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240527 SE Body Cultures in Popular Art (P4) (2021S)

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Participation at first session is obligatory!

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). The plagiarism software 'Turnitin' will be used for courses with continuous assessment.


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


max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

The course will be digital.

Mittwoch 10.03. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Mittwoch 24.03. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Mittwoch 14.04. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Mittwoch 28.04. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Mittwoch 12.05. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Mittwoch 26.05. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Mittwoch 09.06. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Mittwoch 23.06. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This seminar is focused on conveying an understanding of concepts and practises of representing body and the notion of 'popular art'. In researching representations of the human body - fashions and forms, socio-cultural norms and ideals and economical and political realities as they are articulated through depicting and making use of the body.

The seminar is based on everyone’s active participation. In each class students are introduced to seminal readings and core analytical approaches. The course makes use of interactive and peer group discussions, short impulse presentations as well as audio-visual and other materials in each session. The goal of this seminar is to enable students to carry out their own anthropological research within the field of body and art.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Continuous assessment.
Collective exchange of ideas, collaboration in peer groups and intensive discussion based on recommended readings (15%), short presentations with handout (20%), concept paper for final essay (15%), final essay (approx. 3000 words, excl. footnotes and bibliography) (50%).

Delivery of final paper: 31. 07. 2021

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Online-Attendance at class hours is required and has to be noted on Moodle. Independently researching literature and other materials needed for discussing selected topics is necessary and expected of every participant.


The assessment load is constituted by notions, concepts and approaches that are presented, examined and debated in the course as well as the discussed ethnographic case studies; all work done by the participants, whether collectively or independently.


Carl L. Becker 1994: The Subversive Imagination: Artists, Society, and Responsibility. New York: Routledge.

Marvin Carlson 2013: Performance: A Critical Introduction. Routledge.

Mariam Fraser & Monica Greco 2004: The Body. A Reader. Routledge (2020 Kindle edition).

Coco Fusco:
Fusco, Coco. English is Broken Here. New York: The New Press, 1995.
Fusco, Coco (editor). Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas. London and New York: Routledge, 2000.
Fusco, Coco. Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self. New York: International Center of Photography in Association with Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Publishers, 2003.
Fusco, Coco. A Field Guide for Female Interrogators, New York, Seven Stories Press, 2008
Fusco, Coco. Dangerous Moves: Performance and Politics in Cuba, Tate Publishing, 2015

John Fiske 2017: Reading the Popular. Taylor & Francis
Ltd./Routledge (2nd rev.Ed.).
John Fiske 2010: Understanding the Popular. Taylor & Francis Ltd. (2nd rev.Ed.).

Stuart Hall & Paddy Whannel (Eds.) 2018: The Popular Arts. Duke University Press (orig. pub. Pantheon 1965).
John Fiske & Black Hawk Hancock 2016: Power Plays, Power Works. Routledge.

Marcel Mauss:
Marcel Mauss 1934/36: "Les techniques du corps" (1934) Journal de Psychologie 32 (3–4). Reprinted in Mauss, Sociologie et anthropologie, 1936, Paris: PUF.
Marcel Mauss 1979: Sociology and Psychology: Essays. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 102, 114-15.

Brenda M. Farnell 2018: "Techniques of the Body." In: International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, Wiley Online Library.

Tim Ingold 1999: "THREE IN ONE: ON DISSOLVING THE DISTINCTIONS BETWEEN BODY, MIND AND CULTURE". http://lchc.ucsd.edu/mca/Paper/ingold/ingold2.htm

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mi 21.04.2021 11:27