ARTH 599: Special Topics in Art History

ARTH 599-DL1: Photography, Race, and Empire
(Fall 2022)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M


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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 599 DL1 is a distance education section that meets synchronously. Students should expect to meet on the day and time mentioned.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 1-6

Topics vary. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Junior Plus, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lec/Sem #1, Lec/Sem #2, Lec/Sem #3, Lec/Sem #4, Lec/Sem #5, Lec/Sem #6, Lec/Sem #7, Lec/Sem #8, Lec/Sem #9, Sem/Lec #10, Sem/Lec #11, Sem/Lec #12, Sem/Lec #13, Sem/Lec #14, Sem/Lec #15, Sem/Lec #16, Sem/Lec #17, Sem/Lec #18, Seminar
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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