HISTART 497 - Upper-Level Seminar
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Visualizing Race Comparatively
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Previous coursework in the History of Art.
May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
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Starting from the premise that race plays itself out visually and spatially, the course explores the relationship between art, materiality, place and race. In addition to reading foundational literature in critical race studies including Aimé Césaire, W.E.B. Du Bois, Frantz Fanon, and bell hooks, our inquiries will be grounded by five case studies: South Africa, Germany, India, Mexico and the US. Each one of these cases will provide a conception of race rooted in local histories and cultures. By analyzing the visual and material dimensions of apartheid, antisemitism, xenophobia, slavery and colonization through these case studies, we will articulate a multidimensional understanding of race as a historical concept. However, to ask how race has shaped visual culture also has global implications, as demonstrated by the recent removal of racist monuments across the world. Thus, by looking at each case study in comparison, students will develop an understanding of both the global and the local ramifications of racism and the antiracist movement. Objects, buildings, places, paintings, names, sculpture and public art will structure our weekly debates. Students will engage in visual analysis and independent research for their final assessment.

Concentration Distribution: Europe/US and Latin America, Early Modern and Modern and Contemporary

Course Requirements:

Attendance in class, weekly responses to course readings, and a long research paper (@ 4500-5000 words). The reader responses count for 20% of the final grade. Class participation counts for 20% of the final grade. The research paper counts for 60% of the final grade.


Intended Audience:

Upper-level students interested in French visual culture and history.

Class Format:

One three-hour seminar per week.


HISTART 497 - Upper-Level Seminar
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
Tu 10:00AM - 1:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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