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Photography studies is a new, innovative and rapidly expanding interdisciplinary area of study and an integral part of the emerging field of visual culture studies, which seeks to analyse and account for the ways in which the visual now permeates all spheres of everyday human experience. This MA in the Photographic Image is unique in the UK. It focuses on the intersections of photography and photographic discourses and constructions of the national. Photography has always played an important role in the science of the national -- from the coded and highly conventional snapshots of the family that is the nation's basic unit, to the images that document and thereby commemorate the events, rituals and ceremonies in the nation's history. Although in the global, digital age, there is much talk of the demise of both the nation-state and photography, these contemporary phenomena mark the opportunity and need to rethink both photography and the nation in new and exciting ways. The MA in the Photographic Image has been developed by a team of researchers based in the departments of French, German and Hispanic Studies at Durham University who share an interest and are actively involved in publishing and advancing photography studies. This team organises a regular seminar series, hosts international conferences, in addition to developing a web-based resource centre devoted to photography. The MA in the Photographic Image offers training in research methods and the development of knowledge, skills and understanding in the study of photography theory, history and analysis in intercultural perspective. Students take five modules in total, one of which (the Dissertation) is a double module. There are four core modules: Theorising HistoryHistoricising Theory: An Introduction to Photography Studies (single module, 30 credits) Critical Readings in Photographyn (single module, 30 credits) Dissertation (double module, 60 credits) Research Methods and Resources (single module, 30 credits) In addition, students choose one of the following optional modules: Photography, Iconicity and Memory (single module, 30 credits) Photography and Otherness (single module, 30 credits) With the agreement of the Programme Director and the Relevant Board of Studies, any visual-culture related module from another programme.

Photography studies is a new, innovative and rapidly expanding interdisciplinary area of study and an integral part of the emerging field of visual culture studies, which seeks to analyse and account for the ways in which the visual now permeates all spheres of everyday human experience. This MA in the Photographic Image is unique in the UK. It focuses on the intersections of photography and...

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