Cancelled Past event

Masterclass Modernity, Visuality, Politics, History: Walter Benjamin and Siegfried Kracauer A PGR Masterclass by Prof Alison Landsberg (George Mason University)

The Cultural Identity and Memory Studies institute and the School of International Relations invite you to an interdisciplinary masterclass by Professor Alison Landsberg, who will be visiting St Andrews on March 5-10th as a Global Fellow.

The discussion will focus on the four following texts, which you will receive after signing up for the event:
Walter Benjamin, “The Work of Art in its Age of Technological Reproducibility”
—“Little History of Photography'
–“On the Concept of History”
Kracauer, “The Mass Ornament”

Anyone is welcome to attend the Masterclass, but priority will be given to PGRs in the School of Modern Languages, the School of International Relations, and the Department of Film Studies. There are 20 spots available.

Alison Landsberg is Professor of History and Cultural Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She is the author of Engaging the Past: Mass Culture and the Production of Historical Knowledge (Columbia UP, 2015) and Prosthetic Memory: The Transformation of American Remembrance in the Age of Mass Culture (New York: Columbia UP, 2004) as well as numerous articles and book chapters. She is currently working on a project called “Post-Postracial America,” which examines the contemporary eruption of discourse about race on both the political left and the right, in the mass-mediated public sphere. Taken together, her body of research on museums, film, and television has focused on the modes of engagement they solicit from individuals and the possibilities therein for the production and acquisition of memory, historical knowledge and political subjectivity in the public sphere.