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Materialidades da Cultura

Professores: António Sousa Ribeiro e Catarina Martins

Conteúdos Programáticos
Esta disciplina oferece um espaço de reflexão sobre o conceito de cultura na sua articulação com a questão das materialidades. Está organizada na forma de um percurso por vários contextos de elaboração teórica dessa articulação, com vista à constituição de um universo de referências consistente que possa servir de base ao desenvolvimento dos interesses específicos dos estudantes. Algumas das estações desse percurso são, nomeadamente: cultura e modernidade; a materialidade dos signos; a materialidade das mediações técnicas; a materialidade da produção industrial e do mercado; a materialidade das instituições sociais; a materialidade das “coisas”; a materialidade do corpo e da performance; a materialidade do poder.

Objectivos do Seminário
A unidade curricular visa fornecer elementos de análise da cultura e da história da cultura do ponto de vista das suas materialidades. Espera-se que os estudantes adquiram: a) uma melhor competência no manejo de conceitos centrais dos estudos de cultura; b) se familiarizem com as referências mais relevantes; e c) desenvolvam uma capacidade autónoma de investigação conducente à formulação e execução de projetos consistentes.


Materialities of Culture

Seminar Description
This course offers an opportunity for reflection on the concept of culture in its articulation with issues of materiality. It is organized as a journey through various contexts of theoretical elaboration of that articulation, with the aim of developing a universe of consistent references that can serve as a basis for developing the particular research interests of students. Some of the stations on this route are: culture and modernity; the materiality of signs; the materiality of technical mediation; the materiality of industrial production and the market; the materiality of social institutions; the materiality of “things”; the materiality of the body and performance; the materiality of power.

Seminar Objectives
This seminar aims to provide elements for an analysis of culture and cultural history in terms of their materialities. It is expected that students: a) acquire greater competence in the use of the central concepts of cultural studies; b) become familiar with the most relevant references; and c) develop an autonomous capacity for research leading to the formulation and development of consistent projects


Bibliografia Principal | Main Bibliography
Alexander, Jeffrey C. (2010). “Iconic Consciousness: The Material Feeling of Meaning”, Thesis Eleven, 103(1), 10-25.
Appadurai, Arjun (ed.) (1986). The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Broadhurst, Susan; Machon, Josephine (eds.) (2009). Sensualities/Textualities and Technologies. Writings of the Body in 21st Century Performance. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.
Cheville, Julie (2006). “The Bias of Materiality in Sociocultural Research: Reconceiving Embodiment”, Mind, Culture and Activity, 13(1), 25-37.
Dant, Tim (2005). Materiality and Society. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Gumbrecht, Hans Ulrich; Marrinan, Michael (orgs.) (2003). Mapping Benjamin: The Work of Art in the Digital Age. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
Gumbrecht, Hans Ulrich; Pfeiffer, Karl Ludwig (eds.) (1994). Materialities of Communication. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press.
Lash, Scott; Celia Lury (2007). Global Culture Industry: The Mediation of Things. London: Polity Press.
Miller, Daniel (ed.) (2005). Materiality. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press.
Reckwitz, Andreas (2002). “The Status of the ‘Material’ in Theories of Culture: From ‘Social Structure’ to ‘Artifacts’”, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 32(2), 195-217.
Staten, Henry (2012). “The Origin of the Work of Art in Material Practice”, New Literary History, 43, 43-64.

© António Sousa Ribeiro, 2010-2014.



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