Writing Intensive Topics

ART HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY 3001

This course introduces students to contemporary issues in cultural property restitution. Our approach will be object-based: we will examine looted and plundered art and artifacts to gain a better understanding of the conditions behind their loss and the disputes surrounding their return. Both western and non-western objects will be considered, from the Nazi theft of the Ghent Altarpiece to the British sack of the Benin Bronzes. For the writing component of this course, students will undertake a semester-long project on a looted artwork or artifact of their choice. Over the course of three papers, students will situate their object within its original context, examine the historical circumstances behind its loss, and discuss the debates surrounding its return. This project therefore offers students the opportunity to engage with art from a cultural heritage perspective, allowing them to deepen their understanding of postcolonial history while becoming acquainted with current methods in object-based research. Prerequisites: None
Course Attributes: FA AH; EN H; BU Hum; BU IS; AS HUM; AS LCD; AS WI I; GF AH; FA HUM; AR HUM; AH AM; AH RB; AH MEA; AH NW; AH A

Section 11

Writing Intensive Topics
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