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080005 VU B620 Society: Audio-Visual Media and Embodiment: (2021S)

A Practical Approach of Cultural Analysis

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 50 participants
Language: German, English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 03.03. 14:30 - 16:00 Digital
Wednesday 17.03. 14:30 - 16:00 Digital
Wednesday 17.03. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Wednesday 24.03. 14:30 - 16:00 Digital
Wednesday 24.03. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Wednesday 14.04. 14:30 - 16:00 Digital
Wednesday 14.04. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Wednesday 21.04. 14:30 - 16:00 Digital
Wednesday 21.04. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Wednesday 28.04. 14:30 - 16:00 Digital
Wednesday 28.04. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Wednesday 05.05. 14:30 - 16:00 Digital
Wednesday 05.05. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course aims to trace the sensory experience acquired through the use of audio-visual recording technologies that have been transforming our everyday lives. Recognizing the agency of both human and non-human actors in this relationship, we will revisit the history of media technologies while focusing on their performative capacities, and their effects on the human body, senses, and emotions. Media technologies will be approached as an extension of the embodied subject with its racial, gendered, and socio-economic issues.

Theoretical approaches to embodiment and audio-visual technologies will be drawn from film, media and cultural studies, sensory ethnography, and post-humanism. The practical aim of the course is to conduct research on our daily lives under the influence of digital media technologies -especially under the conditions of the pandemic. Students are encouraged to imagine their online classes as a field of ethnographic interrogation and cultural analysis and expected to create a (multi)media project which could be an ethnographic film, sound work, video or photographic essay. Experimentation with media is welcome!

No previous skills in audio-visual media production are required. The basics will be taught. We will embrace a Do-it-yourself approach and work with the tools we have at our disposal.

The language of the lecture is English. However, students are welcome to conduct their projects in German.

Assessment and permitted materials

It is a continuous assessment course and attendance is compulsory. You can only miss 2 sessions (2 times 90 minutes) or 1 blocked session (180 minutes).

* 20 points for active participation
* 30 points for presentations
* 45 points for (multi)media projects (15 minutes)
* 5 points for textual explanations of the project (max. 1 page)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Für den erfolgreichen Abschluss der LV sind zumindest 50 von 100 möglichen Punkten zu erreichen.
>= 87,5 sehr gut (1)
>= 75 gut (2)
>= 62,5 befriedigend (3)
>= 50 genügend (4)
< 50 nicht genügend (5)

Examination topics

Reading list

Association in the course directory

EC Kulturanalysen des Alltags

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