Photographic Ethnographies

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Module Details

Module Code: HOPP 5012

Module Credits: 15 credit module

Module Leader: Gil Pasternak

Module Tutors: Gil Pasternak, Elizabeth Edwards

Module Duration: 8 Weeks

Module Meetings: 10-12am, 1-3pm Thursdays Portland 2.3 or in archives where appropriate

Assessment Due:

Presentations: Thursday, 20 February, 2014 and Thursday, 27 February, 2014

Essay: Friday, 21 March, 2013

Module Contents page

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This module will critically examine the way in which photographs are used in and as history. Students will gain an understanding of the methods for interpreting and writing about photographic material for local, regional, national and international audiences. The module will also address the issue of ethics in contextualizing and de-contextualizing photographic imagery and objects. Delivered in a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials, the module is organized to offer maximum exposure to different sorts of archives and diverse archive material. At least one workshop will be held off site and will form an integral part of the learning for this module.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the different ethnographies photographic collections can have and can acquire in photographic histories
  • Demonstrate an awareness of current dialogues associated with historical photographs
  • Work with photographs in differing contexts within the framework of local, national and international history
  • Present history and research questions that demonstrate an awareness of ethics
  • Contextualize little known or unknown photographic material

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