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Stereotypes Presentation Handout

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Handout for PRWR 6550 presentation of Iraj Omidvar's article on "Study of Photographs of Iran: Postcolonial Inquiry into the Limits of Visual Representation." Use of images covered under creative …

Handout for PRWR 6550 presentation of Iraj Omidvar's article on "Study of Photographs of Iran: Postcolonial Inquiry into the Limits of Visual Representation." Use of images covered under creative commons licensing with credit to Flikr photographer Looking4poetry.

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  • 1. Iraj OmidvarA Study of Photographs of Iran:Postcolonial Inquiry into the Limits of Visual RepresentationSummaryA conversational approach to sharing images of Iran is moreeffective in negotiating the stereotypes and ideologicalframeworks of Americans and Iranians than simply trying tooverwrite perceptions with selective statistics and pictures. © looking4poetryPattern of Socratic Dialogues Who’s Looking?1. Problem is posed or issue raised The situation of the2. Various solutions are examined and rejected photographer and the viewer3. Standards of judgment or values are challenged can be just as telling as the4. Ideological issues are explored subject of photograph.5. Conclusions are ambiguous, although better informed andopen to further discussion beyond the classroom Influences on situation*Composition students will recognize similarities between this dialectic and stereotypes:model and critical pedagogy, particularly the socially aware dialogueencouraged by Paulo Freire. • Historical • Cultural • LegalWhen examining photographs and exploring • Religiousstereotypical elements, ask yourself questions: • Sociopolitical • Economic1. What is highlighted? • Educational2. What is considered positive, what negative? • Literary3. How are negative and positive features indicated?4. Do other photos contradict these stereotypes?5. What conclusions can you draw about the photographer?6. What relations are you aware of between the stereotyped Workshop Activity group and those doing the stereotyping? 1. Select a still image of a stereotyped group. 2. Examine the stereotypesPresenter Information depicted in the image. 3. Speculate about thePresentation by Denae Eagen background and ideas ofPRWR 6550 Document Design the photographer.

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