Courses

  • GRS AA 716: African Diaspora Arts in the Americas
    Study of the transmission of African artistry in the Caribbean, South America, and the United States from the period of slavery to the present. Topics include Kongo and Yoruba arts and their influence on the arts of Santeria, Vodun, and carnival. Also offered as GRS AH 716.
  • GRS AA 804: Seminar: The Family
    Explores the rise of "modern" families and the plurality of contemporary family forms and processes including gay and lesbian families and new reproductive technologies. Particular attention to social and economic inequalities and their implications for family life. Also offered as GRS SO 804.
  • GRS AA 808: Seminar: Ethnic, Race, and Minority Relations
    Formation and position of ethnic minorities in the United States, including cross-group comparisons from England, Africa, and other parts of the world. Readings and field experience. Also offered as GRS SO 808.
  • GRS AA 871: African American History
    The history of African Americans from African origins to present; consideration of societies in West and West Central Africa from which enslaved Africans originated, slavery and freedom in colonial America, Civil War and Reconstruction to Civil Rights. Also offered as GRS HI 698.
  • GRS AA 882: History of Religion in Pre-Colonial Africa
    Study of the development of religious traditions in Africa during the period prior to European colonialism. An emphasis both on indigenous religions and on the African roots and the growth and spread of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the continent as a whole. Also offered as GRS HI 749 and GRS RN 682.
  • GRS AA 885: Atlantic History
    Examines the various interactions that shaped the Atlantic World, connecting Europe, Africa, and the Americas between 1400 and 1800. Begins by defining the political interaction, then emphasizes cultural exchange, religious conversion, and the revolutionary era. Also offered as GRS HI 750.
  • GRS AA 901: Directed Study in African American Studies
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
  • GRS AA 902: Directed Study in African American Studies
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
  • GRS AH 713: Imperial Reflections: Early Modern Islamic Art and Architecture
    Architecture, manuscripts, textiles, metalwork, and ceramics of the Mughal, Ottoman, and Safavid Empires. Focus on the formation of imperial styles, intersections between art and politics, and the importance of the arts in dynastic legitimization.
  • GRS AH 716: African Diaspora Arts in the Americas
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    Study of the transmission of African artistry in the Caribbean, South America, and the United States from the period of slavery to the present. Topics include Kongo and Yoruba arts and their influence on the arts of Santeria, Vodun, and carnival. Also offered as GRS AA 716.
  • GRS AH 726: Colloquium in Japanese Art
    Exploration of artistic media and architectural types from neolithic periods to the twentieth century. Colloquium focuses on narrower themes arising from topics introduced in CAS AH 326 lectures, special attention paid to historiography and methodology.
  • GRS AH 731: Arts of Archaic Greece
    This colloquium (paired with CAS AH 331) considers special topics in Greek Archaic art.
  • GRS AH 733: Colloquium in Greek Art and Architecture
    Greek architecture, painting, sculpture, and minor arts. Emphasis on developments in Athens and on the creation of the classical style in art and architecture.
  • GRS AH 742: Colloquium in Latin American Art
    Case studies designed to explore the main aesthetic, social, and historical discourses surrounding image production in Latin America while familiarizing students with main scholars in the field and their methodologies.
  • GRS AH 782: Colloquium in Nineteenth-Century Architecture in Europe and America
    Dilemma of style in nineteenth-century architecture; study of the relationship of architectural theory to the changing philosophy and aesthetic theory of the period. Development of functionalist theory.
  • GRS AH 802: Seminar: Art Historical Writings
    This seminar considers the history and methods of art history through the writings of Vasari, Bellori, Winkelmann, Kant, Hegel, Wolfflin, Riegl, Warburg, Panofsky, and Gombrich, among others.
  • GRS AH 805: Professional Development and Placement Seminar
    Graduate Prerequisites: completion of PhD oral exam.
    Offers advanced PhD students the opportunity to present and discuss works-in-progress and structured guidance for the tasks involved in academic and curatorial job applications.
  • GRS AH 820: Seminar: Asian Art
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    Topic for Fall 2014: Kyoto: Art, Architecture, and Urbanism. This seminar explores the art, architecture, and urbanism of Kyoto, the Japanese imperial capital from the late eighth century to the mid-nineteenth century. Analyzes major artistic and architectural projects sponsored by generations of emperors, aristocrats and warriors.
  • GRS AH 822: Seminar: African Art
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.
    In-depth discussion of special topics in the study of African art and architecture. Topic for Fall 2016: Post-Colonial Theory and Visual Culture in Africa. Underscores the continuing importance of post-colonial theory to understanding the history of African art. Topics include the construction of ethnicity in North Africa, the emergence of Senegalese Sufi arts in response to colonialism, art and political struggle in the Congo.
  • GRS AH 846: Seminar: Romanesque and Gothic Art
    Topic for Fall 2016: Images and Their Uses in the Middle Ages. Examines the function of images. Topics covered include images as tools for propaganda, for devotion, meditation and teaching. Apotropaic motifs (particularly grotesques) and images for entertainment and amusement are studied in detail.