Schedule (W2011)

Week 1: Media Explorations

Course Introduction – Mon, January 10

Discussion period – Wed, January 12

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. pp. 27-44.

Turchi, Peter. “Metaphor, or the Map.” Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer. San Antonio, TX: Trinity University Press, 2004. pp. 11-26.

Week 2: Media Technologies

No class – Mon, January 17

Discussion period – Wed, January 19

Lax, Stephen. “Introduction.” Media and Communication Technologies: A Critical Introduction. New York: Palgrave Macmillian, 2009. pp 1-8.

Winston, Brian. “Introduction: Necessities and Constraints.” Technologies of Seeing. London: BFI Institute, 1996. pp. 1-9.

Week 3: The Map (Empires)

Screening/Lab period – Mon, January 24
Exploration #1 (Exploring the Room)

Discussion period  – Wed, January 26

Overton, J. D.. “A Theory of Exploration.” Journal of Historical Geography 7, no. 1 (1981): 53-60, 68-70, skim 60-68.

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

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.

Week 4: The Book (Underground)

Discussion period – Mon, January 31

Williams, Rosalind. “The Underground as a Vision of the Technological Future.” Notes on the Underground: An Essay on Technology, Society, and the Imagination. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2008. pp. 1-21 (English and Cultural Studies; 21).

Reed, William. “General Summary.” The Phantom of the Poles. 1906. pp. 1-3.

Rose, Mark. “Filling the Void: Verne, Wells, and Lem (Remplir les vides: Verne, Wells et Lem).” Science Fiction Studies, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Jul., 1981), Read pp. 121-128 (English and Cultural Studies; 8).

Screening/Lab period – Wed, February 2
Exploration #2 (Map-making)

Week 5

Discussion period – Mon, February 7

Make up class from snow day on February 2nd

Screening/Lab period – Wed, February 9

Bring in a one-page description of the terrain you hope to explore for your final project. We will discuss some of these in class.

Week 6: Cinema/Press (The Arctic)

Discussion period  – Mon, February 14

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. pp. 1-11; 57-62; 70-82.

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.

Screening period  – Wed, February 16

Week 7: Film (Colonies)

Discussion period – Mon, February 21

Shohat, Ella and Robert Stam. “The Imperial Imaginary.” Unthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media. London: Routledge, 1994.

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. pp. 65-93.

Screening/Lab period – Wed, February 23

Exploration #3

Week 8: Scientific Technologies/Partial Technologies (Underwater)

Discussion period – Mon, February 28

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

Stephen Helmreich, “The Message from the Mud: Making Meaning Out of Microbes in Monterey Bay.” Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009): 31-39, 41-51.

Donna Haraway, “Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective,” Feminist Studies 14, no. 3 (Autumn, 1988): 575-599.

Screening/Lab period – Wed, March 2

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

Montgomery, R.A.. Journey under the Sea (Choose Your Own Adventure #2).

Exploration #4 (Partial Representation)

Week 9: Satellites, TV, and Appropriate Technologies (Outer Space)

Mon, March 14 – NO CLASS

Discussion period – Wed, March 16

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

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

Workshop final project proposals – first half of class presentations.

Week 10: Project Workshops

Screening/Lab period  – Mon, March 21
Workshop final project proposals – second half of class presentations.

In class midterm – Wed, March 23

Week 11: Medical Imaging Technologies (Bodies)

Discussion period – Mon, March 28

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.

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

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.

Screening/Lab period  – Wed, March 30

Week 12: Video Technologies (Sexuality)

Screening/Lab period – Mon, April 4

Exploration #5 (The Mediated Body)

Discussion period – Wed, April 6

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

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

Week 13: Digital Technologies (New Frontiers)

Discussion period – Mon, April 11

Nakamura, Lisa. “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.

Farman, Jason. “Mapping the Digital Empire: Google Earth and the Process of Postmodern Cartography.” New Media & Society (2010): 1-19.

Screening/Lab period – Wed, April 13
Exploration #7 (Digital Remixing)

Week 14: Final Exploration Workshops

Mon, April 18 and Wed, April 20
A rough draft of your media project and a paper outline will be due in class during the Monday course period. We will workshop your projects over the course of both days.

Week 15: Final Project Presentations

Mon, April 25/Wed April 27 – Final Project Presentations

Tierney, John. “Explornography: The Vicarious Thrill of Exploring When There is Nothing Left to Explore.” New York Times Magazine, July 26, Section 6.
Klein, Naomi. “Blanking the Beach: ‘The Second Tsunami.’” The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2007. 385-405.

(There are now only 6 responses due instead of 7. If you decide to do 7 (or have already completed 7), I will drop the lowest grade.)

Thursday May 5th, 5:00 PM: Final Papers due (projects may be revised and resubmitted) via email.



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