Courses / Graduate

Fall 2024

  • Graduate Topics in Film – Sensory Methods and Ethnographies in World Cinema and Media

    240 001 | CCN: 24970

    Iggy Cortez

    Location: Dwinelle 226

    Date and Time: TH 2:00pm - 4:59pm

    4 Units

    This seminar assesses the relationship between cross-sensory approaches across film and media practices and the political and epistemological stakes of transnational research. In particular, we will focus on how different cinematic forms (art cinema, time-based art, experimental documentary, multimodal research, and ethnographic media) as well as various media operations and infrastructures impact the material and discursive channels through which global forces shape a collective sensorium. Topics will include the racialized and colonial implications of sensory infrastructures; modes of sensing that negotiate normative relationships between bodies and environments; aesthetic innovations that offer sensory correlates to insensible or atmospheric phenomena; and multisensory arrangements that exceed and challenge normative thresholds of recognition. Across these different coordinates, we will link our discussions of multisensory research and methods with contemporary debates in film and media studies that aim to challenge and expand the discipline’s geographical contours.