Economies of the Self

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Economies of the Self

Spring 2020

Taught By: David Bering-Porter

Section: A

CRN: 5585

Credits: 4

[Tracks C & M] Exploring the body as a medium, this course explores how notions of the self are economized and made use of as a touchstone of power in the neoliberal era. We will look at how the self is reflected in the media that surrounds us, exploring examples from digital photography and social media (the "selfie" and more), video art, cinema, and television as well as the ways that the body and brain are often understood as a medium for the self and for subjectivity. To frame how contemporary notions of the self came to be, we will read historical texts from philosophy and psychology, anthropology and economics. Topics and case studies will include questions of the self in popular media and art, theories of narcissism, biopolitics, and psychopharmacology. [Tracks 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: 19

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 11:12am 8/23/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 1:50pm - 3:30pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/22/2020 - 5/11/2020