ARTH 499: Advanced Studies in Art History

ARTH 499-DL1: Photography, Race, and Empire
(Fall 2022)

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.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Seminar-style discussion on specific subjects in art history. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in Major
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGH 302 and 3XX level course in Art History; or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Seminar
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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