VU University Amsterdam
At the end of the course the student
1 Has a general understanding of the historically developed relationships between space, place and various media (TV, internet, mobile media) and the way critics have defined these relationships.
2 Has a good understanding of the social-economic contexts in which the entanglements between media and space & place play a major role and is able to critically reflect on these.
3 Has the capacity to relate the theory to various cultural practices and to relevant practical developments in art, media or design.
4 Is able to compare and assess theories from various disciplines and to relate this broad knowledge to a specialized area of study of his/her own
5 Is able to hold an academic discussion individually and in larger groups; to present a sophisticated argument orally; and to sustain an academic analysis of a certain length in writing.
6 Has acquired all necessary knowledge to articulate a meaningful research question, understand and choose relevant theoretical approaches, select appropriate research methods, and apply this research design to a relevant body of research material in the area of visual art, media or design.
Along with the increasing mobility of goods, money, and people and the interconnectedness of cultures through digital media – known as globalization – issues of space and place have been back on the agenda in various disciplines and cultural practices. As if the so-called placelessness that comes with globalization has called forth a renewed attention to what gets lost. This does not mean that place and space in those discussions and practices simply refer back to rootedness, as opposed to movement. Rather, spatiality often gets redefined in relation to the physical and virtual mobilities through which it is reshaped. Interestingly, addressing such new questions about space & place in the arts, design and media also has far-reaching effects for ourselves since it enables us to take the objects of our research beyond their presumed autonomy – beyond the screen or frame so to speak – and into the
lectures and seminars in which students actively engage with the texts
Final grades will be based on participation in class and performance as leader of the discussion (20%), mid-term essay (20%), and final essay (60%).
Objective 1: participation & discussion; mid-term essay
Objective 2: participation & discussion; mid-term essay
Objective 3: participation & discussion; final essay
Objective 4: Final essay
Objective 5: participation & discussion; mid-term & final essay
Objective 6: final essay
Admission to Humanities Research Master: Critical Studies in Art & Culture. Students from other tracks in the Humanities Research Master, and students from comparable research master’s programmes elsewhere, may be admitted individually, depending on their background knowledge.
Research MA students Critical Studies in Art & Culture
This course alternates on a yearly basis with the other Research Master core-module ‘Imagining the Image’.