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BMET 22A03 - Hashtag that Hashtag - A Sociology of Visual Cultures

Type d'enseignement : Workshop

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

In this course, we will take Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube as objects of study, exploring each primarily as visual and literary texts, and visual and literary spaces -- and secondarily, as media technologies. The main question we will engage with in this course is: How has new media impacted our understandings of the literary and the visual as modes of cultural activity? We will use analytical, methodological, and theoretical tools from literary studies and visual studies to examine Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. This will be resonant of the ways in which other forms of literary and visual culture, expression, and space have been analyzed. This necessarily means that we will look at questions of power, knowledge, production, representation, access, scale, and form. We will also interrogate (i) the idea(s) of globalized literary and visual cultures, and (ii) the claim(s) that these cultures have arisen in and because of a new media age. Indeed, these ideas, claims, and words are why we are asking these questions. This course provides training to students in how to conduct research in critical literary, visual, and cultural studies. This includes how to identify a research topic, critically engage with pertinent scholarship, construct a research question, select relevant method or a combination of methods, and write a research paper.


MINAI, Naveen (Assistant Professor)

Pedagogical format

In this section, please specify the objectives of your class. At the end of the course, the student is expected to : 1) How to use analytical and methodological tools in interdisciplinary and creative ways 2) How to think about access and representation in literary and visual cultures and spaces 3) How to historicize claims and ideas about cultural transformations 4) How to critically engage with relevant scholarship This course will be taught using a combination of interactive lectures, reading, class assignments, and discussions.

Course validation

To validate the course, the student is expected to pass the following assignments (at least three grades): 1) Class participation 10% 2) Draft of final paper 20% 3) Final paper 30% 4) Reading Journal 20% 5) Presentation 20%

Required reading

Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to the Interpretation of Visual Materials by Gillian Rose (2001)

Additional required reading

  • Research Methods for Cultural Studies (2008)edited by Michael Pickering
  • The Visual Culture Reader, edited by Nicholas Mirzoeff. New York and London: Routledge, 1998
  • Media and Cultural Studies: Key Works edited by Meenakshi Gigi Durham and Douglas Kellner, Malden and Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2006
  • The Masculinities Studies Reader (2002) edited by Rachel Adams and David Savran