To prepare for Class 2: Faces: From Biometrics to Facial Recognition and Selfies (28 Jan), please read:
Rettberg, Jill Walker. 2014. Seeing Ourselves Through Technology: How We Use Selfies, Blogs, and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves. Palgrave Macmillan. Chapters 1, 2 and 3. (45 pages)
This book can be bought in print but it is also available as an open access digital book. If you like using a Kindle you can download it for free from Amazon (this allows you to make highlights and copy them from Amazon if you like), or you can download it as an ePub or PDF.
Agamben, Giorgio. 2011. "Identity without the Person." In Nudities. Stanford: Meridian. (will be available for purchase at http://litteraturkiosken.uib.no)
Manovich, Lev, and Alise Tifentale. “Selfiecity: Exploring Photography And Self-Fashioning In Social Media.” In Postdigital Aesthetics: Art, Computation and Design, edited by David Berry and Michael Dieter. Basingbroke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. Pages 109-122. (will be available for purchase at http://litteraturkiosken.uib.no)
Burns, Anne. “Self(ie)-Discipline: Social Regulation as Enacted Through the Discussion of Photographic Practice.” International Journal of Communication 9 (May 15, 2015): 1716–33. http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/3138 (17 pages)
Frosh, Paul. 2015. “The Gestural Image: The Selfie, Photography Theory, and Kinesthetic Sociability.” International Journal of Communication 9, pages 1607–1628. http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/3146 (21 pages)
Estimated reading time this week: 10-12 hours.
Examples of self-portraits through history:
Find a heavily illustrated book about self-portraits in art history and/or photography at the library and spend some time leafing through it, looking at the images.
Writing journal prompt:
What differences, if any, do you see between pre-digital self-portraits and selfies? What similarities?