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120692 PS Proseminar Cultural and Media Studies (2022S)

The Cultural Politics of Streaming

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
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. 20 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 09.03. 10:15 - 11:45 Digital
Wednesday 16.03. 10:15 - 11:45 Digital
Wednesday 23.03. 10:15 - 11:45 Digital
Wednesday 30.03. 10:15 - 11:45 Digital
Wednesday 06.04. 10:15 - 11:45 Digital
Wednesday 27.04. 10:15 - 11:45 Digital
Wednesday 04.05. 10:15 - 11:45 Digital
Wednesday 11.05. 10:15 - 11:45 Digital
Wednesday 18.05. 10:15 - 11:45 Digital
Wednesday 25.05. 10:15 - 11:45 Digital
Wednesday 01.06. 10:15 - 11:45 Digital
Wednesday 08.06. 10:15 - 11:45 Digital
Wednesday 15.06. 10:15 - 11:45 Digital
Wednesday 22.06. 10:15 - 11:45 Digital
Wednesday 29.06. 10:15 - 11:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

In this class we will critically engage with the “promise of diversity” (Warner 2021) that streaming providers like Netflix are frequently imbued with. In the current moment of peak television, a record of originally scripted shows and films are now available, many of which are also celebrated because of their refreshing representations foregrounding the complex intersections of race, class, gender, and ability.
In the tradition of cultural studies, we will ask about structures and agency in meaning-making processes related to streaming and diversity: (How) Does representation matter? How are diversity discourses shaping cultural production in the context of streaming culture? Who benefits from the way diversity is mobilized within cultural industries? Do brands minimize risks through diversity? When is diversity a form of racial capitalism? Who is the audience? Why are many black media scholars still wary of the promise of diversity of streaming? Why have transgender employees recently left Netflix in response to how it handled responses to Dave Chapelle’s latest comedy special?
Through readings, discussions, and their own research, students will be equipped with the tools, arguments, and the wider discourses around the promises, limits, and contradictions of diversity and streaming (and especially original streaming productions).
Moreover, students will develop academic skills of drafting, writing and revising an academic paper.
Students are required to have access to Netflix.

Assessment and permitted materials

active participation in class and via moodle, continuous preparatory readings, participation in small research and feedback groups, an individual research paper proposal, and an individual pro-seminar paper

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Part 1: Participation: (e.g. active in-class participation, forum posts, presentation, research tasks, peer review tasks): 40 credits
Part 2: Individual research proposal (700 words +/-10%) 10 credits
Part 3: Proseminar paper (3500 words +/-10%, word count excluding bibliography): 50 credits

Overall Score of 100%, pass-mark 60%
(extra-credits possible in part 1)

1: 100-90 credits
2: 89-80 credits
3: 79-70 credits
4: 69-60 credits
5: 59-0 credits

In order to pass, you need to fulfil each individual requirement and complete tasks on time. You can miss two classes.
The plagiarism detection software Turnitin will be used on most written assignments (research proposal, proseminar paper).

Examination topics

Everything that has been covered in class. For some tasks you will have to do additional research.
There will be no written exam.

Reading list

Anamik, Saha & Sandra van Lente (2022) Diversity, media and racial capitalism: a case study on publishing, Ethnic and Racial Studies 45
Gonzalez-Sobrino, Bianca, et al. (2018) On-Demand Diversity? The Meanings of Racial Diversity in Netflix Productions. Brill
Hall, Stuart (1997) Representation and the Media. Media education foundation
Warner, Kristen (2021) “Blue Skies Again: Streamers and the Impossible Promise of Diversity.” Los Angeles Review of Books.
more readings will be announced via moodle

Association in the course directory

Studium: BA 612;
Code/Modul: BA09.1;
Lehrinhalt: 12-4040

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