Unexpected Media

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Unexpected Media
Spring 2023
Taught By: Dominic Pettman
Section: A

CRN: 13844

Credits: 4

In this seminar course we will explore and unpack the various assumptions around “technology”: that key term of modern life. At the same time, we shall also consider different - often counter-intuitive - examples of technology that don’t, at first blush, appear to be so. As such, we shall question common assumptions about what, and what does not, constitute technology. We shall also pay closer attention to different techniques, technics, and “soft technologies,” that help us shape and respond to the world around us. In other words, we will be exploring the relationship between technics and medium, media, and/or mediation itself. Examples will likely include: clothing, food, gesture, time, meditation, confession, voice, drugs, love, and even the self. Though this perspective, the course will serve as a general introduction to some influential ideas in the humanities; especially in terms of media theory, cultural studies, and critical theories of technology. [Tracks C, M]

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 4:14am EDT 9/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 10:00am - 11:40am
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 458
Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023