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HMS-457P Photographic Theory

3 Credits

This course considers the exponential expansion of photographic practices over the last two centuries through the lens of the most recent theoretical writings on photography. Particular attention will be paid to the escalating role of the photographic image (the "technical image") in the political organization of society, ranging from the experiential and the psychic to the geopolitical and genocidal. Our study entails a rigorous elaboration of the complex relationship between photography, racialization, imperialism, gender, sexuality, commodification, financialization, and the ubiquitous cybernetic interface known as the screen.