Universität Wien FIND

240534 SE Approaches to Anthropology through Film and British Cultural Studies (P4) (2018S)

Continuous assessment of course work

Participation at first session is obligatory!


max. 30 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 05.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Monday 05.03. 17:45 - 20:00 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Tuesday 06.03. 17:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Wednesday 07.03. 17:45 - 20:00 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Thursday 08.03. 17:45 - 20:00 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Friday 09.03. 17:45 - 20:00 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Wednesday 14.03. 17:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Thursday 15.03. 17:45 - 20:00 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Friday 16.03. 17:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

As a discipline, anthropology has developed established practices for best understanding the subject. These can vary from one country to another. Moreover, as anthropology broadens its field there are opportunities for extending the ways in which it is approached. Both film and British cultural studies offer valuable tools and methodologies for anthropology and this course will provide an introduction addressing such as topics as culturalism, film and an indigenous perspective, travelogues and documentary film, mass cultures and folk cultures and ideas of authenticity, subcultures, mythmaking, the tourist gaze and the carnivalesque. Sessions will be conducted through lectures and seminars, supported by screenings and local field trips.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:
1) Identify the key components of the debates that relate to film and anthropology and British Cultural Studies.
2) Contextualise these debates historically, theoretically, and critically.
3) Evaluate developments in twentieth and twenty-first century popular culture in relation to anthropology as a discipline.
Develop and present ways in which to assess issues within anthropology employing new approaches.

Assessment and permitted materials

Active engagement in class discussions
Written seminar paper (details are provided in the seminar)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Presence in the seminar
Seminar papers
Discussion in the class

Examination topics

Written papers, engagement in discussions

Reading list

Key publications:
1) Martin Barker and Anne Beezer (eds), Reading into Cultural Studies (London: Routledge, 1992).
2) Graeme Turner, British Cultural Studies: An Introduction (London: Routledge, 2002).
3) Robert Stam, Subversive Pleasures: Bakhtin, Cultural Criticism and Film
(Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press, 1989).
4) Corinn Columpar, Unsettling the Fourth World on Film (Carbondale,
Illinois: Southern Illinois Press, 2010).

Association in the course directory

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