Fall 2016 – Iconic Material Culture (Prof. Jeffrey Alexander)

Teaching Fellow

(HUMS 247/SOCY 352/SOCY 620)
Professor Jeffrey C. Alexander

Exploration of how and why modern and postmodern societies have continued to sustain material symbolism and iconic consciousness. Study of theoretical approaches to debates about icons and symbols in philosophy, sociology, linguistics, pyschoanalysis, and semiotics. Use of case studies to analyze modern iconography in advertisements and branding, food and bodies, nature, fashion, celebrities, popular culture, art, and politics. (Advanced Sociology courses are open to students who have completed one intermediate course and any other specified requirement, or by permission of the instructor. Preference is given to Sociology majors in their junior and senior years.)

Role: Grader (with contact)
Instructor – 1 seminar session
Students: 14