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
    Surveys the history of African Americans from their African origins to the present, investigating their critical role in shaping the meaning of race, rights, freedom, and democracy during slavery, reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the civil rights era. 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 726: Colloquium in Japanese Art
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.
    Offered in conjunction with CAS AH 326, Arts of Japan. An exploration of artistic media and architectural types from Neolithic periods to the twentieth century. Focuses on narrower themes and issues arising from the general topics introduced in the lectures.
  • GRS AH 727: Colloquium in Chinese Art
    This course introduces the major tradition of Chinese art, from the Neolithic period to the present. Topics include bronzes, tomb sculpture, painting, calligraphy, ceramics, and gardens.
  • 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 798: Colloquium in Twentieth-Century Architecture
    Provides a graduate-level survey and methods seminar in the historiography of twentieth- century architecture and urban culture with a focus on paradigm shifts and critical works that have characterized scholarship especially over the last decade.
  • 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 812: Seminar: Portraiture
    Topic for Spring 2018: Portraiture from 1300-1600. Topics include the influence of ancient art and literature, tropes of animation (especially the "speaking portrait"), the visualization of identity, and the relationship between biography and art history.
  • GRS AH 822: Seminar: African Art
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.
    This class takes a historically dynamic approach to African art and looks at the movement of objects across geographic space. In particular, it considers art produced at contact zones, using cross-cultural encounters to rethink concepts of tradition, authenticity, and commodity.
  • GRS AH 846: Seminar: Romanesque and Gothic Art
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.
    Topic for Fall 2017: Medieval Art & Beyond. The first half of the class surveys the art of the Middle Ages. The second half focuses on big topics raised by this material including: Pathos, the Body, Self-Denial and Spirituality, and Death and Representation.
  • 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 2018: Rembrandt. Explores Rembrandt's art and career through various methodological approaches, situating his staggeringly prolific production of paintings, prints, and drawings within the cultural and social worlds for which they were created. Some meetings conducted at the MFA and Harvard Art
  • GRS AH 867: Material Culture
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.
    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.