Transnational Subjectivities (Lecture 6)


  1. That we are both individuals, as well as parts of a collection of groups, both national and transnational.
  2. Women become objectified, ironically becoming “slaves” to set themselves free.
  3. Neo-liberal economics allow for women to be able to become self sustaining and independent on a transnational level.
  4. That capitalism tricks us into wanting to buy things we don’t need, which comes at the expense of exploiting others.

An Essay Film is…

“To me, the essayistic is not about a particular generic fascination for voiceover or montage, the essayistic is dissatisfaction, it’s discontent with the duties of an image and the obligations of a sound. It’s dissatisfaction with what we expect a documentary to do especially.” (Kodwo Eshun)

  • Use picture/words/sounds to demonstrate
  • Not to repackage the lecture content
  • Try to connect different case study

Learning Objectives (Things going to be marked)

  1. Demonstrate knowledge that reflects holistic thinking, by being able to understand feeling as both individual, personal experiences and wider body politics.
  2. Understand complex bodies of thought that inform current theoretical concepts of subjectivity and be able to apply these in complex and agile ways across a range of case studies to produce new theory.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of a theory and practice based empathy with others, and be able to understand this empathy and interrelatedness as central to the formation of their own subjectivities in an international context.
  4. Show an ability to manage group work and the presentation of oneself in a professional context.
  5. Be creative in their practical skills, and able to capture meaning that moves knowledge beyond traditional academic values, by producing work that has multiple layers e.g. visceral, embodied, auditory, sensorial, affective and tactile, alongside its academic worth.

Action Plan

  • Research our own feelings and understandings to topics and theories to bring back to the group within two weeks.
  • Division of labour:
  • Lewis – Editing, camerawork, researching, writing, local knowledge
  • Mohamed – Editing, camerawork, director
  • Jing – Researching, writing
  • Ashleen – Post production (story boarding), camerawork, editing, acting
  • Zoie – Editing, camerawork, researching
  • Ivy – Editing, camerawork
  • Esther – Editing, camerawork, audio, lighting
  • Matilda – Acting, researching, writing, post production

Structure and Storytelling

  • Keep your audience in mind
  • What will they see? What will they think?
  • ✘ and then, and then, and then
  • ✔ money → capitalism → therefore…

Plan and Timeline

  • 14/12 – presenting the “first draft” narrative of our final essay film
  • How are we going to create the work?
  • Identify our own knowledge and strengths
  • Research visuals
  • Write a cross between a script and a essay