Selfie Culture Class

I just proposed a so-called ‘First Year Seminar’ (a one credit class for Ohio State freshmen) on the topic of ‘Selfie Culture’. It will examine the history, art and politics of the selfie from ancient Rome to now and I will be discussing artists such as Cindy Sherman, David Hammons and Petra Cortright as well as Ovid and Seneca. The idea is to show the students that while selfies are part of a general narcissistic cultural impulse (cf. Kim Kardashian), they also have the potential to engage in broader discourse of collective empathy in what has been dubbed ‘selfie citizenship’. Watch this space.

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