What’s the history of the social media “selfie”? How does this history map to contemporary media and scholarly views on self-representation, autobiography, photography, amateurism, branding and celebrity?
Focusing on selfies, and portraits from historical and contemporary art and photography, we will explore how family and cultural history shape our image of identity, taking into account our gender, ethnicity, sexuality and socio-economic status. Tracing two themes, the global history of portraiture and the emergence of the modern idea of everyday life—routine, trivial, unconscious and unremarkable—our conversation about selfies will invite us into our own visual memoir.
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.