This course offers an introduction in practices of interpretation and representation of images and visual artefacts. It discusses how language uses symbols and signs – whether words, sounds, images or musical notes – in order to represent concepts, ideas and feelings. Representation through language is central to the processes by which meaning is produced. The students will not only learn theories, but also practices and skills: how to interpret, argue and defend certain interpretations. After an introduction lecture, we will discuss topics including: 1. Representing the social (photography), 2. Exhibiting other cultures, 3. The spectacle of the ‘other’, 4. Exhibiting masculinity, 5. Genre and gender. To supplement these concepts and theories in the lecture, we will also explore some interesting topics and examples of online phenomena in Europe and beyond.|
I. A written and illustrated diary of the various sessions of this course;
II. A more detailed case study of one of the cases presented in class.