Visual Studies Courses

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Dept Course No and Title Instructor
VIS STD (F20)290A  AH THEORY & METHODSBETANCOURT, R.
VS 290A is the art historical research methodologies seminar for PhD Program in Visual Studies. The seminar serves a number of roles: 1) it provides an “initiation” into the history and traditions of art history and related disciplines including architectural history and archaeology; 2) an invitation to critically examine these disciplinary histories and institutional structures; and 3) an intellectual foundation for conducting advanced research and engaging in interdisciplinary debates. Much like the department’s faculty and students, who work in diverse time periods, cultures and disciplinary approaches, this seminar aims to expose students to the diverse possibilities for conducting critical inquiry into visual, material and spatial cultures, both proximate and distant. We will read texts that have impacted the development of the discipline and are part of its traditional canon as well as recent works of potential importance, including those that are important as ‘historical documents’ but not necessarily as sources of emulation. We will also engage theoretical works drawn from a variety of intellectual traditions that offer potential to open up new approaches. At the same time, the seminar invites students to critically examine art history’s own intellectual and institutional history and the conditions that support, curtail or warp art historical inquiry, both in the past and in the present. As part of this goal, the seminar considers major ethical and legal debates surrounding art and cultural heritage and its uses and abuses. As such, it is both an ‘historiography’ and ‘history’ seminar: an inquiry into how we “do” art/archaeological/architectural history and an inquiry into the development, present state, and future possibilities of the discipline.
VIS STD (F20)295  ENVIRONMENTAL ARTNISBET, J.
An examination of the wide-ranging concept of ecology and its intersection with contemporary visual art and theory, this seminar will be organized around a collaborative set of presentations and discussions. Sessions will be structured by key thematics to emerge across the fields of visual studies, art history, literature, anthropology, and philosophy that ask fundamental questions about how scholars and artists should best respond to the planet’s climate crisis. Working through this growing literature on aesthetic approaches to addressing environmental media and politics, we will build towards a robust and critical dialogue about the potential for creative responses to ecology in contemporary culture. Authors include TJ Demos, Karen Pinkus, Kyle Powys Whyte, Donna Haraway, Kathryn Yusoff, and Amitav Ghosh.
VIS STD (F20)295  QUEER THEORY&METHODRUBERG, B.
This course introduces graduate students to a range of queer theory texts, concepts, and methods, with a focus on how queer theory relates to the study of media. Across its history, queer theory has had close ties to film, literature, and the arts; increasingly, queer theory is looking to popular culture and digital media. In this class, we cover both "canonical" queer theory and works that complicate and challenge this canon, looking at queer of color theory, crip theory, transgender studies, queer theories of technology and information, and the intersection of queer theory and the environment. We will also explore how queer theory blurs divides between research and praxis, inspiring us to bring creativity, affect, embodiment, and activism into our scholarship. This course is designed to welcome graduate students from across disciplines, including the humanities, the arts, social sciences, and critical cultural domains within STEM.
VIS STD (F20)295  CULTURES IN CONTACT IN PERSIANATE WORLDSCANEPA, M.
This seminar will provide a platform for participants to evaluate critical perspectives drawn from a wide variety of interdisciplinary conversations on the problem of 1) what constitutes, maintains and transforms (practical, intellectual, expressive, material, visual) cultures and 2) what happens when cultures come into contact and potentially conflict. It offers a framework for studying cross-cultural interaction that integrates practical, cognitive, art historical and new-material approaches as well as perspectives from both the contemporary and premodern world; however, it will use examples and scholarly debates drawn from ancient Iran and the medieval and early modern Persianate world as focal points for discussion to illustrate approaches that deal with a wide array of visual, spatial and textual evidence. Starting from a post-structuralist standpoint and moving to new perspectives as diverse as cognitive science or the new materialisms, it will introduce key theorists who provide traction in defining and analyzing culture and potential ways forward. We will consider the problem not only from discursive and economic standpoints, as has been common in the humanities, but from environmental, material, urban, visual and somatic perspectives. Thus, while we address some of the most commonly considered problems, such as colonial and post-colonial situations, this seminar attempts to deepen, nuance and broaden these perspectives and provide participants with a wider theoretical and analytical toolkit. Problems include the role of the visual, material and spatial in the extended mind/cognition, inculcation of- or resistances to- ideological formulations in human experience, and the creation, maintenance and manipulation of memory (personal and collective); cognitive artifacts, hybrid minds and human (practical, visual and material) cultural evolutions; art, ritual, religious experience and embodied simulations; the visuality of violence; social cognition and collective memory; phenomenologies of natural, urban and architectonic space and place; and cross-cultural ecological, social, material and visual entanglements. Premodern Iranian debates include those involving colonial and imperial situation, such as under the ancient empires of the Achaemenids, Seleucids or Sasanian; early Islam; the fluid identities developing among various overlapping 'cosmopolitan' networks of Hellenistic or medieval and early modern Persianate Western, Central and South Asian communities, as well as the problem of modernity and nationalism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. While these will sometimes be presented as illustrative case studies to begin discussion, students can write on any problem or time period, from antiquity to the present day, that is relevant to their research and discussion is expected to range widely.
VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGAMIRAN, E.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGBENAMOU, C.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGBETANCOURT, R.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGCANEPA, M.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGCOOKS CUMBO, B.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGDAULATZAI, S.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGHAGGINS, B.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGHATCH, K.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGHERBERT, J.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGHILDERBRAND, L.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGJOHNSON, V.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGKRAPP, P.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGLIM, F.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGLIU, C.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGMASSEY, L.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGMILLER, T.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGMIMURA, G.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGNISBET, J.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGPATEL, A.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGPERLMAN, A.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGRONY, F.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGRUBERG, B.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGSODERMAN, A.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGTRAMMELL, A.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGWHITING, C.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGWINTHER-TAMAKI, B.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGWUE, R.
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VIS STD (F20)296  DIRECTED READINGSTAFF
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYAMIRAN, E.
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYBENAMOU, C.
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYBETANCOURT, R.
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYCANEPA, M.
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYCOOKS CUMBO, B.
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYDAULATZAI, S.
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYHAGGINS, B.
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYHATCH, K.
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYHERBERT, J.
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYHILDERBRAND, L.
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYJOHNSON, V.
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYKRAPP, P.
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYLIM, F.
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYLIU, C.
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYMILLER, T.
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYMIMURA, G.
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYNISBET, J.
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYPATEL, A.
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYPERLMAN, A.
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYRONY, F.
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYRUBERG, B.
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYSODERMAN, A.
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYTRAMMELL, A.
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYWHITING, C.
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYWINTHER-TAMAKI, B.
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYWUE, R.
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VIS STD (F20)298A  PRELIM EXAM STUDYFELDMAN, D.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHAMIRAN, E.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHBENAMOU, C.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHBETANCOURT, R.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHCANEPA, M.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHCOOKS CUMBO, B.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHDAULATZAI, S.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHHAGGINS, B.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHHATCH, K.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHHERBERT, J.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHHILDERBRAND, L.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHJOHNSON, V.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHKRAPP, P.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHLIM, F.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHLIU, C.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHMILLER, T.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHMIMURA, G.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHNISBET, J.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHPATEL, A.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHPERLMAN, A.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHRONY, F.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHRUBERG, B.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHSODERMAN, A.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHTRAMMELL, A.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHWHITING, C.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHWINTHER-TAMAKI, B.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHWUE, R.
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VIS STD (F20)298B  PROSPECTUS RESEARCHSTAFF
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