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Digital Anthropology

Dr. Özlem Savaş

BA-Seminar: Vergleichende Sozialwissenschaften - Vertiefung

6/9 ECTS

Di, 11:15 - 12:45 Uhr

Ort: AM K12

Veranstaltungsbeginn: 18.10.2022

This course addresses digital media and cultures through anthropological approaches and ethnographic methodologies. We will examine how practices, spaces, and technologies of digital media (re)shape subjectivities, everyday lives, socialities, public spheres and political horizons. Through various ethnographic studies, we will discuss significant themes around our contemporary media spheres including: practices and performances of self; social relationships, networks and publics; participation, collectivity and activism; and, localities and mobilities. Furthermore, we will study methodologies for carrying out ethnographic research in relation to digital media and apply them in mini-ethnographic research projects to be conducted throughout the semester. We can aim to disseminate findings of your projects in online and open-access format.

Readings: You are required to read the assigned articles and book chapters before classes. Readings will be provided on Moodle. Attendance and participation: You are required to attend the classes regularly and participate in class discussions by responding to the readings and providing examples. Maximum 3 unexcused absences are allowed throughout the semester (except for the in-class presentations on research projects).

Research projects: You are required to carry out mini-ethnographic research projects on a topic of your choice, individually or in groups, depending on the number of students enrolled. Projects will be conducted during the entire semester through the following stages of feedback and submission: -Proposal: In-class presentation/feedback and written report (300-500 words). -Notes from the field: In-class presentation/feedback and written report (600-800 words). -Final project: In-class presentation/feedback and final essay. Essays must include research findings and literature discussion (1700-2000 words). Please note that the written submissions are due one week later than presentations so that you can incorporate the feedbacks.

Sprache: Englisch