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Media and Culture Reading - Popular Culture - JKM198
Title: Media and Culture Reading - Popular Culture
Czech title: Média a kultura - seminář čtení textů z populární kultury
Guaranteed by: Department of Media Studies (23-KMS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2023
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 3
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:0/2, C [HT]
Capacity: unknown / 5 (10)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course for students of another faculty
course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: doc. PhDr. Irena Reifová, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): doc. PhDr. Irena Reifová, Ph.D.
Class: Courses for incoming students
Is incompatible with: JKM114
Annotation
The class is structured as a reading seminar where students independently read assigned texts and respond to accompanying assignments. These texts, which address fundamental issues and debates in the field of media and culture, are meant to illustrate the importance of media in shaping memory.

As homework, students are expected to read the pre-selected texts and present their critical understanding of the material in class. This seminar aims to introduce basic frameworks for studying mediated memory and its impact on both individual and collective memory.

The class begins with an introductory lecture that provides an overview of key theoretical perspectives on memory from various fields such as philosophy, sociology, anthropology, history, and media studies. The lecture highlights essential concepts such as personal and collective memory, the difference between memory, history, and the past, nostalgia, trauma, discontinuity of memory, and others.

These core concepts are further explored and expanded upon through the readings assigned for the course, allowing students to gain a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the topic.
Last update: Reifová Irena, doc. PhDr., Ph.D. (18.02.2024)
Aim of the course

The aim of this course is to improve students' ability to critically read scholarly texts. It is designed to make the process of reading scholarly literature a reflective and controlled activity. Throughout the course, students will gain insight into how meaning is extracted from academic texts.

Additionally, the course aims to familiarize students with the major perspectives on the relationship between media and memory as they have evolved in media and cultural studies. By the end of the course, students will have a solid understanding of the theories and concepts central to the field.

Last update: Reifová Irena, doc. PhDr., Ph.D. (18.02.2024)
Literature

Alexander, Jeffrey C. (2004) Toward a Theory of Cultural Trauma. Pp. 1-31 in Alexander, Jeffrey C. at al. (eds.) Cultural Trauma

Assmann, Jan (2008) Communicative and Cultural Memory. Pp. 109 - 125 in Erll, Astrid - Nünning, Ansgar (eds.) Cultural Memory Studies: An International and Interdisciplinary Handbook. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter.

Boudana, S.- Frosh, P. - Cohen, A. A. (2017) Reviving Icons To Death: When Historic Photographs Become Digital Memes. Media, Culture & Society, 39(8) 1210–1230

de Leeuw, Sonja (2010) Television Fiction: A Domain of Memory - Retelling the Past on Dutch Television. Pp. 139-151 in Erin Bell and Ann Gray (eds.), Televising History. London: Palgrave.

Garde-Hannsen, Joan (2011) Media and Memory. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Chapter "Memory studies and media studies", pp. 13-30.

Hoskins, Andrew (2009) The Mediatisation of Memory. Pp. 27-43 in Joanne Garde-Hansen, Andrew Hoskins, Anna Reading (eds.), Save As...Digital Memories. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Pehe, Veronika. (2020) Velvet Retro. Postsocialist Nostalgia and the Politics of Heroism in Czech Popular Culture. New York : Berghahn Books. Introduction, Pp. 1-26.

Pickering, M. – Keightley, E. (2006) The modalities of nostalgia. Current Sociology, 54(6): 919–41

Volk, Sabine (2022): Resisting ‘leftist dictatorship’? Memory politics and collective action framing in populist far-right street protest, European Politics and Society, DOI: 10.1080/23745118.2022.2058756

Zelizer, Barbie (2014) Memory as Foreground, Journalism as Background. Pp. 32-49 in Barbie Zelizer, Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt (eds.), Journalism and Memory. London: Palgrave.

Last update: Reifová Irena, doc. PhDr., Ph.D. (18.02.2024)
Teaching methods

The course is centered on discussions of assigned texts, which must be read prior to each class session. It is essential that each student read the designated text for each class as homework. The in-class component of the course consists of a brief introduction to the topic, followed by group discussions.

To facilitate these discussions, students will be divided into smaller groups and presented with a question or task related to the assigned reading. Each group will have 10 minutes to prepare before presenting their conclusions orally to the rest of the class. The structure of the course is designed to encourage active participation and critical thinking about the texts.

Last update: Reifová Irena, doc. PhDr., Ph.D. (18.02.2024)
Requirements to the exam

Students will earn credit for preparing and presenting their own individual presentations during the final class session. Each presentation should be 5-7 minutes long.

