Given that photographs often become loaded with contested social, cultural and historical significance, this module will consider the ethics involved in the study of photographic social and cultural practices, and advance your awareness of the ways in which sociocultural complexities can affect the production and understanding of photographic records.
Theory and Photography
Explores historical and contemporary debates about photography, its veracity, its use and its development. You will read works by leading thinkers and writers from the fields of history, history of art, photography, history of technology, museum studies, history of ideas, philosophy, and the history of science. This module will equip you with the ability to use effective research strategies in your own work while combining hypothetical thinking with empirical evidence.
Photography and Industry
Questions the definition of industry as merely technology, broadening the concept to include motion picture, still and portrait industries, professional and amateur photography, fine art, chemical, scientific and manufacturing industries. You will gain a perspective on the industrial history of photography and learn more of the practices currently in use.
This module provides an introduction to advanced historiography. It will develop students' knowledge of traditional historiographical concerns alongside current trends and new directions in writing and thinking about the past. It also aims to enable students to think critically about the way historians have formulated research questions, used sources, and written history, across time and place. It will help students to build up an informed knowledge of recent developments in historical thinking as well as a history of the discipline of History itself. There will be a strong global element to the curriculum. Topics to be covered will be drawn from the following: nation and state in History; global and transnational histories; empires and colonies; orientalism and occidentalism; social history, structuralism and the Annales; history from below; history in numbers; cultural history and postmodernism; materiality and visual history; body history; gender and history; microhistory.
History of Photography, Images and Practice
Working with photographs and photographic materials in and outside of the archive, you will consider material, social and cultural themes in the history of photography and its practice from the nineteenth century to the present. The module includes an introduction and overview of photographic history, exposure to a wide variety of original photographic materials, and a residency in a museum collection
Combines your research training, your knowledge of photographic history and your ability to employ research strategies, to deliver your master’s thesis on a subject of your own choice. Your dissertation gives you the opportunity to work independently while developing a deep knowledge of a particular element of photographic history.
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current