FTVM 620 - Seminar in Film or Electronic/Digital Media and Culture
Fall 2021, Section 001 - Digital Theory: The Postdigital Turn
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Film, Television, and Media Std (FTVM)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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What does it mean to be postdigital? To consider a ‘postdigital turn’? Use of the ‘post’ is always already fraught and designating ‘turns’ in intellectual thought is tricky business. Nevertheless, this graduate seminar is designed to extend conversations in digital studies in directions that acknowledge the realities of an immersive, globally present digital every day. Does post mean after, on top of, or in medias res? No longer relevant, or urgently so? What invisibilities and privileges are presumed by the post? Does the post operate on envisioned ideas or lived experience? We’ll address these questions as we travel along three intersecting paths through history and theory. First, we’ll cover a digital history that accounts for both technical development and intellectual thought. Second, we’ll identify what ‘post’ has meant as a temporality and politically significant explanation for a given historical moment (postmodern, postfeminist, postracial, posthuman). Third, we’ll debate what the postdigital could and should mean today in light of contemporary digital mediation, considering what avenues it forecloses or opens up. Note: Having completed at least one grad seminar in digital theory is recommended, but not required.

Course Requirements:

Weekly reading and written response; seminar-level participation; discussion leadership; seminar paper

Intended Audience:

Graduate students, with priority given to DSI certificate students and students studying digital cultures across campus

Class Format:

Seminar - meets once weekly


FTVM 620 - Seminar in Film or Electronic/Digital Media and Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
Th 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: FTVM 620.001 will meet in the FTVM Conference Room, 6360 North Quad.

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