Courses: Language and Electronic Media (ANTHH236A01)

Fall 2010

20th century politics and culture were intimately linked to the rapid development of radio, television, and film. These electronic media have creatively engaged with local cultural practices around the world in reshaping the nature of artistic expression, national, gendered, and racial difference, and political power. This course uses anthropological notions of language to examine cultures of electronic media around the globe. We will create a theoretical frame that will allow us to look at radio, video/film, television, the internet, and mobile phone technologies as forms of social mediation. Mass media will be considered in relation to the formation of new types of embodiment, value, production, and consumption. In particular, we will trace how actor-centered performance approaches to language, reference, and authority give insight into the making of contemporary, electronically-mediated ways of understanding the world. This class draws together the fields of philosophy of language, linguistic anthropology, media studies, and various approaches to performance studies.

Prerequisites: This course requires at least one anthropology course and instructor's permission.

Fulfills: SO I Limit:25


Anthropology (Web site)

Taught By

Jesse Shipley (Profile)


Haverford, Chase 101

Meeting Times

TTh 2:30-4:00