800147 :Intimacy, Privacy and Authenticity (IC/DJ)


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: Interactive lectures (Collegerooster)
Tentamenvorm: Three papers (3 x 25 % = 75 %) and discussion in class (25%) (Geen informatie over tentamendata bekend)
Studielast:6 ECTS credits
Inschrijving:Enrollment via Blackboard before start of lectures
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dr. I.G.M. van de Ven (coördinator)

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

After following this course the student has insight in:

  • Current theories of authenticity, intimacy and privacy
  • Analysis of different contemporary cultural products (texts, movies, online data)

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

This course considers how contemporary Western cultures focus on authentic lifestyles, intimate experiences and private secrets, at the same time unravelling these concepts, and allegedly resulting in a competitive, self-absorbed individualism. We will explore the public/private dichotomy in a world where we are ‘public by default, private through effort’ (boyd, 2010) and ‘private’ matters are endlessly displayed and analysed in public. Recently mushrooming genres such as different types of social media where people seek and establish new types of intimacy, affinity and feeling of belonging, and massively popular self-help literature purporting to assist people in finding and expressing their ‘real selves’ are some of the manifestations of these recent developments. The online sex industry, bloggers and vloggers claiming to broadcast their ‘authentic’ experience being exposed as frauds (as in the case of a popular blogger pretending to be a cancer patient), and viral trends such as the #aftersex selfie also represent some of the phenomena in this shifting field of authenticity, intimacy and private secrets. 

This course focuses on these contemporary cultural phenomena. We will examine relevant theories and subsequently discuss texts, movies and internet data in order to analyse how authenticity is dealt with. Each session consists of a theoretical introduction, and a discussion regarding some relevant data from the media or the arts (tba).


Blended Learning                              

Research skills: applying theoretical concepts to the analysis of data; identifying relevant phenomena for analysis; Academic English: practice in both oral (active class discussions) and written English (producing academic texts in English)

Each student will produce three texts during the course; out of these the best ones can be published in the e-zine Diggit Magazine.

Verplichte literatuur

  1. Charles Taylor, Charles Taylor, 1992.
  2. Ziyad Marar, Intimacy, 2012.
  3. Andrew Potter, The Authenticity Hoax, 2013.
  4. Martin Amis, The Zone of Interest, 2014 + internet reviews and blogs on this ‘holocaust comedy’, 2014. Fiction

Aanbevolen literatuur

  1. Gwen Haworth, She is a boy I knew,, 2007. Film
  2. Parvez Sharma, A Jihad for love, 2007. Film
  3. Mathieu Kassovitz, La Haine, 1995. Film

Verplicht voor

  • Master KCW: Art, Media and Society ( 2016, 2017 )

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  • Bedrijfscommunicatie en Digitale Media ( 2015 )
  • Communicatie-Design ( 2015 )
  • Human aspects of Information Technology ( 2015 )
  • Data Journalism ( 2015 )
  • Communication and Information Sciences ( 2015 )
  • Master KCW: Art, Media and Society ( 2015 )