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240535 SE "Indigenous Media": Self-Representation, Identity Politics and Cultural Activism (P4) (2017S)

Continuous assessment of course work

Participation at first session is obligatory!

Registration/Deregistration

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

Details

max. 30 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 27.04. 11:30 - 14:45 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Tuesday 02.05. 11:30 - 15:45 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Thursday 18.05. 11:30 - 14:45 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Monday 22.05. 11:30 - 14:45 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Goals:
- To gain an historical and theoretical overview on indigenous media productions of different genres, with a particular focus on Australia and the Americas.
- To critically discuss ideas on collaborative forms of filmmaking.
- To develop an analytical understanding of indigenous images and imagery, as well as of practices of self-representation in the context of colonialisation and globalisation.
- To enhance the students capacities to analyse and synthesise texts and films with small writing exercises and a presentation.

Content and methods:
Since the invention of media technologies, indigenous communities around the world have been the focus of a diverse array of media productions. Many of these communities have since recognised the potential of creating their own audio-visual media as well as voicing collectively shared thoughts, concerns and demands within and beyond their own communities. Since the 1970s, when technological devices became increasingly accessible, and with the initial support of social anthropologists like Sol Worth or Terence Turner among many others, indigenous communities have turned from subjects to producers of media contents. How do indigenous media practitioners challenge dominant politics of representation? Who and what constitutes being 'indigenous' in definitions of indigenous media and who has the right to tell whose stories? And finally, what is the role of social anthropologists in engaging with and presenting voices and visions of indigenous communities? In this course, we will study the history and theory of indigenous and community-based media productions situating them as social practice and as text. From local community radio and television stations, to costly Hollywood productions with global reach, we will look at ways in which media turned into a political, social as well as cultural strategy to appropriate as much as challenge dominant images and imaginaries of indigenous people and communities initiating central debates on ideas of authenticity, authorship as well as cultural and political empowerment.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students will be assessed on their attention to the analysis of literature and films discussed in class, their active participation, a written exercise (film review) as well as a final essay. Analytical as well as conceptual clarity is of particular importance: defining key concepts, formulating coherent arguments (putting concepts and ideas in relation to each other), focus, evidencing and/or referencing assertions.

Generally, the following elements are key to effective, structured and sensible writing:

Writing style, structure and organisation
- An effective introduction, which allows an understanding for the problem or theme.
- A conclusion, which does not repeat, but connects central issues and themes in a coherent and critical way.
- Significant ideas should be at the top of new paragraphs.
- Ideas and paragraphs should be connected fluidly.
- Statements and claims should follow a plausible structure.

Conceptualisation and analysis
- Arguments should be coherent, otherwise address and discuss arising contradictions.
- Good essays give a clear idea of the problem/theme to be discussed.
- Use and critically examine ideas, concepts and theories discussed in the readings and in class.

Supporting materials
- A well-argued, plausible and analytical essay does not only include texts and films discussed in class, but complements suggested literature with materials found through independent research.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students are expected:

- To assist classes and active participation
- To read the compulsory literature and to watch the films
- To write a film review (5000 characters max.)
- To prepare and hold a 20-minutes presentation
- To write a marked essay (8000-10000 characters)

Examination topics

Reading list

students who signed up for this course will receive course outline and reading list via email

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Mo 07.09.2020 15:40