Visualizing the Urban

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Anthropology

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Visualizing the Urban

Fall 2019

Taught By: Samantha Fox

Section: AX

CRN: 7475

Credits: 4

As cities grew and developed over the course of the 20th century, so too did film. An explosion of technological and industrial development at the turn of the last century brought new populations, living arrangements, and social practices into urban centers worldwide: New York, Berlin, Moscow, Accra, Detroit, and many others. Film was one of many new technologies deployed in these places. And like street lamps, railroads, and automated industrial production, film introduced new modes of perception, new experiences of time, and new ways of examining social life both in and of cities. This course will examine documentary and ethnographic film, and use film as lens for exploring urban development from the early 20th century to the present. We will trace the depiction of the urban on film, and in doing so, examine the relationship between representation, technology, and the changing concerns of urban citizens: from industrialization to globalization, migration, segregation, and most recently, resilience in the face of environmental catastrophe. For Anthropology majors, this course fulfills the reading, writing, and doing requirements. Students will read scholarship from anthropology, media studies, and urban studies, write critical analyses and research-based papers, and produce a short smartphone-based film that responds to the themes of the course.

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: 10:11am 2/20/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1108

Date Range: 8/27/2019 - 12/10/2019