PREREQUISITE: ANTH-UA 1.
Uses an anthropological approach to the study of media in the contemporary world, with a special emphasis on the representation of cultures and cultural difference in documentary and feature film. Explores the fundamental role of media in the rise of modern societies and in contemporary globalization. Introduces some of the main analytic frameworks and theoretical debates through which media have been understood over the years and reconsiders them in light of ethnographic and cross-cultural studies of media production and distribution, as well as reception and exhibition practices. Pays particular attention to indigenous media, the function media has played in the creation of new forms of political and cultural activism, and the role of media within global tourism.