Photography and Intermediality

Course Code :2400FSWFOI
Study domain:Communication Studies
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:45
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Katarzyna Monika Ruchel-Stockmans

3. Course contents *

This course introduces you to the meaning of photography across time and place. Addressing

early photography as well as contemporary digital practices it brings in a creative dialogue with

each other early daguerreotypes with Instagram; mobile phone photography with the image

philosophy of Walter Benjamin, and Roland Barthes; drone images with Indian and aboriginal

Australian visual culture. Starting off with an introduction to the invention of photography, the

course proceeds with an exploration of the classics that make up our understanding of

photography. You will then be introduced to decolonial debates, affect theory and participative practices.

Finally you will learn to analyze photographs within the context of today’s digital habitats hence

learning also basic elements of digital culture. All lectures will be illustrated with the help of a rich

array of visual materials. The course includes student presentations, in which you will be asked to read and present a theoretical text and group work around specific topics.




Your participation in the class activities (presentations, group discussions) will constitute an integral part of the evaluation for the course.


Teaching method


Lectures (illustrated with the help of visual materials) and practice-based tutorials.