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    Vassar College
  Jan 21, 2018
Catalogue 2017-2018
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ENGL 282 - The History of Mediascapes: Critical Maker Culture

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)
(Same as STS 282 ) This class takes as its jumping off point the point made in Colonial Mediascapes and the work of Arjun Appadurai’s “Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy” and his definition of “mediascape,”: “the second of the five “scapes”… an elementary framework for understanding the new phenomenon of information distribution in “a world in which both points of departure and points of arrival are in cultural flux…” (Germaine Warkentin, “Dead Metaphor or Working Model?, Colonial Mediascapes, 49). This class decolonizes book history and “maker culture.” In particular, we consider issue of race, gender, disability, neurodiversity, sexuality in working and making an alternative history of the book that includes the khipu, the girdle book, the wampum, pamphlets, zines, and wearable media technology. This is also a media maker class in which you are asked to scrape vellum, try your hand at papermaking, sew, knot, and sodder circuits, and tackle an Arduino kit. Dorothy Kim.

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