Contesting Images


Course Objective

1. To acquire knowledge of and insight in debates and problematic issues
regarding the notions of artistic, religious and political iconoclasm
and idolatry/ iconophilia both in past and present times.
2. To be actively involved in the course by textual analysis of the
course literature related to the lectures.
3. To practice skills required for an academic essay by composing 1)
research questions and 2) proposals (work plans).
4. To write a sound academic essay of substantial size and on level 300,
consisting of course literature, additional independent research, and
application to a new case, related to the course theme.

Course Content

After the historical and theoretical study of visual and material
culture in years 1 and 2, year 3 of the bachelor of MKDA (Media, Art,
Design and Architecture) problematizes the concept of visual culture by
paying attention to the critique of the image and to iconoclasm.
Attention will be paid to religious and political iconoclasm (e.g. the
Iconoclastic Fury of the Reformation); theoretical critique of
'ocularcentrism' and its effects on film theory; the problematization of
the image in modern art; iconization and iconoclasm in design; and the
(imagination of) the city as contested area.

Teaching Methods

Lectures (2 hrs per week) and seminar (2 hrs per week). Attendance of
the seminar is compulsory for all meetings (100%), while for the
lectures 80% attendance may be accepted but 100% is recommended.
However, missing the first lecture (which also serves as an introduction
to the course) may result in expulsion from the course.

Method of Assessment

Course objective 2: Weekly uploads of questions for the discussions in
the seminar, to be submitted.
Course objectives 1, 3: Written formulation and justification of
research questions, as the first prologue to the final essay. Needs to
submitted in order to continue with the work plan (proposal).
Course objectives 1, 3: Written proposal on the basis of the previous
assignment, as the second prologue to the final essay. Needs to be
submitted, to be permitted to write the final essay.
Course objective 1, 3, 4: Written final essay, of 3000 words, related to
the course and of substantial academic level (level 300).
The essay counts for 100% of the final grade, but discussion questions
and work plans must beforehand have been passed as 'sufficient', in
order to be allowed to start with the final essay.

Entry Requirements

One of the second year courses at MKDA: Visies en gezichtspunten
L_KABAMKD203 or Filmanalyse en -theorie L_ZABAMKD202.


Articles, on Canvas or e-book.

Target Audience

Compulsory for all 3rd year MKDA students (all specializations).
Exchange students: only 3rd-year bachelor students with a background in
Cultural Studies, Media Studies, or Art or Design History, within
Faculties of Arts or Humanities, and with a good command of the English

Additional Information

Written assignments can be submitted in English or Dutch.

General Information

Course Code L_AABAMKD305
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. I.L. Blom
Examiner dr. I.L. Blom
Teaching Staff dr. I.L. Blom
dr. S. Lutticken

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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