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240518 SE Digital Technologies as Material Culture (P4) (2020S)

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Participation at first session is obligatory!

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Details

max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Donnerstag 05.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Donnerstag 19.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Donnerstag 26.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Donnerstag 02.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Donnerstag 23.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Donnerstag 30.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Donnerstag 07.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Donnerstag 14.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Donnerstag 28.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Donnerstag 04.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Donnerstag 18.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Donnerstag 25.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This course gives an overview about material culture as a conceptual and practical approach to understand digital technologies. In doing so, it focuses on the everyday incorporation and utilization of digital technologies.

Mobile networked digital media technologies, such as smart phones, as well as social media platforms and services, such as Facebook or Instagram, have become important (visual) communication and (re)presentation tools. For social and cultural anthropology it is of particular interest how these digital devices and technologies are integrated and embedded into everyday life, by considering changing sociocultural, political and economic contexts. This course focuses in particular on the material aspects of digital technologies and how they are utilized on a day-to-day basis. Questions about the relevance of a material culture approach for (the understanding of) technology appropriation on a theoretical and practical level as well as questions about (culturally) different usage practices are discussed. How does the understanding and conceptualization of digital technology as material culture contribute to the exploration and analyses of contemporary and emerging sociocultural practices and processes in increasingly digital societies?
By working on different online case studies, students get a comparative overview about material culture in a digital context.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

~ essay or blog post
~ presentation
~ active participation during the course

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Course assessment comprises an essay or a blog post at the end of the semester (50%), the presentation of research projects (25%) and the active participation during the course by reading and discussing selected literature (25%). All assignments have to be completed to successfully pass the course. Course attendance is mandatory.

The lecturer can invite students to a grade-relevant discussion about partial achievements. Partial achievements that are obtained by fraud or plagiarized result in the non-evaluation of the course (entry 'X' in certificate). From winter term 2019/20 the plagiarism software 'Turnitin' will be used for courses with continuous assessment.

Prüfungsstoff

Literatur

Boellstorff, T., Nardi, B., Pearce, C. & T.L. Taylor. (2012). Ethnography and virtual worlds: A handbook of method. Princeton: Princeton University Press. (Chapter “Research design and preparation”).

Eglash, R. (2006). Technology as material culture. In C. Tilley, W. Keane, S. Küchler, M. Rowlands & P. Spyer (Eds.), Handbook of material culture (pp. 329240). London: Sage.

Favero, P. (2018). The present image: Visible stories in a digital habitat. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. (Chapter "Material images").

Miller, D., & Horst, H. (2012). The digital and the human: A prospectus for digital anthropology. In H. Horst & D. Miller (Eds.), Digital anthropology (pp. 3-35). London: Berg.

Miller, D., et al. (2016). How the world changed social media. London: UCL Press. https://www.uclpress.co.uk/products/83038. (Chapters "What is social media?" & "The future").

Pfaffenberger, B. (1992). Social anthropology of technology. Annual Review of Anthropology, 21, 491-516. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.an.21.100192.002423

Pink, et al. (2016). Digital ethnography: Principles and practice. London: Sage. (Chapter "Introduction").

Postill, J. (2017). Remote ethnography: Studying culture from afar. In L. Hjorth, H. Horst, A. Galloway & G. Bell (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to digital ethnography (pp. 61-69). New York: Routledge.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:21