The Image as an Actor of History: A Social Actor

Live Online & Interactive Seminar

Instructor: Francesca Martinez Tagliavia, PhD

Course Descriptions: This course puts forward a truth : « Images are not just representations of reality . » This is to say, one must take into account the autonomy and the intrinsic power of images, their effectiveness, their performativity. The real is made of representations and significations reactivated, throughout historical figural survivals, by specific material pictures. On the other hand, images also derive their strength and legitimacy from the social relations of domination that compose « everyday life. » Life on screen is produced by material, social, political and economic practices that are not just visual, and are possible only through the living labour of (often) invisibilized workers of the industry of the Spectacle. Totally embedded in the materiality of social relations, images produce effects on social relations and networks of power

During this seminar, we will show how and why these two dimensions of the power of images should always be taken into consideration simultaneously. Starting from the case analyzed in the book Faire des corps avec les images. La contribution visuelle de la velina au charisme de Berlusconi (Paris, Institut Universitaire Varenne, 2016), the aim is to show how images can be powerful tools to understand the present, considering them as actors of history and as social actors.

Meeting Times:

Saturday Nov 11 at 1pm (EST)

Saturday Nov 18 at 1pm (EST)

Saturday Nov 25 at 1pm (EST)

Saturday Dec 2 at 1pm (EST)

Be Challenged: This course is live and interactive; it's not a MOOC.

You can take it just for enrichment or you can take it Pass/Fail. If you pass the course you will receive 1 Silver GCAS token. For more information check-out our GCAS Currency and Token page. In addition to a school we're starting to build an economy based on knowledge and ideas not on profits. Join us!

To pass the course, you will need to respond in the class forum at least 2 times between lectures or sessions (see schedule below). Each time must be at least 150 words. You may respond to the lecture or respond to someone else's response. This helps create important conversations inside the online classroom. Additionally, you may also write a blog post (no more than 1,000 words) about the course. If we publish it, you will receive an additional 1 GCAS Silver Token (2 maximum GCAS Silver Tokens per course).

Although we strongly encourage you to attend the lectures live online in our Platform (see below for how to join) it's not required for you to pass the course. You just have to view the recordings, which will be uploaded inside the course in your GCAS E-School virtual classroom.

How to Join:

We use the very simple on-line platform: Big Blue Button (BBB) and we teach live, that is, we'll meet-up together for a talk and discussion time. We'll also organize discussions in our "forum" that's easy to access so you can engage with others and share your ideas and thoughts.

Here’s how you join: click on the Big Blue Button link. (http://gcas.blindsidenetworks.net/gcas/)

Sign in with your name.

Select your course name (which will be put-up on BBB)

Password: researcher505

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We recommend that you have a good to very good internet connection (this is crucial so you can fully experience the interactions between you and other participants (we call them researchers) and the instructor.

Your Instructor

Francesca Martinez Tagliavia, PhD
Francesca Martinez Tagliavia, PhD

Francesca Martinez Tagliavia, PhD is Professor of Media at The Global Center for Advanced Studies. She was previously a Visiting Scholar at New York University (NYU) and has taught at Université de Paris 3, Sorbonne-Nouvell. She received her PhD from EHESS - Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. She is the author of

Faire des corps avec les images : La contribution visuelle de la velina au charisme de Berlusconi

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a MOOC?
NO! A MOOC is a "massive open online course" that assumes the participant is passive. Our model is different: We teach and meet-up live and offer interactive courses that allow you to meet others and share your ideas freely.
How do I access the live course?
We use the very simple on-line platform: Big Blue Button (BBB). Just logon: http://gcas.blindsidenetworks.net/gcas Sign in with your name > Select your course name (which will be put-up on BBB) > Password: researcher505
When does the course start and finish?
Each course starts when scheduled. Check the schedule and be sure to participate in the live session. If you're not available to participate in the live session, that's ok. We'll record the live session and post it for you to engage when you're able.
How long do I have access to the course?
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What if I am unhappy with the course?
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