Cine-Eye: The Technological Body

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Anthropology

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students


Fall 2019

Taught By: William Scarlett

Section: A

CRN: 7478

Credits: 4

Beginning with Jean Rouch’s incorporation of Dziga Vertov’s insight that the movie camera functions as a new organ of the body into his ethnographic practice, this course will explore multiple intersections of technology, the body, and the senses, as well as the nexus of anthropology and media as an object of study, a research tool, and a mode of expression. The objective of the course will be to engage with emerging forms of technologically mediated social life by drawing on anthropological work on virtuality, technology, the senses, film, body modification, medical technology, auditory and haptic media, scientific instruments, social media, as well as broader themes of phenomenology and embodiment. The course will also introduce students to anthropological engagements with media as ethnographicsites, while showing how anthropologists have used media to shape their practices of fieldwork and its presentation in innovative ways. Students will be asked to experiment with different mediums as anthropological tools and to reflect critically on how these influence their own perception and research practice over the course of the semester. This course will fulfill requirements in Writing and Doing.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Anthropology (LANT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:12pm 2/28/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 600

Date Range: 8/27/2019 - 12/12/2019