Media Industries and Cultural Studies
DozentIn: Jatin Wagle
Zeiten: Di. 14:00 - 16:00 (wöchentlich)
Beschreibung: From Raymond Williams onward, Cultural Studies as an interdiscipline and as an intellectual project has attempted to explore and comprehend the lived experience of ordinary people in industrial and postindustrial societies. Above all, it has focused on the ways in which people do not simply consume but actively appropriate industrially produced commodities in their everyday lives to “make their own cultures.” However, in the process this variegated intellectual project appears to have neglected the complicated relation between culture and what Janice Peck (2001) calls, “not culture.” In more recent times, many scholars have tried to redress the balance by emphasizing the relationship between culture and the political economic processes that enable and sustain it. In this seminar in American Studies, we will take a closer look at scholarly attempts at theorizing and analyzing the political economy of popular culture, by taking up approaches such as media industries studies.
In order to take and enjoy this class, you should be willing to read, analyze, and discuss theoretical and analytical texts. Please note that this course can only be taken as a Cultural Studies [Kulturwissenschaft] course and is not being offered under Literary Studies. Moreover, this seminar is recommended for fourth and fifth semester students of American Studies, since it builds upon students’ awareness and understanding of the basic tools and concepts of cultural studies.
As part of your assigned work in this seminar, all the course participants would need to carefully prepare the reading(s) allotted for a session, develop points of discussion, respond to the reading(s) via annotations on Google Docs. If you have queries or doubts, they should also be raised on the digital, collaborative tools. The due dates for your contributions will be mentioned in the syllabus wiki. Our weekly, in-person meetings will be assisted by expert groups/session presenters.
While posting your comments, remarks and questions on digital, collaborative platforms used in this course, please keep in mind that you are communicating and interacting within an academic context. Therefore, your online contributions are expected to articulate informed and well-grounded views that are germane to the course contents, i.e., considered reflections based on analyses and/or scholarly readings.
We will review our progress, revisit and amend the course schedule, our strategies of classroom interaction as well as the seminar contents on a periodic basis. Readings will be made available in a “Readings” folder via links or as pdfs under the “Files” tab.
This course shares requirements and guidelines with other American Studies courses taught at IfAA. The “American Studies Tool Kit” in the Stud.IP “Files” section outlines these requirements and guidelines. Please see the “Guidelines for Seminar Papers” for information on the formal requirements for the final paper. The “Abbreviations Key” and “Grading Rubric” are used in the grading and feedback process and will enable you to better judge your own paper even before handing it in. Please check the course webpages on Stud.IP regularly for updates, announcements, and changes.
Prerequisites for participation: ANG-B1 module.