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Visual Culture: Body and Image


Course code: KOVN14
Swedish title: Visual Culture: Body and Image
ECTS credits: 15
Programme affiliation: Part of Masterprogram i Visual Culture


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Study period: autumn 2017
Type of studies: full time, day
Study period: 2017-10-30 – 2018-01-14
Language of instruction: English
Eligibility: 90 credits from first cycle including Bachelor's essay in one of the subjects history of art and visual studies, filmvetenskap, musicology, design studies, architecture, visual view of mankind or the equivalent knowledge

Application code: LU-E1621

Application code: LU-31611

Introductory meeting: 2017-10-30 at 13.15 – 15.00: LUX C327

Teachers: Björn Fritz, Lila Lee-Morrison, Max Liljefors, Joacim Sprung, Ellen Suneson


The course covers issues related to the human body and its status in modern and contemporary society, with particular regard to the display, representation, exposure, and invisibilisation of the body in different societal, cultural and artistic contexts. The modern and contemporary problematics of the body, and of how it is pictured and imagined, are studied with consideration of their continuities and discontinuities with the visual cultures of pre-modern periods.

The course examines the visual cultures of the body from three perspectives:

  1. The connections between visualisation and knowledge, control and power, including the economisation, politicisation and juridification of the body in the context of bioscience, bioeconomy, and biopolitics.
  2. The relation between embodiment, individuality and subjectivity, including issues of identity, self-(mis)recognition and performativity in relation to ethnicity and race, gender, age, disability, etc.
  3. Theoretical and philosophical understandings of human corporeality and its existential conditions and implications, including the complex relations between visuality and materiality.


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