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124263 KO Critical Media Analysis (2019S)

Subcultures-Countercultures

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Details

max. 30 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Dienstag 19.03. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Dienstag 26.03. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Dienstag 02.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Dienstag 09.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Dienstag 30.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Dienstag 07.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Dienstag 14.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Dienstag 21.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Dienstag 28.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Dienstag 04.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Dienstag 18.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Dienstag 25.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Tracing relations between counter-hegemonic forces and subcultures and debates on resistance to pre-defined subject-positioning, we will consider how we are to define the notion of “sub-culture/s” within a theoretical negotiation of culture and cultural hegemony. Is it a term indicating a relation to be thought as hierarchically put “beneath” (?), positioned within (?), opposed to (?) dominant culture/s? How do subcultures come into being – what are their cultural histories and social practices? What is the difference between concepts of “subculture” and “counter-culture? We will consider a range of theoretical approaches which will shed some interesting light on the theoretical twighlight-zone which subcultures pose while, at the same time, appearing as flamboyant spaces of/for “outsiders”.
The course’s overall paradigm will be Hebdige’s notion that “subculture is … a declaration of independence, of Otherness, of alien intent, a refusal of anonymity of subordinate status. It is an Insubordination. And at the same time, it is also a confirmation of the fact of powerlessness, a celebration of impotence”. (35)
Based on a discussion of the Foucaultian and poststructuralist background of Hebidge’s concept, we will encounter a variety of subcultures and analyse in detail how they react to and/or interact with diverse master-discourses of dominant cultures. Our focus will be put on four major perspectives on hegemonic master-discourses and the subcultural responses to these where we will examine how dialectical and/or fluid the boundaries are between them:
(1) Cultural (-patriarchal) significations of the body, gender & frames of sexual identity vs. drag & performance/ bisexuality and cultural repudiation/ “the building of the body” and phallicism
(2) Subversive re-inscriptions of public and private spaces: graffiti activism and ‘social figurations’ (Elias) of tattoo-subculture
(3) Subcultural ideological/political, and/or music & style communities as formations against political/moral/ethnical cultural dogma: historical influences, bricolage, counter-bricolage and intertextuality: Rebellion and Cultural Melancholia - Romanticist influences on the 1980s Gothic/Indie movement // transgression and oneness: Hippie influences on the 1990s formations of Rave and Goa subcultures of a ‘social divine’ (Maffesoli) // Capitalism vs Punk/Electro-Punk: radical anarchy, provocation and the commercialisation of the Unpleasant // transcoding of racial identity in Reggae, HipHop and “Black Hairstyle Politics” (Mercer)
(4) Virtual bodies/identities and media-subcultures vs. dominant cultural conceptions of normative social identity; analysis of desires and fears expressed in/by virtual spaces about dominant discourses. Considerations of a “global underground” – relations of the subcultural and the cosmopolitan.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Regular Participation
Oral Presentation (10-15 mins)
Participation in Plenum Discussions
Final Written Paper (3500 words)

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Prüfungsstoff

Literatur

In the respective units we will be concerned with theoretical approaches as well as practical application & analysis.

Provided on MOODLE: a variety of theoretical texts and numerous examples of cultural and subcultural texts from media, commerce, film, art, literature + students will be asked to research examples on their own for plenum discussions.
Students will be regularly informed via E-Mail.
Topic-Sheets (including info on topics + bibliography) will be provided for presenters and other plenum-activities.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Studium: UF 344, BA 612, BEd 046/407
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.5-426, BA07.3; BEd 08a.2, BEd 08b.1
Lehrinhalt: 12-4260

Letzte Änderung: Mi 03.07.2019 08:27