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    Course Number: HA 200 | CCN: 32254

    Graduate Proseminar

    Atreyee Gupta

    Monday, 2:00-5:00pm

    What does art history look like now? A range of political developments and their attendant intellectual commitments have slowly, but surely, reshaped the methods of art history in the past few decades. In the 1990s, postcolonial theory and deconstruction undermined the notion of a stable seeing and knowing subject; more recently, digital humanities, global modernism/s, and eco art history have all expanded art history’s horizon in different ways. This proseminar seeks to access the shape of the discipline as it now stands. Beginning with the Enlightenment and the birth of modern disciplinarity, we will track the histories, genealogies, methods, and debates that have shaped art history. We will pay close attention to authors and texts that defined the discipline for long; we will be equally attentive to formerly marginalized voices that spoke from outside of art history’s predominantly Westernist registers. In the end, we will turn our attention to the pragmatics of fieldwork, archival research, and writing to critically interrogate our own intellectual position in relation to the field. The proseminar is required of first-year PhD students in the History of Art Department but is open to graduate students from all departments interested in art history.

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