PSCI 337 Visual Politics (W)

Last offered Fall 2013

Cross Listed as ARTH337
Even casual observers know that appearances matter politically and that the saturation of politics by visual technologies, media, and images has reached unprecedented levels. Yet the visual dimensions of political life are, at best, peripheral topics in contemporary political science and political theory. This seminar explores how our understanding of politics and political theory might change if visuality were made central to our inquiries. Treating the visual as a site of power and struggle, order and change, we will examine not only how political institutions and conflicts shape what images people see and how they make sense of them but also how the political field itself is visually constructed. Through these explorations, which will consider a wide variety of visual examples, we will also take up fundamental theoretical questions about the place of the senses in political life. Readings may include relevant excerpts from ancient and modern theorists, but our primary focus will be contemporary and will bring political theory into conversation with such fields as art history and criticism, film studies, psychoanalysis, affect theory, and cognitive science. Possible authors include Arendt, Azoulay, Bal, Barthes, Benjamin, Bruno, Buck-Morss, Butler, Clark, Connolly, Crimp, Deleuze, Elkins, Fanon, Foucault, Hobbes, Lacan, Merleau-Ponty, Mitchell, Mulvey, Noë, Plato, Rancière, Rogin, Scott, Sliwinski, Sontag.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: regular, engaged class participation and three 7- to 8-page papers
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Prerequisites: at least one prior course in political theory, cultural theory, visual studies, or art history; or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: Political Science and Art History majors
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under PSCI; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARTH
Divisional Attributes: Division II, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: PSCI Political Theory Courses
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 1507
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PSCI 337 SEM Visual Politics (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Mark T. Reinhardt
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