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Undergraduate Course: Latin American 'Photographies' (HIAR10203)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course offers a thematic overview of photographic practices from Latin America (including Central America and the Caribbean), exploring the work of established photographers, alongside lesser-known practitioners and overlooked figures, as well as artists working with photography, and inter-media approaches.
Course description Though seminar topics may vary from year to year, class discussion will be structured around themes such as: Metropolitan Vernaculars and Modernist Vision; Social Documentary and 'Fotografía Comprometida'; The Political Body: Feminist and Queer Identities; Colonial Aftermaths: Indigenous, Black and Mestizo Identities; Colour. The course seeks to problematise notions of Latin America as a homogenous cultural entity by introducing a multitude of national, regional and transnational or diasporic perspectives. One might ask, for instance, how Central America and the Caribbean fit into this discussion, and why their histories of photography have been left outside of a still-developing ¿canon¿? Photography has a rich and textured history in Latin America, yet the most prominent work is often political, social and documentary in character. While recognizing the importance of these issues and approaches, the course aims nonetheless to open up new avenues for inquiry, exploring less visible discourses and categories.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have completed at least 3 History of Art courses at grade B or above, and we will only consider University/College level courses. **Please note that 3rd year History of Art courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  15
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 x 2,000-word essay 50% - submitted weeks 8-10
1 x 2-hour exam 50%
Feedback Students are given feedback on FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT as follows:
Preparation of a spoken presentation to deliver to the class. Students will be supported to develop this in a one-to-one meeting beforehand, and will receive verbal feedback at a second one-to-one meeting afterwards. The work done for the presentation will contribute directly either to the essay or to the exam.

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT: There will be an essay and an exam, equally weighted. Written feedback on student essays will be provided.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)3 hour online exam3:15
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate breadth of knowledge with some depth of understanding of a range of photographic practices in Latin America, Central America and the Caribbean.
  2. Show knowledge and understanding of contexts and ideas associated with vernacular, social and modernist photography.
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of art historiographical methodologies and analyse relevant texts and theoretical approaches, from political theory, feminist and queer identities, colonialism, indigeneity, black and mestizo identities.
  4. Develop skills in visual and textual analysis, through image-based learning, which will form a key part of seminar teaching.
  5. Evidence developed skills of analysis, communication, and organisation, verbally and in writing.
Reading List
Cadava, Eduardo and Gabriela Nouzeilles. The Itinerant Languages of Photography. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Art Museum, 2013.

Coronado, Jorge. Portraits in the Andes: Photography and Agency, 1900- 1950. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018.

Fernandez, Horacio, ed. The Latin American Photobook. New York: Aperture, 2011.

Poole, Deborah. Vision, Race and Modernity: A Visual Economy of the Andean Image. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1997.

Taylor, Diana. ¿You Are Here¿ H.I.J.O.S. and the DNA of Performance.¿ In The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas, 161-189. Durham, London: Duke University Press, 2003.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Visual and critical analysis; Clear thinking and the development of an argument; The ability to express ideas clearly in writing; Independent research; Presentation and communication skills; Organisation and planning; Teamwork through group discussion
KeywordsPhotography,Latin American art,representation,memory,the archive,protest,decolonisation,indigeneity
Course organiserDr Ileana Lucia Selejan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5800
Course secretaryMr Nathan Ross-Hammond
Tel: (0131 6)51 5880
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