Instructions for preparation of the presentations are as follows:

Each student must locate a new text that relates to one of the topics covered in the class sessions, but has not been read or discussed in class. This text should be sourced from scholarly journals (accessible through databases) or edited books from reputable publishers.

The presentation should include the following components:

  • Identification of the topic from the class sessions that the new text relates to
  • Summary of the main arguments presented in the new text
  • Explanation of how and why the new text corresponds with the specific topic from the class sessions.

By presenting their own research and analysis of a new text, students will demonstrate their ability to critically evaluate and synthesize information related to the class topics.

Last update: Reifová Irena, doc. PhDr., Ph.D. (12.02.2023)
Syllabus

20 February 2024

Opening session:  rules and principles of the seminar, FAQ’s

 

27 February 2024

Introductory lecture: Theoretical framework for the study of memory in old and new media age

This lecture explores the burgeoning field of memory studies and highlights key concepts that are crucial to understanding the relationship between memory and communication media. It asserts that there is a strong connection between memory and media, reflected in the ways in which memory is produced, stored, and conveyed through media.

The lecture focuses on the central areas of media memory research, including journalism, media's impact on individual memory, media's role in shaping collective memory (with a particular emphasis on its potential for shaping social hegemony), and the changes brought about by the digitalization of memory processes.

Overall, the lecture provides a comprehensive overview of the relationship between memory and media and provides a foundation for further inquiry and exploration in this field.

5 March 2024

Memory and History: Seminal Ideas in the Study of the Collective Memory (Maurice Halbwachs, Henri Bergson, Paul Ricoeur, Pierre Nora, Jacques LeGof)

Reading:

Garde-Hannsen, Joan (2011) Media and Memory. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Chapter "Memory studies and media studies", pp. 13-30.

Physical book in FSV library.

 

12 March 2024

Cultural Memory

Reading:

Assmann, Jan (2008) Communicative and Cultural Memory. Pp. 109 - 125 in Erll, Astrid - Nünning, Ansgar (eds.) Cultural Memory Studies: An International and Interdisciplinary Handbook. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter.

Online publication in FSV library.

 

19 March 2024

Journalism and Memory: Intertwining Histories

Reading:

Četba: Zelizer, Barbie (2014) Memory as Foreground, Journalism as Background. Pp. 32-49 in Barbie Zelizer, Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt (eds.), Journalism and Memory. London: Palgrave.

Physical book in FSV library.

 

26 March 2024

Memory Construction in Television Drama

Reading:

de Leeuw, Sonja (2010) Television Fiction: A Domain of Memory - Retelling the Past on Dutch Television. Pp. 139-151 in Erin Bell and Ann Gray (eds.), Televising History. London: Palgrave

Uploaded in SIS.

 

2 April 2024

Collective Memory as a Carrier of Nostalgia

Reading:

Pickering, M. – Keightley, E. (2006) The modalities of nostalgia. Current Sociology, 54(6): 919–41.

In the digital database of Sage journals.

 

9 April 2024

Nostalgia and Retro in Post-Socialist Culture

Reading:

Pehe, Veronika. (2020) Velvet Retro. Postsocialist Nostalgia and the Politics of Heroism in Czech Popular Culture. New York : Berghahn Books. Introduction, Pp. 1-26. 

Online publication in FSV library.

 

16 April 2024

Collective Memory as a carrier of trauma

Reading:

Alexander, Jeffrey C. (2004) Toward a Theory of Cultural Trauma. Pp. 1-31 in Alexander, Jeffrey C. at al. (eds.) Cultural Trauma and Identity. Berkley: University of California Press.

Online publication in FSV library.

 

23 April 2024

Memory and produsage

Reading:

Boudana, S.- Frosh, P. - Cohen, A. A. (2017) Reviving Icons To Death: When Historic Photographs Become Digital Memes. Media, Culture & Society, 39(8) 1210–1230.

In the digital database of Sage journals.

 

30 April 2024

Collective Memory in the Digital Age

Reading:

Hoskins, Andrew (2009) The Mediatisation of Memory. Pp. 27-43 in Joanne Garde-Hansen, Andrew Hoskins, Anna Reading (eds.), Save As...Digital Memories. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Physical book in FSV library.

 

7 May 2024

Students´ final presentations 

 

14 May 2024

Rector´s Day - classes cancelled

Last update: Reifová Irena, doc. PhDr., Ph.D. (18.02.2024)
 
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