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Saturday, November 27, 2010

2nd MA English - Culture Theory - CIA 2 - WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE

Culture Studies is the study of meaning making processes. It is reflective as it involves the questioning of oneself. Culture theory, on the other hand, is a complex body of knowledge that helps one to understand Culture Studies better. ‘Culture’ is a highly contested and debated territory due to the multiplicity of issues and subjects involved. It can neither be defined nor can it be confined to having a set of clear cut characteristics.

Therefore, for the Culture Theory paper, Mr. Pinto presently adopts innovative, experimental and student-centric pedagogy. He encourages students to actively engage with the text to discover the intricacies of Culture Theory as he believes that the methods and arguments used, to arrive at a conclusion, are more important than the conclusion itself. According to Mr. Pinto, classroom learning is a part of the larger rubric of evolving knowledge through the discussions and debates that arise out of an intimate engagement with the text.

The Culture Theory CIA - 2 requires students to post Wikipedia articles on the topics assigned to them. This assignment seeks to facilitate knowledge production by encouraging students to partake in the evolution, storage and dissemination of knowledge. Hence, this assignment is not only an educational experiment but also an earnest attempt to propagate the systematic understanding and explanation of phenomena.

Allotment of topics for Wikipedia articles:

John V. A - Theodore Adorno and Max Horkheimer: “The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception”

Panom Kaewphadee - Kenneth Womack: “Introduction: Theorising Culture, Reading Ourselves”

Vipin George - Jodi Dean: “The Net and Multiple Realities”

Abhay Shetty - Ashis Nandy: “An Intelligent Critic’s Guide to Indian Cinema”

Divya Rao - Raymond Williams: “Culture” ; “Popular”

Farah Aleem Ghori - Roland Barthes: “Myth Today”

Josna Joseph - Antonio Gramsci: “History of the Subaltern Classes” ; “The Concept of Ideology” ; “Cultural Themes: Ideological Material”

Josy Edwin - Pierre Bourdieu: “A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste”

Rekha Kamath - Susie Tharu and K. Lalita: “Empire, Nation and the Literary Text”

Kusumika Mitra - Walter Benjamin: “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”

Nidhi V Krishna - Louis Althusser: “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses”

Rini Thomas - Stuart Hall: “Encoding, Decoding”

Rinu Dina John - Stuart Hall: “Cultural Studies and its Theoretical Legacies”

Rungkan Leelasopawut - Frederic Jameson: “The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism”

Sudeepta Mukerji - Raymond Williams: “Base and Superstructure in Marxist Cultural Theory”

Vandana Sugathan - Michel de Certeau: “Walking in the City”

Dhanya Joy - Simon During: “Introduction”

Inchara B.R - Theodore Adorno: “The Culture Industry Reconsidered.”

Foram H Jakharia - Mrinalini Sebastian: “Understanding Culture”