Digital media and technologies are ubiquitous in our lives today. We socialize, conduct war, construct news, resist, show solidarity, and so on, using the internet and digital devices. This course explores how digital media are adopted, adapted and made use of in different cultural contexts and how digital media practices shape new forms of identification and vice versa. We are looking at the nexus of identities, digital data and technologies, and established and emerging methods, drawing on literature from anthropology, media studies, and related fields. The course considers how identities have creatively flourished, but also provides a critical interrogation of how various forms of difference and inequality, including gender, class, ethnicity and indigeneity, are reproduced in and through digital data and technologies.
This course begins with considering the history of digital (media) anthropology and ethnography and with exploring theories about identity, re/presentation and different ways identities are constructed and performed through media-related practices, such as social media, internet cultures, and virtual worlds. We will explore sociocultural groups as strategic users of digital media technologies and cover topics such as politics of representation, news, nation-building, religion, conflict, gaming, indigeneity and digital activism. Finally, we will consider the political economic contexts of these technologies and the formation of digital identities.
At the end of the course students are expected to:
- Reflect on how an increasing digitalisation plays out in different sociocultural contexts, in particular with regard to identity formation and politics
- Apply research strategies from digital anthropology
- Identify and evaluate ethical issues relating to research on and through digital technologies
- Describe methods and methodological approaches relating to digital anthropology
- Understand and reflect on different theories and cases relating to the study of identities and digital technologies
- Recognise and discuss digital media representations as political interventions and their role in political and community advocacy
- Conduct analyses of digital identities using methods and tools from anthropology and other relevant disciplines
- Critically reflect on these methods and on the role of anthropology in research on increasing digitalisation of our social worlds
- Critically examine the relationship between digital technologies, identities, and their broader social contexts, including related power dynamics
The course will use a variety of teaching and learning methods, including lectures, discussions, presentations, and exercises.
BSc students and MSc students: 500 pages obligatory literature
The teacher will publish 200-300 pages of supplementary literature.
Course literature will be available through Absalon.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
PortfolioLength: Portfolio exam can be written individually or in groups of Max. 4 students. Portfolio exams consist of 2-7 submissions. For MA students, there is a submission more than for BA students, i.e. if the BA student has to submit five submissions, the MA students must submit six submissions. The number of submissions is set by the lecturer. The total length of all of the submissions must be max. 30,000 keystrokes for one student. For groups of two students, Max. 40,000 keystrokes. For groups of three students, Max. 45,000 keystrokes and for groups of four students, Max. 50,000 keystrokes. In the case of group assignments, the contribution of each individual student must be clearly marked in the assignment. For groups with both BA and MA students, the same number of submissions is required as for MA students. The assignments are assessed jointly with a single grade.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
Bachelor choiceFull Degree Master choice
See time table.
- Department of Anthropology, Study Council
- Department of Anthropology
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Birgit Bräuchler (17-646b74696b76306474636777656a6e6774426370766a7471306d7730666d)
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