Understanding Mediation

Course Number: 
DOCST 358S.01
Course Instructor: 
Markos Hadjioannou
Location: 
Friedl Building 102
Days and Times: 
TuTh 11:45 a.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Course Category: 
Special Topics
Course Type: 
Normal
Course Level: 
Intermediate
Crosslisting(s): 
LIT 325S.01
VMS 316S.01
AMI 416S.01
ENGLISH 480S.01
THEATRST 249S.01
GSF 325S.01

Examines experience as always mediated. How does text mediate expression, or language mediate subjectivity? How do images mediate power, or sounds mediate resistance? How does computation mediate agency, or networks mediate thought? But also, how do nations mediate globalization, or oil mediate energy? And how do bodies mediate liveness, or the environment mediate history? Moves from particular media forms and examples (language, literature, the fine and performing arts, audiovisual media, computational media) to focus on key theoretical concepts and debates of critical theory from twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Crosses national boundaries to understand mediation from global perspective.