Universität Wien FIND

240520 VO Political symbolism in objects of material culture, illustrated by selected iconic examples (P4) (2021W)


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Language: English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

ATTENTION: Due to the current deteriorating Covid situation, the course will be conducted as an online-only event from the beginning.
If the situation allows, there will be a change to a face-to-face event in the course of the semester.

Monday 04.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 11.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 18.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 25.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 08.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 15.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 22.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 29.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 06.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 13.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 10.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 17.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 24.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Political symbolism in objects of material culture, illustrated by selected iconic examples. Ethnographic objects, not only in museums, can be carriers of multi-layered messages and have several levels of content that specifically address different interest groups. Using examples, discourses of power and domination are scrutinised, as are the symbolism, the intentions of the producers and the reactions of consumers, both contemporary and recent.

Assessment and permitted materials

At the end of the lecture there is the possibility of a one-hour written (online) examination (4 dates to this), in which four questions are asked, all of which must be answered and are assessed equally. the first examination date takes place in the last hour unit of the semester.
Permitted aids: will be specified in the course.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

1.) Positive assessment of the one-hour written examination (at least half of the 16 points must be achieved. 4 questions are assessed with four points each. There must be assessable content for all questions.
Scoring key: grade 1 (15-16 pts), grade 2 (13-14 pts), grade 3 (11-12 pts), grade 4 (9-10 pts), grade 5 (8 or less pts).
2.) Participation in the lecture by asking questions and taking part in discussions.
The ratio of 1.) to 2.) is nevertheless 100:0.

Examination topics

The examination material is specifically discussed and given in the lecture. References to necessary compulsory literature are given and partly provided as pdf on the moodle platform.

Reading list

2002 "Subjects and objects in Samoa : ceremonial mats have a 'soul'", chap. 1 in Bernard Juillerat et Monique Jeudy-Ballini (eds), People and Things: Social Mediations in Oceania. Durham, Carolina Academic Press

Association in the course directory

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