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FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES (L53)  (Dept. Info)Arts & Sciences  (Policies)SP2021

L53 Film 479Identity and Culture in the Digital Age - A Seminar in Interdisciplinary Approaches to Culture & Fil3.0 Units
Description:We have become intimately and persistently intertwined with digital media. So many of our experiences and interactions, such as friendship, dating, and work, are mediated through these technologies. The ubiquity of digital media comes with major changes in the way we make sense of our identities, relationships, and communities. This course is an interdisciplinary seminar addressing the relationship between developments in digital media and changing conceptions of self and society. We will approach this topic by engaging with scholarship in film and media studies, as well as perspectives from related fields like software studies, critical algorithm studies, and histories of science and technology. The course will analyze issues such as the intersection of gender, race, and sexuality with technological development and will critique and evaluate different theories of digital selfhood such as the cyborg or the posthuman. We will ask such questions as: Who are we when we interact with and through digital devices? What pleasures and fantasies drive our digital engagements? How do digital media shape our labor in addition to our leisure? How do pre-existing cultural understandings of race, gender, and sexuality influence digital culture? By surveying digital media and computers, as well as their representations in film and television, we will explore how digital media help us imagine and perform alternative experiences of self, embodiment, and sociality both on and offline. REQUIRED Weekly or biweekly screenings or hands-on media labs on Monday @ 4pm
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:CP Fees:
Course Type:HomeSame As:N/AFrequency:Every 2-3 Years / History
SecDays       TimeBuilding / RoomInstructorFinal ExamSeatsEnrollWaits
01M-W----11:30A-12:50PTBAHiluMay 12 2021 10:30AM - 12:30PM1500
REG-DelayStart: 1/25/2021   End: 5/13/2021


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