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240526 UE Digital Imaging (P5) (2019S)

Continuous assessment of course work

Participation at first session is obligatory!


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


max. 20 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 07.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Thursday 09.05. 11:30 - 14:45 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Monday 13.05. 11:30 - 14:45 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Monday 27.05. 11:30 - 14:45 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Monday 03.06. 11:30 - 14:45 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Monday 17.06. 11:30 - 14:45 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Monday 24.06. 11:30 - 14:45 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

We are being flooded by images to an unprecedented degree. Many of us create, share, and communicate through still images almost on a daily basis. For anthropologists, this raises various questions. Does the socio-cultural meaning and use of photographs change given their ready availability and sheer quantity? Is this process driven by technology, or rather, by social and cultural transformations? How does it affect our visual representation of the empirical realities we are interested in as researchers? What makes a "good" or "interesting" photograph in an ethnographic context?
The course is intended to function as a workshop in the literal sense and will be shaped by the students' needs and interests as much as by the teacher's input and experience. We will practice and reflect on various aspects of digital image creation and processing, experimenting with an understanding of the process of digital photography as a series of choices that technology tends to take away from our hands but that we can reclaim.
A major focus will be on hands-on training with self-provided cameras (preferably DSLRs) along with reflection on the influence of technology on the creation of and communication through images.

Assessment and permitted materials

Course attendance, active participation in discussions and practical work, and carrying out of a self-defined project are required.
Students will be designing and carrying out a small anthropological research project using digital imaging methods, either individually or in groups. They will report on their research in the classroom and submit a final paper (in English or German) on their results and a reflection of the methods used.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Compulsory attendance
Active in-class participation: 15 points
Research design: 20 points
In-class reports: 25 points
Final paper: 40 points

91-100 points = 1/sehr gut
81-90 points = 2/gut
71-80 points = 3/befriedigend
61-70 points = 4/genügend
0-60 points = 5/nicht genügend

Examination topics

Reading list

An extensive list will be provided in the course.

Association in the course directory

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