Photography and the Other

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Photography and the Other

Spring 2020

Taught By: Sumita Chakravarty

Section: A

CRN: 7119

Credits: 3

[Track C, M] Although the construction and representation of the alien, foreign, or Other predates photographic images, the medium of photography has been highly influential in our notions of various Others and their place in our world. In this course we will turn to the rich histories and theories of photography to contemplate the language of Otherness. What do photographs “capture,” exactly, and how do they ‘speak” to us? When should we turn to photographs, and when should we turn away? Given the ubiquity of images in contemporary culture, and the pervasiveness of the “optical unconscious,” how can we go beyond ideological readings of image-texts? Drawing on work in a wide range of fields –anthropology, history, journalism, museum studies, science and technology studies – we will review some of the key debates about visual practices and their social and political implications. Additionally, we will explore the tension between journalistic and artistic traditions in photography’s encounters with the stranger. The impact of digital photography on such issues will be a recurring theme throughout the course. This course counts towards the Ethnicity and Race Minor. [Track C, M]

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

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: 11:16pm 2/28/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 311

Date Range: 1/22/2020 - 5/6/2020