Film & Media Studies 380 - SPACE


Heidi Gilpin

W | 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Amherst College
ARCH-368-01-2425F, EUST-368-01-2425F, GERM-368-01-2425F

(Offered as GERM 368, ARCH 368, EUST 368, and FAMS 380) This research seminar will explore conceptions of space as they have informed and influenced thought and creativity in the fields of cultural studies, literature, architecture, urban studies, performance, and the visual, electronic, and time-based arts. Students will select and pursue a major semester-long research project early in the semester in consultation with the professor, and present their research in its various stages of development throughout the semester, in a variety of media formats (writing, performance, video, electronic art/interactive media, installation, online and networked events, architectural/design drawings/renderings), along with oral presentations of readings and other materials. Readings and visual materials will be drawn from the fields of literature and philosophy; architectural, art, and film theory and history; performance studies and performance theory; and theories of technology and the natural and built environment. Emphasis on developing research, writing, and presentation skills is a core of this seminar.

Preference given to German majors and European Studies majors, as well as to students interested in architecture/design, performance, film/video, interactive installation, and/or the environment. Conducted in English. German majors will select a research project focused on a German Studies context, and will do a substantial portion of the readings in German. 

Enrollment requires attendance at the first class meeting.

Fall semester: Professor Heidi Gilpin.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference given to German, European Studies, and Architectural Studies majors.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: An emphasis on written work, creative work in multiple media, readings, visual analysis, independent research, oral presentations, and group work, with possible field trips.

Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.