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SOCL908: Anthropology of Cybercultures
Course Convenor: Lucy Suchman
This course explores a range of contemporary scholarship oriented to the study of ‘cybercultures,’ broadly defined as forms of sociality mediated through the Internet and related infrastructures. The focus is on research inspired by ethnographic and more broadly anthropological perspectives, informed by relevant work in media and cultural studies, and in science and technology studies. Beginning with a critical consideration of the trope of ‘cybercultures’ itself, the course will be organized through a set of readings chosen to illustrate central topics for an anthropology of the cultural and material practices that comprise digital technologies. Taking a transdisciplinary approach, the course will include perspectives from social history, material culture studies, software studies, cultural critique and ethnographies of everyday practice. We will consider the origins and distinctive characteristics of computer-based artefacts, their place in professional and popular discourses, and everyday practices of their design and use. The course should be of interest to students engaged in social and cultural studies of media, science and technology, as well as those involved in the design or management of information and communications technologies.
One 5,000 word essay.
Boellstorff, Tom (2008) Coming of Age in Second Life. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
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