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et qui leur sera distribué par voie électronique : chaque séance s'appuie ainsi sur un texte de référence, indiqué comme tel dans le Syllabus. Pour le reste, une bonne prise de notes pendant le cours et une relecture attentive après seront sufﬁsants.
SCREENING SOCALISM : VISUAL CULTURE IN EASTERN EUROPE
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
of the various “popular democracies”, as well as to the need for a cautious periodization. In order to grasp both common trends and speciﬁc experiences, the course will ﬁrst and foremost rely on visual material : movies, documentaries, photographs, cartoons, maps. The assumption here is that images provide an especially rich - and all too often neglected - source in doing research on the past. Second, the course will provide an introduction to visual culture, as well as to the anthropology of images. We live in a world that is surrounded with and immersed into images (ﬁlm, television, digital media). The challenge now is to develop tools to analyze the production and the reception of these visual media, as well as their interactions with script and space. How can we place visual forms in an historical, cultural and aesthetic context ? Moreover, how can we make sense of the experiences and practices of seeing ? The social construction of vision shall therefore lie at the core of the course. Finally, we shall venture into issues of sources, methods, and knowledge in social sciences. Which uses can social sciences make of visual materials ? What caveats need to be avoided when “making images speak” ? Art history, ﬁlm studies, and visual anthropology, to quote but a few ﬁelds, have all tried to address these questions. In turn, students will be invited to engage with these issues as they work on their own research project for the course. Required reading : Peter Sis, The Wall. Growing up Behind the Iron Curtain, Praha : Labyrint & Raketa, 2008 ; Marc Edele, “Strange Young Man in Stalin's Moscow : The Birth and Life of the Stiliagi, 1945-1953,” Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas, 50, 2002 (1), p.37-61 ; Irene Dolling, “"We all love Paula but Paul is more important to us" : Constructing a "socialist person" using the "femininity" of a working woman,” New German Critique, 82, Winter 2001, p.77-90.
Teachers : Nadège RAGARU (Chargée de recherches à Sciences Po, CERI). Pedagogical format : Elective Course validation : Participation and readings. This seminar is based on discussion of shared readings and visual materials. Hence, it is of prime importance that students do engage with the print and visual sources they will be given. Participation will account for 25% of the ﬁnal grade. Oral presentation of the compulsory readings and written texts. Every week, two students will be responsible for presenting and introducing the discussion on the visual documents and the compulsory readings (10 minutes per presentation). Their comments will be summarized in short papers (2 pages, TNR 11, single spaced) that will be circulated among their colleagues. The papers will account for 25% of the ﬁnal grade. Research project and ﬁnal paper. Finally, over the course of the semester, each student shall be asked to formulate a research project based on the collection of original visual material, write a ﬁnal assignment (10 pages, TNR 11, single spaced) and present it in class. The research project shall account for 50% of the grade. The ﬁnal draft will be due one week after the end of the course. Course Description : The purpose of this course is threefold. First, the course aims to offer an introduction to the everyday life and politics of socialism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Twenty three years after the downfall of communism, our knowledge of lives beyond the “Berlin Wall” has signiﬁcantly expanded. Cultural studies, in particular, have enhanced our understanding of the concrete workings of socialism. Attention has been brought to the diverse historical trajectories