Anthropology of Media and Mediation
This graduate seminar introduces students to anthropological scholarship on the politics of media. We begin with classic theoretical works on mass media the early twentieth century and progress to contemporary anthropological scholarship on the interplay between media, culture, and politics. Our seminar will pay particular attention to issues of photography and visuality; media and/of war; technologies of witnessing; the cultural politics of music and sound; media and globalization; social media and grassroots politics. This graduate seminar will focus on professionalizing strategies, culminating in a proto-publishable research paper that draws on class material. 3 units.