Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Politics, Media, Performance: Encounter and Event
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 4 x 1 Hour Seminars
Lecture 10 x 3 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay (3000 Words)  50%
Semester Exam 7 Hours   Performed Essay (15 mins)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay (3000 Words)  50%
Supplementary Exam Performed Essay (15 mins)  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. To demonstrate an advanced critical awareness of the relationship between political and aesthetic events.

2. To demonstrate understanding at an advanced level of critical frameworks requisite to the conceptualization of encounter and event, frame and representation.

3. To critically analyse the relationship between different forms and modes of event in performance, media and politics.

4. To demonstrate a mastery of a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the analysis of performance, media and political events.

5. To appreciate the potential of aesthetic events as both modes of enquiry and as platforms for the delivery of further research into political themes and subject matters.


Following on from TPM1720, this module examines the application of a range of contemporary theories, conceptual frameworks and practical methodologies to the analysis of contemporary political and aesthetic events. It highlights the importance of working through empirical instances in order to generate theoretical insights as well as utilising critical frameworks to understand the nature of the contemporary political events.

The focus of the module is on the analysis of political and aesthetic events, and the investigation of corresponding theories of event. These event-analyses operate as case-studies in how we might think through the relation between image, event, and situation in a way that draws attention to their historically and politically contingent construction and formation.

The module aims:
• To explore a range of historical and aesthetic events that require and enable us to think through the relation between politics, media and performance.
• To facilitate the development of an informed understanding of appropriate critical vocabularies, theoretical frameworks, analytical methods and creative approaches to the analysis of political, media and performance events
• To provide a secure grounding in key theories, critical frameworks and analytical approaches to the analysis of events in the transdisciplinary field of politics, media and performance.
• To facilitate the development of an advanced understanding of the aesthetic-political construction of the event within the political sphere and the significance of the event-analysis within modes of aesthetic and cultural production and expression.
• To enable students to contribute constructively to current debates about the role of mediatised and performative events within the contemporary world
• To sustain a dialogical and interrogative space for advanced critical thinking about the relationships between performance, media and politics made manifest in the interrogation of contemporary events.

Brief description

The module provides:

• an advanced introduction to a variety of critical and analytical approaches to understanding the concept of the event in politics, media and performance

• an advanced exploration of the conceptual frameworks and methodological procedures involved in analysing political, performative and mediatised events

• an advanced introduction to the theoretical concepts of appearance, image and representation in the transdisciplinary field of politics, media and performance

• a sustained investigation of the relationship between political and aesthetic events, and of the creative practices and critical frameworks enabling its theorisation

• a mutually-informing examination of the role and potential of the creative within the political and the political within the creative.


Course delivery:
Interactive lecture/seminar: 10 x 3 hours
Supplementary assessment seminars: 4 x 1 hours

The week by week structure of the module allows for the introduction and exposition of key theories of event and frameworks of event analysis. These are balanced with the investigation of empirical materials, so that developmentally the module allows for the inter-penetration of critical and empirical readings of politics, media and performance; and increasingly the capacity to enable critical theory to emerge through the ‘delicate empiricism’ of analyzing aesthetic-political events and frameworks of encounter. Topics covered may include, for example:

1. Theories of Event: temporalizing the present and the interruption of the new

2. Politics of the event: happening, encounter, frame

3. Mediating the event: the politics of postcolonial representation

4. The event of mediation: remembering 9/11

5. The event of remediation: the Arab Spring

6. The event of the image: re-presenting Abu Ghraib

7. Border events: the movement of people and the social production of meaning

8. The event of appearance: the visual politics of immigration and asylum

9. The event of disappearance: missing people and politics

10. Aesthetics after the Event: (not) representing genocide

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication The ability to communicate ideas effectively is developed and assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Self-regulation, motivation and time-management skills are developed through the module and are demanded for the successful completion of its assignments.
Information Technology The ability to utilize information technology both in the research for and delivery of assignments is assessed directly.
Personal Development and Career planning Transferable skills (managing personal workloads and meeting deadlines, designing and realizing assessment projects) are developed and assessed directly.
Problem solving Analytical problem solving, outcome recognition and the identification of appropriate strategies and procedures are encouraged and assessed.
Research skills Independent research and the development of effective personal research practices are encouraged and assessed.
Subject Specific Skills The ability to employ mediated means in the exposition of intellectual material within an academic context. The ability to employ a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the analysis of relationships between media and the political.
Team work Seminar discussions demand the application of skills necessary to conduct collaborative activity, such as negotiating ideas and opinions. Students work in collaboration with others on the formulation and implementation of practical research.


This module is at CQFW Level 7