Courses

  • GRS AH 853: Seminar: Renaissance Art and Architecture
    Topic for Fall 2016: Beginnings and Endings: The Life of Artistic Style in the Renaissance. This seminar critically and historically considers the ways in which artistic style is thought to begin and end, with specific focus on the concept of style in Italian Renaissance art and architecture.
  • GRS AH 863: Seminar: Baroque Art and Architecture
    Topic for Fall 2015: Rembrandt. This seminar explores Rembrandt's art and career through a variety of art historical approaches, and is coordinated in part with the MFA exhibition, "Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer" (October 2015-January 2016).
  • GRS AH 867: Material Culture
    Introduction to the theory and practice of the interdisciplinary study of material culture, which includes everything we make and use, from food and clothing to art and buildings. Explores contemporary scholarship from a range of disciplines. Also offered as GRS AM 867.
  • GRS AH 884: Seminar: Nineteenth-Century Architecture
    Topic for Fall 2016: John Sloane. John Soane (1753 - 1837) is one of Britain's most famous architects, whose work continues to be of great relevance to designers today. The seminar looks at theory, context, and history behind Soane's celebrated body of work, and afterlife of his achievements.
  • GRS AH 887: Seminar: American Art
    Topic for Spring 2016: Visual Culture of the American Frontier. Explores American artists' interpretations of shifting borders during the nineteenth century; how artists envisioned the socio-economic promise, violent transformation, and cultural hybridity of the frontier. Considers contemporary visual technology that introduced new modes of seeing and representing the frontier.
  • GRS AH 892: Approaches to Architectural History
    The aim of the course is to analyze the nature of writings on architecture, to identify their origins, and to discuss the reasons for their success and the consequences of their circulation.
  • GRS AH 893: Seminar: Twentieth-Century Architecture
    Topic for Fall 2015: State of Discipline: Historiography of Modern Architecture and Urbanism. This seminar provides a graduate-level survey in the historiography of modern architecture and urbanism with a focus on critical works and paradigm shifts that have characterized scholarship particularly in the last decade.
  • GRS AH 895: Seminar: Twentieth-Century Art
    Topic for Fall 2016: Paris 1900 to 1940. Explores the representation of Paris in a variety of media, from the Exposition Universelle in 1900 to World War II. Although literature, painting, photography, and film construct different Paris images, common concerns are studied throughout the semester.
  • GRS AM 735: Studies in American Culture
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Introduction to handling of primary materials from a number of disciplines in order to develop an American Studies perspective. Required of all American Studies PhD students.
  • GRS AM 736: The Literature of American Studies
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Introduction to classic problems in the interpretation of American society and culture. Required of all American Studies PhD students.
  • GRS AN 703: Proseminar: Ethnography and the History of Social Theory in Anthropology
    Intensive introduction focusing on classic works of ethnography, social theory, and the history of the discipline from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. Required of first-year graduate students and open to students in related disciplines with the consent of the instructor.
  • GRS AN 704: Proseminar: Contemporary Anthropological Theory
    Graduate Prerequisites: Required of first-year graduate students and open to students in related disciplines with the consent of the instructor.
    Examination of major theoretical trends and debates in anthropological theory from the 1960s to present.
  • GRS AN 705: Graduate Proseminar in Anthropology: the Biological and Historical Past
    Examination of major contributions and debates in biological anthropology focusing on humanity's place in the natural world. Topics include evolutionary theory, fossil and living primates, human evolution, historical demography, human life histories, and the relationship between biology and culture.
  • GRS AN 707: Turkey & Middle East Perspective (Area)
    Social and cultural diversity of the modern Middle East with particular attention to Turkey. Focus on the interplay of traditions and socio-economic changes that have occurred during the 20th century and their implications for the future.
  • GRS AN 708: Food, Culture, and Society
    Study of foodways, culinary social history, diet and food ecology with special attention to Asian societies and Boston's food culture. Examines the use of food and cuisine as a focus for identity, national development, and social change.
  • GRS AN 709: Boston: An Ethnographic Approach
    An anthropological study of Boston using the city as a site of recovery and discovery as students develop ethnographic skills and an understanding of the interplay between geography, history, and demography in the social mapping of urban spaces.
  • GRS AN 711: Civil Society and the State
    Focuses on the civil society-state nexus. Features an interdisciplinary critical analysis of the civil society contruct, including its value for understanding democratization and liberalization in developing areas, as well as its role in mature democracies.
  • GRS AN 716: Contemporary European Ethnography
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 101.
    Approaches Europe and European societies through an exploration of significant social shifts: the creation of the European Union, the decline of the national welfare state, the rise of regionalist movements, and the socio-political transformation of post-socialist states.
  • GRS AN 717: Power and Society in the Middle East
    Graduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 101 or consent of instructor
    Peoples and cultures of the Middle East from Afghanistan to Morocco and from the Caucasus to Yemen. Focuses on social organization, family structure, the relationship between the sexes, and the development and maintenance of authority
  • GRS AN 719: Anthropology of Muslim Cultures and Politics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: graduate standing. CAS AN 101 or another anthroplogy course is strongly recommended.
    Muslim societies are today being buffeted by a struggle over the forms and meanings of Muslim culture and politics. This course examines this struggle, and its implications for religious authority, gender ideals, and new notions of citizenship, civil society, and democracy.