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Graduate Courses – Spring 2021

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ARH 5799-01  MCHS Theory & Practice
Dr. Kristin Dowell
Tuesday 1:20–3:50pm
Who owns the past and what is cultural heritage?  This seminar provides a graduate-level introduction to the debates, theories and case studies of tangible and intangible cultural heritage including issues such as tourism, heritage management, public history, repatriation, the impact of global conflict, curatorial practice, identity, international law, and ethics.
ARH 5838-01  Museum Object
Meredith Lynn
Thursday 9:45am–12:15pm
In this course, students will study and interrogate contemporary issues of museum exhibition. Through engagement with theory, case studies, and art objects, students investigate the philosophical and ethical questions facing curators and museums while learning best practices through hands-on projects in professional contexts.
ARH 5806-01 New Negro Renaissance
Dr. Karen Bearor
Monday 9:20–11:50am
The focus for this seminar is the visual culture of the New Negro Renaissance, primarily painting, sculpture, photography, graphic art, and film. As we will see, scholarship has been moving toward understanding the global interactions of people migrating to New York not only from the Southern U.S. but also from around the Atlantic. Scholars have also begun to consider the parallel “renaissances” outside Harlem. We will explore the literature on this movement and the ways in which this scholarship has been shaped in recent years by cultural studies, black studies, gender studies, and diaspora studies.

ARH 5806-02 Art History Through Artists’ Texts

Dr. Tenley Bick
Thursday 3:05–5:35pm
Artists’ texts have been formative to the discourses of modern and contemporary art history, offering indispensable theories, forms, methods, and accounts without which these discourses would be radically different. This graduate seminar in art history is dedicated entirely to artists’ texts—broadly conceived to include artists’ writings and text-based artistic practices. Subtopics include but are not limited to: authorship and originality, the manifesto as form, art historiography and translation, the artist as critic, artist journals, artist diaries and biographical art history, text-based practice, writing as process, quotation and intertextuality, Conceptual art, (il)legibility, the archive.

 Wilton Diptych ARH 5806-03  Medieval London
Dr. Richard Emmerson
Wednesday 3:05–5:35pm
Interdisciplinary study of greater London (including Canterbury and Saint Albans) as a cultural center during the later Middle Ages (1180-1430). Examines architecture (Westminster Abbey), chronicles (Matthew Paris), manuscripts (Taymouth Hours), painting (Wilton Diptych), poetry (Canterbury Tales), and stained glass (Canterbury Cathedral) in the context of political, religious, and social history.
  ARH 5806-04 Rethinking the Renaissance
Dr. Stephanie Leitch
Tuesday 9:45–12:15pm
This course looks at the concept of the Renaissance from a historiographic and geographic perspective, examining trans-national stylistic developments, colonial encounters, and nationalistic historiography. Treating both court centers and the role of nascent capitalism in establishing new loci of patronage, it examines trends in devotion, patronage, and thinking about visual space in early modernity.
ARH 5806-05  Early Modern Women
Dr. Robert Neuman
Wednesday 9:20–11:50am
This interdisciplinary course deals with women artists and the construction of gender in art during the period 1400–1800, that is, during the Renaissance, the Baroque, and the Rococo. 

ARH 5806-06 Urban Worlds of the Early Modern Ibero-Americas

Dr. Paul Niell
Wednesday 12:00pm–2:30pm
As historians have long argued, Spain orchestrated its early modern empire through a network of cities. Urbanism played a central role in the conception, enactment, and negotiation of the Spanish Colonial enterprise in the Americas and beyond. This seminar considers the interrelationships between the mental, physical, social, environmental, and experiential aspects of this process from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. Readings will be drawn from Indigenous and Colonial studies, Urban studies, and Colonial Latin American Art and Architectural History, among other areas.


ARH 5806-07  New Romes: Medieval Centers of Power
Dr. Lynn Jones
Monday 1:20–3:50 pm
This course will cover the evolution of “new Romes”:  Constantinople, Aachen, Ravenna, Palermo, and Baghdad.  We will look at the ways in which each emulated or inverted the idea and reality of Rome, including urban planning, construction, and the visual expression of power in art and ceremonial.