04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W
Section Information for Spring 2021
In the early modern period (c. 1400 to 1700), European powers encountered cultures in Asia, Africa, and the Americas in the contexts of trade, military conflict, colonization, and religious missions. This seminar explores the impact of the new knowledge and questions generated in these interactions on visual and material culture. We will study the circulation of goods (e.g., textiles, ceramics) through complex networks around the globe in this period. Related to this, how the exchange in artifacts shaped artistic production in various regions will be another topic of interest. We will also look at how the European elite, through the practice of collecting, viewed other cultures through the lenses of exoticism, curiosity and exploitation. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach that combines the study of objects, primary sources and recent scholarship on postcolonial theory and cross-cultural exchanges. Weekly readings, discussions, and writing assignments will focus on how images and objects can help us understand the historical conditions in which they were produced and received.
ARTH 440 DL1 is a distance education section.