Universität Wien

124070 VO Culture, Society and the Media (2021S)

Human and Nonhuman Bodies: Representing Animals, Environments, and Machines in Media

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").



Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Since at least the Renaissance, the "human" has been the central, organising concept of cultural, philosophical, scientific, political, economic, historical, literary and critical debates. However, in recent years significant theoretical developments and advancements in animal studies, nonhuman studies, posthumanism, ecocriticsm, and ecofeminism have challenged the correctness and ethics of studying culture exclusively through theoretical paradigms and constructions that centre and elevate 'the human’. By focusing rather on media representations, narratives and experiences of animals, landscapes, machines, networks, cyborgs, and AI in diverse historical contexts, cultural practices, and representational modes, together we will explore the very notion of culture (what it excludes and why, its unspoken assumptions and exploitations) and consider how, in an increasingly mechanised and digitised cultural realm, the limits of the human are being redrawn.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Final exam based on the course materials

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

All content covered in the lecture series will be relevant for the final exam, which will count for the entirety of the participant's grade. The benchmark for passing the exam is at 60%.
Grades in %:
1 (very good): 90-100
2 (good): 80-89
3 (satisfactory): 70-79
4 (pass): 60-69
5 (fail): 0-59


All content covered in the lecture series will be relevant for the exam.


The following films will be discussed in detail in the course (more to be announced, including TV shows)
Metropolis (dir. Fritz Lang, 1927)
The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963)
Blade Runner (dir. Ridley Scott, 1982)
Ghost in the Shell (dir. Mamoru Oshii, 1995)
Avatar (dir. James Cameron, 2009)
Rubber (dir. Quentin Dupieux, 2010)
The Shape of Water (dir. Guillermo del Toro, 2017)
Disney & Pixar: Pocahontas (1995), Wall-E, Moana (2016)

Computer games including Zero Dawn Horizon, Anima Crossing, Fallout 3.

A playlist will be made in advance for songs and albums to be discussed in detail

The following theoretical texts will be discussed in detail:
Jacques Derrida, "The Animal that Therefore I Am" (2008)
Jane Bennett, "Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things" (2009)
Stacey Alaimo, "Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self" (2010)
Val Plumwood, "Feminism and the Mastery of Nature" (1993)
Donna Haraway, "The Cyborg Manifesto" (1985)
Rosi Braidotti, diverse works
(more to come)

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Studium: BA 612, EC 125, EC 126; BEd 046
Code/Modul: BA07.1, EC Cultural and Regional Studies 1; BEd Modul 10
Lehrinhalt: 12-4070

Letzte Änderung: Fr 12.05.2023 00:16