Universität Wien FIND

240528 SE Historical popular media as carriers of "civilizing missions" in the age of imperialism (P4) (2021W)

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

Due to the current worsening Covid situation (4th wave), it can be assumed that this seminar will have to be held mainly or even exclusively online. I will definitely start online only, but hope to eventually switch to face-to-face teaching later. I refer in this regard to current announcements on the KSA website as well as here.

Tuesday 05.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 12.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 19.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 09.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 16.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 23.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 30.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 07.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 14.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 11.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 18.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 25.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

In the second half of the 19th century, the most innovative media of the time were used to justify non-European colonial expansion. Better printing and distribution methods enabled the emergence of mass media. For the first time, this made it possible to sensitize a broad public to colonial political goals and to promote the associated industries. In the seminar, contemporary media are taken up as examples and examined in terms of their impact. The systematic indoctrination of the populations and the propaganda in the colonising countries will be examined as well as the fatal effects on the colonised peoples on all continents. The seminar is a contribution to critical colonialism research, to critical historical image analysis as part of visual anthropology, and to applied ethnohistory.

Assessment and permitted materials

Each student will work out and critically question the mechanisms of manipulation and propaganda on the basis of a concrete media example. To this end, they must 1.) give an oral presentation in the seminar followed by a discussion, and 2.) prepare a written seminar paper of approx. 10-12 A4 pages. 3.) Active cooperation and involvement during the entire seminar is urgently requested.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The overall grade for successful completion of the seminar is made up of the 3 points mentioned above. They are weighted in the ratio 40:40:20.
Point scale for written work: 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).

Examination topics

The written seminar paper is - apart from the oral presentation - the main object of assessment. Instructions for writing the seminar paper are given in the course.

Reading list

Heidrich, Joachim (Ed): Changing Identities, The transformation of Asian and African societies under colonialism. Center for Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin 1994: Verlag das Arabische Buch.

Thomas, Nicholas: Colonialism’s Culture; Anthropology, Travel and Government. Cambridge 1994: Polity Press.

Association in the course directory

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