5208688: FU_Mapping Modern Media

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Semester:WS 21/22
Lektionen / Semester:30.0 L / 22.5 h
Selbststudium:67.5 h



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Everybody is talking about the media. The word is that traditional mass media are dying out while new digital media are about to revolutionize modern society. But what are "the media"? Instead of reviewing what media scholars wrote on this question, we will try to give answers by inquiring into our everyday life: What do you personally regard as a media experience? Who or what plays a role in this course of action? How are these human and non-human actors connected with each other? To which demand is the media experience responding? And what might an alternative response be? By closely describing and mapping events in their daily lives, the students will not only get to know main concepts of actor-network theory, but also develop creative skills along the lines of critical cartography.


  • Exploration of mapping and cartography
  • Introduction into the sociology of actor-network theory
  • Encouragement of critical thinking
  • Experiments with graphical representations


  • Exploration of mapping and cartography
  • Introduction into the sociology of actor-network theory
  • Encouragement of critical thinking
  • Experiments with graphical representations



  • Close reading
  • Teamwork
  • Presentations
  • Individual projects


Deleuze, Gilles: What is a dispositif? [French 1989], in: Michel Foucault Philosopher, ed. and trans. Timothy J. Armstrong, New York: Routledge 1992, pp. 159-168
Ganahl, Simon: Campus Medius: Digital Mapping in the Humanities, in: spheres: Journal for Digital Culture, #1: Politics after Networks (2018), URL: https://doi.org/10.25969/mediarep/3814, see also URL: https://campusmedius.net
Kim, Annette Miae: Critical Cartography Primer, in: Sidewalk City. Remapping Public Space in Ho Chi Minh City, Chicago: University Press 2015, pp. 112-145
Latour, Bruno: Reassembling the Social. An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory, Oxford: University Press 2005
Perec, Georges: Reading: A Socio-physiological Sketch [French 1976], in: Thoughts of Sorts, trans. David Bellos, Boston: Godine 2009, pp. 87-102
Presner, Todd et al.: HyperCities. Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities, Cambridge: Harvard University Press 2014



Assessment tasks:
Attendance and participation (30%)
Presentations of individual projects (30%)
Final project (40%)

Compulsory attendance (min. 80%)



  • Course based on continuous assessment, details see under "assessment".
  • Meeting attendance obligations is an essential pre-requisite for successfully completing a course based on continuous assessment.
  • Attendance must be proven for at least 80% of the stipulated contact time. Responsibility for checking and providing written proof of this obligatory attendance lies with the course lecturer who is required to store this information at least until the end of the semester.
  • In the case of absenteeism that exceeds the specified limits of absence, a medical certificate is required. Responsibility lies with the head of the Coordination Office for Cross-Faculty Elective Subjects to approve the reason for the student's failure to attend.
  • Participation in other activities of the university are not recognized as an excused absence.


Dozent/Lecturer: Dr. Simon Ganahl (http://www.fsw.uzh.ch/personenaz/lehrstuhlsarasin/ganahl.html)

Fakultätsübergreifendes Wahlfach:
Es gelten spezielle Anmeldemodalitäten.


  • P-FU_Mapping Modern Media (WS 21/22, in Bewertung)