HISTART 689 - Special Topics in History of Art
Section: 001 Images in Anthropology
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate student standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Anthropologists and art historians tend to privilege the visual over the other senses (smell, taste, touch, hearing) and yet, it is often the case that our “visual (and sensorial) literacy” is undeveloped in contradistinction to our “literary literacy.” Moreover, visual phenomena—images—are commonly utilized to illustrate written passages rather than as data in their own right or as alternative approaches to written description and analysis. Learning how to understand and utilize images and visual, sensorial phenomena is like learning a new language with its own special alphabet, lexicon and syntax. In becoming visually (and sensorially) literate—in learning how to "see" beyond "looking”—we will learn to appreciate images and image-making as fields of social action/intervention and cultural critique. In addition to discussing theories and methods of visual, image-based research, we will explore such interrelated topics as fieldwork as art, ethnographic photographs, advertisements, emojis, color semiotics, collecting and collections, and body ornamentation, among others.

HISTART 689 - Special Topics in History of Art
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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Please get the correct edition of the Ball & Smith book (1992). All books are on reserve at the Fine Arts Library, Tappan Hall, 2F. Two additional books are available as pdfs on Canvas.
ISBN: 0803934351
Analyzing visual data., Author: Michael S. Ball ; Gregory W.H. Smith., Publisher: Sage Publications. [Nachdr.]. 1992
ISBN: 9780826357366
The Fabric of Indigeneity, Author: ann-elise lewallen, Publisher: School of Advanced Research 2016
ISBN: 9781439191255
On looking : eleven walks with expert eyes, Author: Alexandra Horowitz., Publisher: Scribner 1st Scribn 2013
ISBN: 9781487593476
Lissa: A story about medical promise, friendship, and revolution, Author: Sherine Hamdy Coleman Nye, Publisher: U of Toronto Press 2017
ISBN: 9781598746327
The good, the bad, and the data : Shane the lone ethnographer's basic guide to qualitative data analysis, Author: Sally Campbell Galman., Publisher: Left Coast Press 2013
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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