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

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

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
VOR-ORT

An/Abmeldung

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

Details

Sprache: Englisch

Prüfungstermine

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Dienstag 05.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Dienstag 12.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Dienstag 19.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Dienstag 09.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Dienstag 16.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Dienstag 23.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Dienstag 07.12. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Dienstag 14.12. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Dienstag 11.01. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Dienstag 18.01. 08:00 - 09:30 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03

Information

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 90 minute exam based on the course materials.
The exam will have 3 parts:
Part 1: Students are required to answer 5 of 6 questions asking for definitions of/reflections on core concepts and theories from our course with media examples.
Part 2: Students are required to answer 5 of 6 questions asking for definitions of/reflections on core concepts and theories from our course with media examples.
Part 3: Write a short essay (intro, analysis, conclusion) on the cultural text given using 5 keywords the way they are used in Nonhuman Studies.

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

Prüfungsstoff

All content covered in the lecture series will be relevant for the exam. In particular, students are required to define and discuss the key theoretical concepts discussed in the lectures from nonhuman studies, animal studies, ecocriticism and posthumanism, and to apply them to a given piece of media.

Literatur

Jacques Derrida, "The Animal That Therefore I Am" [Excerpts on Moodle]
Val Plumwood, "Feminism and the Mastery of Nature" [Excerpts on Moodle]
Roxana Preda, "The Angel in the Ecosystem Revisited: Disney's Pocahontas and Postmodern Ethics"
Jane Bennett, "Vibrant Matter" [Excerpts on Moodle]
Donna J. Haraway, "The Cyborg Manifesto"
N. Katherine Hayles, "How We Became Posthuman" [Excerpts on Moodle]
Mark Nixon, "Slow Violence" [Excerpts on Moodle]
Julia Kristeva, "Powers of Horror" [Excerpts on Moodle]

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: Di 28.09.2021 09:08