AU: 3.0
Programme: ADM

This course focuses on the relationships between photography and colonialism and will examine how photographic images participated as discursive objects in various colonial contexts in multiple formats such albums, surveys, postcards, and stereoscopic cards. How did popular postcards made for the tourist market produce a rhetoric of difference between Westerners and non-European peoples and places? How do the verbal markers such as captions on postcards and text that frame images in albums and stereoscopic cards participate in the colonial constructions of racial, cultural, and geographical difference? This course will also look at a diverse range of images by not only Western photographers, but also local photographers and to study if local photographers continue to construct their subjects as objects of fascination and spectacle? Structured as a series of case studies, this course will engage with such questions and other notions about nineteenth-century photography