Universität Wien FIND

240521 SE New Identities, Cultural Performance and Media (P4) (2018S)

Continuous assessment of course work

Participation at first session is obligatory!


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 16.03. 11:30 - 14:45 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Friday 20.04. 11:30 - 16:30 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Saturday 21.04. 11:30 - 16:30 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Friday 08.06. 11:30 - 16:30 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Saturday 09.06. 11:30 - 16:30 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

Participants will acquire competences for an anthropological analysis of multiple interconnections between cultural performance, media and identities as part of the construction and enactment of cultural configurations in changing contexts. This seminar can also be used as a preparation for the methods/field seminar 'Ritual and Cultural Performance' (winter term 2018).
Cultural performances comprise a wide range elements that are closely linked to the construction and representation of identities. They also constitute an important feature of global cultural flows, shape processes of cultural transfer and hybridization, and are in turn shaped by them. On the one hand, the seminar will focus on theoretical concepts that help to analyse such cultural practises at the interface of performance, ritual, media, material culture and visual culture in connection with processes of cultural/social transformation, globalisation, post colonialism and transcultural processes. We will investigate case studies in connection with Indian cinema, globalisation and diaspora on the one hand, and the performance of indigeneity on the other hand.
The seminar will take place in three parts. The first section (March 16) is dedicated to a general introduction to the topic and the structure of the seminar; the second session (April 20/21) will focus on central concepts in connection with media content of related cultural performances as well as on the discussion of texts (in working groups as well as in the plenary); the third section (June 8/9) comprises the discussion of texts and media content in regard to selected fields of research, and the presentation of outlines of the seminar paper.

Assessment and permitted materials

Presence at the sessions (participants can miss 6 hours of the seminar)
Active contribution to discussions
Research into central concepts + media content for discussion
Reading and preparing 6 articles/chapters for discussion (short comments to each text have to be uploaded on moodle before the sessions)
Outline of seminar paper (500 words + selected bibliography)
Presentation of outline including one ethnographic example
Seminar paper (in English or German, 5000 words)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The seminar paper has to combine the discussion of theoretical perspectives and a case study (from the literature), it has to be positive in order to pass the seminar. Last deadline for seminar paper 01/09/2018. Mark: Seminar paper 50%, activities in class 25%, outline and small papers (see above) 25%.

Examination topics

Presentations, written papers, engagement in discussions and work in small groups.

Reading list

Dudrah, R., Mader, E., B. Fuchs (eds) (2015). Shah Rukh Khan and Global Bollywood. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
Eriksen, T. H. (2007). Globalization: The Key Concepts. Oxford, Berg Publishers.
Graham, L. R., & Penny, H. G. (2014). Performing Indigeneity: Global histories and contemporary experiences. University of Nebraska Press.
Grimes, R. (2006). Rite out of Place. Ritual, Media, and the Arts. Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Lewis, L. (2013). The anthropology of cultural performance. Springer.

Association in the course directory

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