Graduate Seminar: From Democracy to Decolonization: The History and Futures of Museums
Collaborative Research Seminars, 2 credit Graduate Seminar
Lauren Kroiz, Associate Professor, History of Art
Beth Piatote, Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies
Leigh Raiford, Associate Professor, African American and African Diaspora Studies
HUM 295 Collaborative Research Seminars are a suite of 2-unit graduate seminars, ranging across disciplines, that bring collaborative approaches and team-teaching to graduate studies in the humanities. Teams include two faculty members from the Division of Arts & Humanities and one faculty member from an outside discipline. Seminars include up to eighteen graduate students from different disciplines. In the first half of the semester, explorations and readings are organized by the three faculty members. In the second half, the graduate students form small cohorts, each tasked with collaborating on a research paper, white paper, or conference panel related to a case study. Where possible, case studies engage outside experts such as editors, curators, and policy analysts.
In 1793, the National Assembly in France opened the Louvre as an art museum, articulating a Western connection between museums and the spaces of democracy that continues to the present. More recently, museums have begun to grapple with the legacies of colonization that undergird those of democracy. To consider the future of democracy, we will interrogate decolonizing engagements with these inheritances as well as the potential of museums to be sites for inclusion, equity, accessibility, and anti-racist action. This course engages with the Future of Democracy, one of the six Signature Initiatives set by campus.
Instructor approval required. Please submit an expression of interest online at https://forms.gle/eLNCuNG1hJAdnjSL7. The application deadline is November 15, 2019. Decisions will be made by December 1, 2019. Selected students will receive a $1,300 research stipend.