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New Views on Photography and Its History

Course
FKAFTH
Master’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
25%
Time
Day
Location
Location independent
Study form
Distance
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
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Application code
GU-15050
Tuition
Full education cost: 71 250 SEK
First payment: 71 250 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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Summary

This course offers a multi-perspective survey of contemporary photographic culture and of new practice-based research on photography. This is an advanced-level course intended for students who wish to deepen their knowledge and develop a critically reflective attitude towards photography as a lens-based medium from both contemporary and historical perspectives.

About

Based on current research projects, this course sheds light on how photography examines and expresses a number of today’s urgent issues and challenges, such as truth in an age characterized by resistance to facts, melting glaciers and other ecological catastrophes, decolonisation perspectives and strategies for bringing change to an inequitable world. A central aspect of the course is how photography relates to and thematicises its own heterogeneous history and the role that photography and photographic archives play in our interpretation and understanding of the past.       

Photography and photographic research are in many cases multidisciplinary, and a series of lectures in this course will give students insight into how various professions – photographers, curators, editors and researchers – often work together. The invited lecturers work with photography, film, writing, exhibitions and other types of publication, which means that questions about circulation, networks and mediafication play a prominent role. Also central to the course is that photography is seen as part of a larger lens-based practice, and the goal is to give students a broader understanding of the medium of photography than one would get from a traditional history of photography. The course also includes that students formulate and discuss own proposals for an practice-based research projects.

Course meetings 

The course will be offered on a quarterly basis (25 %) during the fall semester 2022 and spring semester 2023. There will be four meetings during the fall semester 2022 and five meetings during the spring semester 2023. All meetings will be held remotely via Zoom. Classes are scheduled to be held on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Prerequisites and selection

Requirements

Bachelor's degree or equivalent. 

Selection

Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.