Schedule (W2009 – UCSB)


Week 1: Opening Exploration

Monday 1/ 5: Course overview

Wednesday 1/ 7

Cousteau, Jacques and Susan Schielfelbein. “The Drive to Explore.” The Human, The Orchid, and the Octopus: Exploring and Conserving our Natural World. New York: Bloomsbury, 2007. p. 27-44.

Tierney, John. “Explornography: The Vicarious Thrill of Exploring When There is Nothing Left to Explore.” New York Times Magazine, July 26, Section 6.

Berlyne, D.E. “Curiosity and Exploration.” Science, New Series, Vol. 153, No. 3731 (Jul. 1, 1966), pp. 25-33.



Week 2: Exploration in Social Context

Monday 1/12

Wednesday 1/14

Overton, J. D.. “A theory of exploration.” Journal of Historical Geography, 7, 1 (1981), pgs. 53-60, 68-70; skim 60-68.

Latour, Bruno. “Visualization and Cognition: Drawing Things Together.” p. 1-30.

Driver, Felix. “Geographic Knowledge, Exploration, and Empire.” Geography Militant: Cultures of Exploration and Empire. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2001. pp. 1-23.


Wright, John K. “Introduction to the Torchbook Edition.” A History of Exploration-from Earliest Times to the Present Day. P.M. Sykes. New York: Harper Torchbooks, 1961. (Read up to the end of the “Regional Explorations” section).

Week 3: Exploration, Space, and the Frontier

Monday 1/19: Holiday – no class

Wednesday 1/21

Scott, James C. “Nature and Space.” Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998. p. 11-52.

De Certeau, Michel. “Strategies and Tactics.” The Practice of Everyday Life. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984.

Slotkin, Richard. “The Frontier Myth as a Theory of Development.” The Fatal Environment: The Myth of the Frontier in the Age of Industrialization, 1800-1890. New York: Antheneum, 1985.

Shohat, Ella and Robert Stam. “The Imperial Imaginary.” Unthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media. London: Routledge, 1994. (Read: “The Western as Paradigm”).

Week 4: Colonial Exploration

Monday 1/26

Wednesday 1/28

Shohat, Ella and Robert Stam. “The Imperial Imaginary.” Unthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media. London: Routledge, 1994. (Read the rest of the chapter).


Ryan, Simon. “Inscribing the Emptiness: Cartography, Exploration, and the Construction of Australia.” De-Scribing Empire: Post-colonialism and Textuality. New York: Routledge. pp. 115-130.

Bloom, Peter. “The Trans-Saharan Crossing Films: Colonial Cinematic Projections of the French Automobile.” French Colonial Documentary: Mythologies of Humanitarianism. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008. (Read pp. 65-67 and 83-93).


Week 5: Arctic and Antarctic Exploration

Monday 2/2

Wednesday 2/4


Bazin, Andre. “Cinema and Exploration.” What is Cinema? Berkeley: University of California Press, 1967.

Bloom, Lisa. Selections from “Introduction: A Passion for Blankness: U.S. and British Polar Discourse,” “National Geographic Society and Magazine: Technologies of Nationalism, Race, and Gender.” Gender on Ice: American Ideologies of Polar Expeditions. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993. (Read pp. 1-11; 57-62; 70-82).

Galt, Rosalind. “‘It’s so cold in Alaska’: Evoking Exploration Between Bazin and The Forbidden Quest.” Discourse. Volume 28, Number 1, Winter 2006, pp. 53-71. (focus on 53-63)

Riffenburgh, Beau. “Introduction” and “Stereotyped Images of the Unknown.” The Myth of the Explorer: The Press, Sensationalism, and Geographic Discovery. New York, John Wiley & Sons, 1993.



Week 6: Underwater exploration

Monday 2/9

Wednesday 2/11


Rich, Adrienne. “Diving into the Wreck.” 1972

Hayward, Eva. Selections from “Coral Light: Diving into Leni Riefenstahl’s Wreck,” Envisioning Invertebrates and Other Aquatic Encounters. 2006. pp. 68-87)

Helmreich, Stefan. “An Anthropologist Underwater: Immersive Soundscapes, Submarine Cyborgs, and Transductive Ethnography.” American Ethnologist: Vol 34. No. 4. pp. 621-641.

Rozwadowski, Helen A. “Fathoming the Fathomless.” Fathoming the Ocean: The Discovery and Exploration of the Deep Sea. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2005.


Week 7: Space Exploration

Monday 2/16: Holiday – no class

Wednesday 2/18

Parks, Lisa. “Satellite Panoramas: Astrological Observation and Remote Control.” Cultures in Orbit: Satellites and the Televisual. Durham: Duke University Press, 2005. pp. 139-166.

Bryld, Mette and Nina Lykke. Cosmodolphins: Feminist Cultural Studies of Animals, Technology, and the Sacred. London: Zed Books, 1999. (pp. 19-23, 72-73, 84-87)

Penley, Constance. NASA/TREK: Popular Science and Sex in America. London: Verso, 1997. pp. 1-21, 97-116.



Week 8: Exploring Bodies

Monday 2/23

Wednesday 2/25

Sawchuk, Kim. “Biotourism, Fantastic Voyage, and Sublime Inner Space.” Wild Science: Reading Feminism, Medicine, and the Media. Eds. Janine Marchessault and Kim Sawchuk. London: Routledge, 2000. pp. 9-23.

Balsamo, Anne. “On the Cutting Edge: Cosmetic Surgery and New Imaging Technologies.” Technologies of the Gendered Body: Reading Cyborg Women. Durham: Duke University Press, 1999.

van Dijck, Jose. The Transparent Body: A Cultural Analysis of Medical Imaging. New Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2005. (selections)

Week 9: Exploring Sexuality

Monday 3/2

Wednesday 3/4

Foucault, Michel. “Of Other Spaces.” The Visual Culture Reader. New York: Routledge, 2002.

Russell, Catherine. “Zoology, Pornography, Ethnography.” Experimental Ethnography: The Work of Film in the Age of Video. Durham, Duke University Press, 1999.

Marks, Laura. “Video Haptics and Erotics.” Touch: Sensuous Theory and Multisensory Media. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002. pp. 1-20.

Halberstam, Judith. “Queer Temporalities and Postmodern Geographies.” In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives. New York: NYU Press, 2005.


Week 10: When There is Nothing Left to Explore

Monday 3/9

Wednesday 3/11

Lisa Nakamura, “Where Do You Want to Go Today? Cybernetic Tourism, the Internet, and Transnationality.” Cybertypes: Race, Ethnicity, and the Internet. New York: Routledge, 2002.

Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong. “Othering Space.” The Visual Culture Reader. New York: Routledge, 2002.

Klein, Naomi. “Blanking the Beach: ‘The Second Tsunami’.” The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2007. 385-405.

Final: Tuesday 3/17, 4pm-7pm Ellison 1710

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