TIM_BK_032 Virus in a new media discourse

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2023
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
Mgr. et Mgr. Adam Franc, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Jana Horáková, Ph.D. (alternate examiner)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. et Mgr. Adam Franc, Ph.D.
Department of Musicology - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Bc. Jitka Leflíková
Supplier department: Department of Musicology - Faculty of Arts
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 150 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/150, only registered: 0/150, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/150
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Virus is a phenomenon difficult to grasp and study because exists in many different forms and permeates diverse layers of our reality. Virus can be found in the form of poetry, artificial life, piece of digital code, useful software, dangerous terrorist, tool of political activism, metaphorical concept, illness, speech act and specific artwork. This complex entity requires a thorough examination which is not limited to one domain of research. The best solution for the complex research of virus is therefore an interdisciplinary approach. For this reason, students of the course take journey through various concepts and theories coming from different fields of knowledge, whether of philosophy, software studies, art theory, artificial life, science and technology studies or archeology of media. The course is divided into several sections which explore history, definition and different forms of virus as well. Students gain a basic overview about the current state of research of virus in the new media discourse and get knowledge about the dominant types of thinking which surround the computer and biological virus.
  • 1. An introductory lesson – course content and structure, way of completing the course, definition of computer and biological virus, historical development of computer virus, current (computer) viruses 2. Philosophical thinking about virus - Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, Michel Serres, Bruno Latour, Actor-Network Theory 3. Three dominant types of thinking about virus - virus as artificial life, virus as metaphor, virus as speech act 4. Art potential of virus, representation of virus in popular culture, positive virus
    recommended literature
  • Latour, Bruno. Nikdy sme neboli moderní. Bratislava: Kalligram, 2003.
  • Parikka, Jussi. Digital Contagions: A Media Archaeology of Computer Viruses. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2007.
  • Dibbell, Julian. Viruses Are Good for You. Wired, roč. 3, č.2, 1995.
  • Franc, Adam. Virus jako předmět výzkumu v diskurzu nových médií. Diplomová práce. Masarykova univerzita, Filozofická fakulta, 2014.
  • Sampson, D., Tony - Parikka, Jussi (eds.). The Spam Book: On Viruses, Porn, and Other Anomalies from the Dark Side of Digital Culture. Cresskill: Hampton Press, 2009.
    not specified
  • Thomas, Anne-Marie. It Came from Outer Space: The Virus, Cultural Anxiety and Speculative Fiction. PhD Thesis. Louisiana State University, 2002.
Teaching methods
The course consists of lectures.
Assessment methods
Written test.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 80 hodin výuky/semestr.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2023, recent)
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