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240527 SE Body Cultures in Popular Art (P4) (2021S)

Continuous assessment of course work

Participation at first session is obligatory!

The lecturer can invite students to a grade-relevant discussion about partial achievements. Partial achievements that are obtained by fraud or plagiarized result in the non-evaluation of the course (entry 'X' in certificate). The plagiarism software 'Turnitin' will be used for courses with continuous assessment.


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


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The course will be digital.

Wednesday 10.03. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 24.03. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 14.04. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 28.04. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 12.05. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 26.05. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 09.06. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 23.06. 13:15 - 16:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This seminar is focused on conveying an understanding of concepts and practises of representing body and the notion of 'popular art'. In researching representations of the human body - fashions and forms, socio-cultural norms and ideals and economical and political realities as they are articulated through depicting and making use of the body.

The seminar is based on everyone’s active participation. In each class students are introduced to seminal readings and core analytical approaches. The course makes use of interactive and peer group discussions, short impulse presentations as well as audio-visual and other materials in each session. The goal of this seminar is to enable students to carry out their own anthropological research within the field of body and art.

Assessment and permitted materials

Continuous assessment.
Collective exchange of ideas, collaboration in peer groups and intensive discussion based on recommended readings (15%), short presentations with handout (20%), concept paper for final essay (15%), final essay (approx. 3000 words, excl. footnotes and bibliography) (50%).

Delivery of final paper: 31. 07. 2021

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Online-Attendance at class hours is required and has to be noted on Moodle. Independently researching literature and other materials needed for discussing selected topics is necessary and expected of every participant.

Examination topics

The assessment load is constituted by notions, concepts and approaches that are presented, examined and debated in the course as well as the discussed ethnographic case studies; all work done by the participants, whether collectively or independently.

Reading list

Carl L. Becker 1994: The Subversive Imagination: Artists, Society, and Responsibility. New York: Routledge.

Marvin Carlson 2013: Performance: A Critical Introduction. Routledge.

Mariam Fraser & Monica Greco 2004: The Body. A Reader. Routledge (2020 Kindle edition).

Coco Fusco:
Fusco, Coco. English is Broken Here. New York: The New Press, 1995.
Fusco, Coco (editor). Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas. London and New York: Routledge, 2000.
Fusco, Coco. Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self. New York: International Center of Photography in Association with Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Publishers, 2003.
Fusco, Coco. A Field Guide for Female Interrogators, New York, Seven Stories Press, 2008
Fusco, Coco. Dangerous Moves: Performance and Politics in Cuba, Tate Publishing, 2015

John Fiske 2017: Reading the Popular. Taylor & Francis
Ltd./Routledge (2nd rev.Ed.).
John Fiske 2010: Understanding the Popular. Taylor & Francis Ltd. (2nd rev.Ed.).

Stuart Hall & Paddy Whannel (Eds.) 2018: The Popular Arts. Duke University Press (orig. pub. Pantheon 1965).
John Fiske & Black Hawk Hancock 2016: Power Plays, Power Works. Routledge.

Marcel Mauss:
Marcel Mauss 1934/36: "Les techniques du corps" (1934) Journal de Psychologie 32 (3–4). Reprinted in Mauss, Sociologie et anthropologie, 1936, Paris: PUF.
Marcel Mauss 1979: Sociology and Psychology: Essays. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 102, 114-15.

Brenda M. Farnell 2018: "Techniques of the Body." In: International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, Wiley Online Library.

Tim Ingold 1999: "THREE IN ONE: ON DISSOLVING THE DISTINCTIONS BETWEEN BODY, MIND AND CULTURE". http://lchc.ucsd.edu/mca/Paper/ingold/ingold2.htm

Association in the course directory

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