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Culture, Art and Power

Code 13012
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Cultura
Entry requirements Not applicable.
Mode of delivery Face-to-face.
Learning outcomes At the end of this curricular unit the students should be able to:
1. Define the various concepts studied;
2. Characterize the culture as a field of conflict and continuing tension on the purposes and on the means that it involves;
3. Recognize the centrality of the artistic and cultural issues in contemporary societies;
4. Evaluate the importance and effects of the several cultural policies in Portugal and other countries.
Syllabus Brief introduction to the concepts of art, culture and power. The technical reproducibility and the new conditions of art and culture in contemporary societies. The distinction between popular culture, high culture, mass culture, marginal cultures and counterculture; the political nature of such distinctions. The political uses of culture: submission vs. emancipation; alienation vs. enlightenment; domination vs. recognition; distinction vs. equality. Culture and globalization: the centre and the periphery; homogenisation, miscegenation and resistance. Culture policies: the tension between public policies and the market; state-oriented culture policies. Case studies of cultural policies in Portugal and other countries.
Main Bibliography Appadurai, A. (2004). As dimensões culturais da globalização. Lisboa: Teorema.
Benjamin, W. (1995). Magia e técnica, arte e política. S. Paulo: Editora Brasiliense.
Calabre, L. (Org.) (2015). Políticas culturais: olhares e contextos [recurso eletrônico]. Rio de Janeiro: Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa; São Paulo: Itaú Cultural.
Groys, B. (2008). Art power. Cambridge MA, London: The MIT Press.
Hall, S. (1997). The centrality of culture: notes on the cultural revolutions of our time. In:
K. Thompson (ed.), Media and cultural regulation (207-238). London: SAGE Publications.
Martins, M. L. (2011). Crise no castelo da cultura: das estrelas para os ecrãs. Coimbra: Grácio Editor.
Rubim, A. A. C. (2010). Cultura e políticas culturais. S. Paulo: Azougue.
Santos, M. L. L. & Pais, J. M. (Org.) (2010). Novos trilhos culturais: práticas e políticas. Lisboa: Imprensa de Ciências Sociais.
Storey, J. (2013). Cultural theory and popular culture: an introduction (6th ed.). London: Routledge.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Classes will take the form of seminar, focusing on two types of activities: a) the presentation by students and respective discussion, of texts previously provided by the teacher: b) the presentation by students and respective discussion of a research work on cases of cultural policies, to develop throughout the semester. The evaluation of students will focus on the following parameters, with the weight also indicated: text presentation in class (40%), research on a case of cultural policies, to present and discuss in a session to be scheduled for this purpose (60%).
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-10-27

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