Extractivism: Data & Methodology

Kristina Pia Hofer
Institute of Fine Arts and Media Art, Media Theory
2023W, Proseminar (PS), 3.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04961

Description

This course is a ‘Proseminar,’ literally a class that will prepare you for the academic Seminars (i.e., classes that require a 15-20 page academic term paper) offered at Angewandte, with a focus on methodologies used in Media Studies. Our topical frame for thinking methodology will be extractivism in sound and music research, both historical and current: How are anthropological sound recordings that are stored in museum and university archives in Europe entangled with colonial epistemologies and ecologies? How have practices of “hungry listening” (Robinson 2020) extracted musics from indigenous contexts for Western sound art? What strategies have minoritized sound producers come up with to counter and refuse extractivist logics of possession? While we’re engaging with texts that address these questions, I will invite you to rehearse, review and refine your basic academic research skills (identifying research questions, honing arguments, finding and referencing sources). Together, we’ll think through how our own ‘handling’ of data might reproduce extractivist dynamics, and whether there are ways to work differently.

Examination Modalities

Attendance is mandatory. There will be a reading assignment to complete before each class, i.e., you will have to read a text at home and will be expected to be able to discuss it at length in class. I’ll ask you to complete a number of short written assignments over the course of the term, which you will bring to class to get feedback on. You will write these assignments both in the classroom and at home; and you might be both working alone and collaborating with your peers. Grades will be calculated according to: participation in class (especially in workshops/group discussions), and your portfolio (=collection of all written assignments, to be handed in by the end of the term).

Comments

Classroom language is English. Reading will be in English; I will sometimes be able to provide a German translation. Assignments can be written in English and German. If you feel more comfortable contributing to classroom discussions in German, we will work together to make it work.

Key Words

sound studies, media theory, music, cultural politics

Dates

09 October 2023, 15:45–17:15 Seminar Room 24
16 October 2023, 15:45–19:15 Seminar Room 24
06 November 2023, 15:45–19:15 Seminar Room 20
20 November 2023, 15:45–19:15 Seminar Room 24
11 December 2023, 15:45–19:15 Seminar Room 24
18 December 2023, 15:45–19:15 , "Field visit to Phonogrammarchiv"
15 January 2024, 15:45–19:15 Seminar Room 20
22 January 2024, 15:45–17:15 Seminar Room 24

Course Enrolment

From 09 August 2023, 15:00 to 09 October 2023, 15:00
Via online registration

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