04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M
Section Information for Fall 2022
Since the French government first announced the medium's invention in the 1830s, photography was imagined as a tool for global exploration and knowledge creation. Quickly disseminating across the world using colonial networks of transportation and communication, photographic technologies were intimately connected to imperial goals of classification and control. However, localized forms of use and dissemination pushed back against these "centralized" colonial projects. In this seminar we will examine how photography has been used to construct, communicate, and challenge narratives about race, national identity, and imperial power. Moving from the early days of the medium to the 21st century, we will discuss how photography's technological, social, and artistic dimensions contributed to the construction of global narratives of race and empire. This is an online synchronous course with required weekly virtual meetings.
ARTH 499 DL1 is a synchronous distance education section. Students should expect to meet on the day and time listed.