E660 | 27999 | Girshick

How do images of the Other affect our understandings of other
cultures?  Do our visual impressions of Africans or Australian
Aborigines affect the ways we deal with them?  This course focuses on
the role of visual representations in art, photography, and film as
they reflect and shape our understanding of other cultures - and our
own. We begin with a general discussion of the politics of
representation.  We then turn to topics such as representations of The
Other in ethnographic films, colonial photography, and Hollywood
movies.  Finally we examine how Euro-Americans are depicted in the
visual arts of Africa, Native America and the Pacific  -- how do They
see Us? This course will be conducted as a seminar. Short papers,
class presentations, and a final take-home exam will be required.