Undergraduate Seminar: Breaking Images: Iconoclasms Past and Present
Humanity has resorted to deliberate image destruction many times in its recorded history. This class focuses on the theorization of this widespread phenomenon and on its specifics through a series of case studies from the Ancient Near East, ancient Athens, the Roman Empire, Byzantium, Protestant Europe, pre-colonial and colonial Africa, New Spain, Portuguese-era India, post-Soviet Europe, and the US. The objectives of this undergraduate seminar are as follows: to gain a better understanding about the nature and role of images and image-making from a broad perspective; to conduct independent research on a topic related to the class; to present and write a research paper on the same topic. The skills that you can expect to strengthen in this class include: public speaking, scholarly research in the humanities, formulating a research question, reading critically scholarly work, analysis of primary sources (visual and textual), writing a well-rounded paper, team-work.
This course fulfills the following requirements for the History of Art major: Geographical area (E) and Chronological period (I), (II), or (II), based on the topic of the final research paper or project.