Cultural Studies | Special Topics in Cultural Studies Global and Transnational Media
C701 | 25951 | De Boer

This course is a survey of cultural approaches to screen and mobile
media in their interface with global, local and national cultures
and identities.

The production, circulation and reception of film, television and
digital media have been widely implicated in processes and debates
on the global, local or national dynamics of culture. Look through
any popular or academic journal and we will encounter an
overwhelming range of explanations for how (trans)national media
cultures are produced, to what effects they circulate, and the means
through which local identities are (or are not) produced in relation
to them.  If we are intent on not simply accepting but rather
interrogating the “global,” “local” or “national” contours of film
and media culture, by what models do we do so?  To what disciplines
and lines of inquiry might we look in order to unpack their
implications and effects?

The survey provided by this course will help us to understand the
terrain and fault lines of this widening field such that we can
emplace our own critical or active work within it. In so doing, we
will address such questions as: What are the cultural implications
of global, local or national media? Are they constructed through
relations of domination or negotiation?  How do we begin to
understand the ways in which their impacts might shift in relation
to particular producers, consumers and audiences, locations, mediums
or identities? How can we explain their dynamics in relation to
specific moments or networks of interchange?

We will thus address debates surrounding cultural globalization as
they have been linked to film, television and digital media. Topics
will include: (trans)national cinemas, Third cinema, global
Hollywood, the culture industries, global/local media flows,
television formats, diasporic audiences, mediated relations of
gender and sexuality, satellite footprints, global ideals and “new”
technologies, co-productions, alternative or resistant media venues,

The syllabus will include readings by such prominent theorists as:
Anderson, Higson, Armes, Morley, Robbins, Curtin, Miller, Ang, Ong,
Gillespie, Hall, Parks, Appadurai, Mankekar, Abu-Lugod, Havens, Shu,
Naficy, Tinic, Ginsberg, Iwabuchi, Ito, Baudrillard, Verilio.

Class will be held in seminar format.  Participants will engage in
the following, in the interest of encouraging a professionalized
entry into the field:

•	lead discussion of seminar readings
•	write two short essays reflecting upon readings from the
•	present to the class an overview of one academic journal of
interest to you (Public Culture, International Journal of Cultural
Studies, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Screen,
etc.) and what it offers for the study of global and (trans)national
film or media
•	produce a final project of (your choice): a literature
review based paper (its line of inquiry to be based in your own
research project), a conference paper or book review (the latter to
be submitted to one of the journals presented in the seminar).