Media Culture in Asia
7.5 credits cr.
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This course introduces the increasing body of English-language scholarship on Asia as a media region.
It applies a cultural rather than technological concept of media, highlighting actors and practices of mediation but also the materiality of the mediating objects.
Theoretically it foregrounds cultural studies and media studies. Practically it focuses on entertaining fiction in popular media that are globally associated with Asia and that play a central role in recent franchises and fandom (such as animation, comics, TV drama, genre cinema, video games, popular literature, light novels etc.). While the emphasis is on the 21st century, historical background is also considered important.
The course deals with crucial concepts of “culture” and “media” and their interrelation.
The instruction consists of seminars. Attendance at all instruction is obligatory.
Course details and resources
Course details and resources for S23 can be found in the learning platform Athena.
Please note that only registred students have access to downloadable resources, like PDF documents, in Athena.
The course is examined on the basis of 3 written assignments and 2-3 oral presentations during the duration of the course.
ScheduleThe schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
Course literatureNote that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.