Senior Seminar – Contemporary Art, Race, and the Philosophy of Media
190 001 | CCN: 29128
Rizvana G Bradley
Location: Dwinelle 226
Date and Time: TU 2:00pm - 4:59pm
This course will interrogate the intersections of the philosophy of media and ‘race’ as a global idea, and explore how such lines of inquiry might open up novel readings of contemporary art. Specifically, we will read race into media theory and its critical genealogy, thinking in particular about how the figure of ‘technical man’ emerges at the nexus of media philosophy and a racial discourse that produces ‘race’ as a world historical idea and a cultural fiction, engineered and deployed in service of imperialism, colonialism, New World slavery. How does race compel us to rethink the figure of the human that frames media philosophy discourse?
Readings may draw from thinkers such as: Bernard Stiegler, Friedrich A. Kittler, Marshall McLuhan, Frantz Fanon, Bernadette Wegenstein, Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin, Mary Ann Doane, Wendy Chun, Lev Manovich, Mark Hansen, Katherine Hayles, Alexander Weheliye, Fred Moten, Louis Chude-Sokei, Hito Steyerl, Kara Keeling, and Simone Browne, among others.