VCM3618 Black Visual Culture

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Karen Nava

Course Description:

Visual culture, Nicholas Mirzoeff’s (1999) definition, is perhaps best understood as a tactic for studying the functions of a world addressed through pictures, images, and visualizations, rather than through texts and words. The focus in this course will be an exploration and interpretation of the African global experience through signs and symbols, still photography, television, video and film. Using discussions of visualizations in still and moving images, with an introduction to important films by African directors.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Students will explore the contemporary dialectical interactions between the indigenous traditions on the one hand and colonialism, Arabo-Islamization, Westernization, and Modernization on the other. Topics such as slave trade, roots and ancestry, diaspora, colonial dynamics, stereotypes, and Independence, will be discussed using images and film.

Why This Course Is Important:

This course opens up discourse of Black visual culture with a heavey focus on Art and photography, and also some impoartant films.