Kolloquiumsterminen muss an einem weiteren Termin (nach Absprache anfangs Semester) ein vertiefendes Begleitseminar besucht werden (Dozent: Kijan Espahangizi).

Es besteht die Möglichkeit zur parallelen kostenlosen Kinderbetreuung vor Ort.
862-0078-03LResearch Colloquium. Extra-European History and Global History (FS 2017)
For PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. Masterstudents are welcome.
2 credits1KH. Fischer-Tiné, M. Dusinberre
AbstractThe fortnightly colloquium provides a forum for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers to present and discuss their current work. Half of the slots are reserved for presentations by invited external scholars.
ObjectivePhD students will have an opportunity to improve their presentation skills and obtain an important chance to receive feedback both from peers and more advanced scholars.
Prerequisites / NoticeAs of 15 September 2016 dates and the detailled program will be available, please check http://www.gmw.ethz.ch/