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Seminar: 3.02.140 S Communicating Science - Engaging (with) Nature: Film & Television Documentaries and the Environment - Details
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Course name Seminar: 3.02.140 S Communicating Science - Engaging (with) Nature: Film & Television Documentaries and the Environment
Course number 3.02.140
Semester Sommersemester 2022
Current number of participants 31
maximum number of participants 36
Home institute Institute of English and American Studies
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
Next date Tue., 05.07.2022 16:15 - 17:45, Room: A01 0-010 b
Lehrsprache englisch
ECTS points 6


Seminar Introduction, The Environment in the American Imagination, Film and the Environment, The Environmental Impact of the Media, The Colonial / Imperial Gaze, What Is a Documentary?, The Spectacle of Nature, Who Tells the Stories?, Roman(ti)ci(zi)ng the Wilderness, The Alienness of the Deep Sea, The Ethics of Documentary Filmmaking, Digital Nature, Wrap-Up, Docu-Horror (this will be an online week--see description)

Course location / Course dates

A01 0-010 b Tue.. 16:15 - 17:45 (14x)

Module assignments


Some of the earliest documentary films, such as In the Land of the Head Hunters (1914) and Nanook of the North (1922), explore the relationship between human beings and their natural environments. Both Head Hunters and Nanook are also (pseudo-)scientific films, (purported) ethnographic studies of "primitive" peoples. As such, they demonstrate the close interconnection between science and motion pictures--indeed, motion pictures became important tools of scientific observation and inquiry practically as soon as they were discovered.

In this seminar, we will explore ways in which documentary films frame (scientific) knowledge about nature, the environment, and humankind's varied relationships and entanglements with the natural world. In so doing, we will soon discover that films that seem to center on nature often say more about humans than the natural world they purport to represent.

See the "preliminary information" announcement and the schedule for my current plans for this seminar.

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The course is part of admission "ang612-615 Aufbau Lit/Cult".
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    At least one of these conditions must be fulfilled for enrolment:
    • Degree is Erw.fach Gymnasium
    • Subject is Anglistik
    • Subject is English Studies
    • Degree is Anpassungslehrgang
    • Subject is Englisch
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