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Graduate Courses – Fall 2022

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ARH 5659-01  Great Traditions in Mesoamerican Art & Culture
Dr. Michael Carrasco
Monday 12:00–2:30 pm, 2038 WJB
Visual Cultures of the Americas (VCA)
The Olmec, Zapotec, Maya, and Nahua peoples developed major artistic and script traditions beginning as early as 1500 BCE. In tandem with the calligraphic script, an elaborate iconographic system and rich architectural tradition emerged that lasted continuously until the conquest of the Americas in the 16-17th centuries. This seminar introduces these traditions with a particular focus on the integral role visual culture played in ritual, religion, and statecraft in Mesoamerican and covers a range of cultural expressions, including urban design, architecture, sculpture, manuscripts, murals, and literature, among others.

ARH 5797-01  Museum Basics
Dr. Susan Baldino
Wednesday 12:00–2:30 pm, G41 WJB
Required for all first-year MCHS students.

This seminar examines historical and contemporary transformations in the museum field with emphasis on the commitment to non-profit excellence, museum learning, exhibition and interpretation, inclusion, social justice, and museum activism. Students will gain theoretical and practical knowledge through participatory activities, research, and on-site museum experiences.

ARH 5806-01  Progressive Era
Dr. Karen Bearor
Monday 9:20–11:50 am, 2038 WJB
Visual Cultures of the Americas (VCA), Modern/Contemporary.  The decades covered in this seminar encompass the last years of the so-called Gilded Age in the U.S. and the whole of the overlapping Progressive Era—a period consequently given the acronym GAPE. These decades saw dramatic changes in culture due in part to: a five-fold rise in the number of millionaires, and the consequent rise in philanthropy and support for the arts; increased immigration and internal migration; reform movements, including those in the areas of child labor, women’s suffrage, and prohibition; U.S. involvement in foreign wars; the rise of mass media; and developments in social psychology. Each of these factors has a bearing on the development of advertising, propaganda, and other arts of persuasion, all making significant contributions to the period’s visual culture. 

ARH 5806-02 Circumpolar Indigenous Art

Dr. Kristin Dowell
Wednesday 9:20–11:50 am, 2038 WJB
Visual Cultures of the Americas (VCA), Modern/Contemporary, World Arts (Non-Western Art).  What unique visual aesthetics, materials, land-based practices and themes shape the dynamic world of Circumpolar Indigenous Art? This course focuses on a comparative analysis of four primary regions: Inuit Nunangat (Canada), Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland), Sápmi (Sámi territory in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia), and Alaska. We will explore the cultural contexts and customary practices framing historic and ancestral artworks as well as contemporary art.

ARH 5806-03  Constantinople: Spirit of an Empire
Dr. Lynn Jones
Tuesday 9:45 am–12:00 pm, 2038 WJB
Medieval, World Arts (Non-Western Art). 
This course will provide both an overview and case studies of the foundation and development of the city of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire, from 330-1453.  Particular focus will be on the accretional nature of patronge, issues of identity, and those of ‘center and periphery.’  Students will be introduced to primary sources that describe monuments now lost to us, and those of non-Byzantine visitors to the city.

ARH 5806-04  Spatial Analysis
Dr. Kyle Killian
Thursday 9:45–12:15 pm, 2038 WJB
Medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, Visual Cultures of the Americas (VCA), Modern/Contemporary, World Arts (Non-Western Art).  Since the middle of the last century ideas from the fields of sociology, anthropology and cognition have suggested ways of understanding the experiential nature of architecture. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches have been applied to built environments of all sorts, with exciting and thought provoking results. This seminar will survey some of the most important of these ideas and explore how, and even if, they help us understand architectural space. We will each choose a building or set of spaces of particular interest to our own research, and examine these ideas about space by trying to apply them to our specific cases. Through this process, participants will develop a suite of concepts and methodologies for understanding the complexities of spatial experience.

ARH 5806-05 Gender Studies in Medieval Art

Dr. Erika Loic
Tuesday 1:20–3:50 pm, 2038 WJB
Medieval.   Examining medieval art and architecture through the lens of gender reveals the diverse attitudes towards body and spirit, gender expression, and sexuality in the Middle Ages. In this seminar, we consider the role of gender in patronage, production, use, and reception of material culture, as well as representations of masculinity and femininity, LGBTQ+ topics, and some of the intersections of gender and other cultural markers.
  ARH 5806-07 Sacred Landscapes of Haiti and its Diaspora
Dr. Paul Niell
Monday 3:05–5:35 pm, 2038 WJB
Renaissance/Baroque , Visual Cultures of the Americas (VCA), World Arts (Non-Western Art). This seminar examines the historical and contemporary development of sacred landscapes on the island nation of Haiti. How has academia approached such Caribbean landscapes in which religious life actively blurs the distinction between sacred and profane? We will consider the early modern/colonial history of St. Domingue, the uprising of enslaved workers against the French colonial state of 1791-1804, and the development of visual cultures in the Haitian national context. The course focuses especially on Vodou religion in how the Haitian landscape has been and continues to be lived, sensed, understood, and visually represented–and the scholarly debates therein.

ARH 5806-06 Art & Cultural Heritage Law & Policy

Dr. Preston McLane
Tuesday 4:50–7:20 pm, 2038 WJB
This seminar explores the complex and controversial relationships between the history of art, heritage sites, and cultural artifacts through detailed analysis of legal doctrines, ethics, and philosophies, in the United States and internationally. We will look critically at the conflicts and contradictions in existing art and cultural heritage law and policy in their diverse sectors, including art theft and plunder, illicit trade in stolen art and cultural artifacts, provenance and ownership disputes, cultural reparations and repatriation, art forgery, and artists’ moral rights.
ARH 5813-01 Seminar in the Methods of Art History
Dr. Erika Loic

ARH 5813-01 Thursday 1:20–3:50 pm, 2038 WJB
ARH 5813-02 Wednesday 6:35–9:05pm, 2038 WJB

Required for all first-year graduate students if not previously taken at FSU.
This seminar introduces incoming graduate students to the analysis of art, architecture, and material culture as a historical and critical discipline. Weekly readings showcase theories and methods in action, as well as some of the developments and ongoing debates in the history of art. Students consider their place within (or in opposition to) existing traditions while developing their existing skills in careful looking, critical reading, and persuasive writing.


ARH 6920-01 Proseminar
Dr. Robert Neuman
Friday 12:00–2:30 pm, 2038 WJB
This seminar is offered to doctoral students who have been admitted to candidacy and who are engaged in dissertation research and other professional activities.  Our efforts will focus on establishing professional goals and developing the means to meet them in the areas of teaching, research, publication, employment, and service.