Art History 305 History of Islamic Art and Architecture*
MoWe 2:30pm - 3:45pm
This course surveys the architecture, landscape, book arts, and luxury objects produced in Islamic contexts from Spain to India from the 7th through the 21st centuries. Attention will be focused upon the relationships between Islamic visual idioms and localized religious, political, and socioeconomic circumstances. In particular, lectures and readings will examine the vital roles played by theology, royal patronage, ceremonies, gift exchange, trade, and workshop practices in the formulation of visual traditions.
Notes: This course may be taken for graduate credit.
Art History 413 Art and Architecture in the Age of the Caliphs
MoWe 4:00pm - 5:15pm
The tenth century CE marked a period of drastic change in the Islamic world, as the unified Islamic caliphate splintered into three rival dynasties: the Sunni Iraqi Abbasids, Spanish Umayyads, and the Shi'ite Fatimids in Egypt. In their quest to dominate the Islamic world and control the Mediterranean, each dynasty openly competed and responded to the others in architectural projects, ceremonial practices and courtly arts. Course themes include the role of sectarian identity (Shi'ite vs Sunni); the incorporation of Christian and Jewish culture; the relation between the court and urban populations; and the meaning of ornament and style in Islamic art.
Notes: This course may be taken for graduate credit.
Art History 779 Cities of Asia
MoWe 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Historical overview of the built environment of cities of Asia from antiquity to the present; architectural and urban legacy in its social and historical context; exploration of common themes that thread through the diverse geographical regions and cultures of Asia.
Art History 749 Topics in Architectural History: History of American Vernacular Architecture and Landscapes**
TuTh 1:00pm - 2:15pm
This graduate-level topics course typically meets with an intermediate to advanced level lecture course. However, the requirements for graduate students are different, consisting of journal entries, presentations, and a substantial research paper as well as attendance and participation in the lectures and activities. Topic varies but may include such topics as "History of American Vernacular Architecture and Landscapes;" "Frank Lloyd Wright and Modernism" "Domestic Spaces;" and "Signature Buildings in World Architecture."
Notes: This is a combined section class; offers video conferencing.
Art History 802 Topics in Visual Cultures: Everyday: Lives, Spaces, Things
Mo 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Content will vary to facilitate in-depth engagement of critical facts, theories, and images in specific areas of specialization.
**These courses are for UW-Milwaukee students only. UW-Madison students who would like to enroll should contact Anna Andrzejewski directly.
Africology 800: Introduction to qualitative research methods in Africology
Erin Winkler, Africology, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursdays, 2:00 PM - 4:40 PM
This course provides an in-depth and hands-on examination of the use of qualitative interviewing in Africological research. Students will learn when this method is appropriate, how to design their study (including how to compose interview questions to best elicit rich qualitative data, revising questions after pilot interviews, how to recruit participants, and more), and how to analyze their data. As a theoretical guide, students will learn, evaluate, and apply Grounded Theory. Additionally, we will critically evaluate the application of this method in the study of people of African descent, as well as the impact of researcher positionality on research design, data collection, and data analysis. Students will conduct a research project and write a final research paper centered on interview data they will collect during the semester. This is a seminar-style course for graduate students only.
AFRI 700: Theories and Foundations
Daniel McClure, Africology, email@example.com
Tuesdays 2:00PM - 4:40PM, Mitchell Hall 206
This course is an introduction to the historical, theoretical and methodological concerns of Africology. It explores the institutionalization of this field of study as an academic discipline; the body of engaged scholarship at its core; the importance of diasporic perspectives; and, the continued development of cross-, inter-, and trans-disciplinary approaches. It examines the black intellectual tradition, the development of particular bodies of knowledge within it and the ways these bodies of knowledge have shaped traditional disciplines, public policies and public discourses. Topics examined will include Pan-Africanism, Black Radicalism, Black Feminism, Afrocentrism, Diaspora Theory, Critical Race Theory, and others. This is a graduate level seminar with weekly meetings organized around critical textual analysis, facilitated dialogue and student presentations.
Topics in Architectural Theory: Pillow Talk
Meeting Time TBD
Pillow Talk explores the history, theory, design, fabrication, and performance of architectural inflatables from the 1960s to present. Through their participatory and do-it-yourself nature, inflatables—also known as pneumatics, blow-ups, airdomes, airhouses, or windbags—offer an alternative to traditional modes of generating architectural form and space. Blurring the line between air and building, or building and installation, they demonstrate that architecture can be soft and temporary, and even as immaterial as air. According to Ant Farm’s Inflatocookbook (1971), the go-to do-it-yourself manual for pneumatic construction, the reason to build inflatables becomes obvious “as soon as you get people inside” and they experience “the freedom and instability of an environment.” The instantaneity, ephemerality, and mobility of these air-filled structures and their respective membranes subvert the careful planning and durable detailing affiliated with architectural modernism.
This shift from hardware to software exposes architecture to technical and cultural innovation, offering up new possibilities for performance. What, then, is the history and future of inflatable architecture? This seminar, organized around a series of themes engaging pneumatic performance, will involve students in research, writing, and the production of inflatable forms and spaces. The first phase of the semester will be structured around a series of readings and precedents related to architectural inflatables. The second phase of the term will engage students in hands-on pneumatic experimentation with a variety of materials and techniques, exploring themes and processes extracted from the first phase. The third and final phase of the course will support the development of pneumatic research, design, and fabrication projects.
Geography 870: Contemporary Geographic Approaches
Ryan B Holifield, Geography, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed 4:30 PM - 7:10 PM
Geography 905: Special Topics in Geography
Kristin Sziarto, Geography, email@example.com
This course will investigate conceptualizations of life and death, power and subjectivity, and space and place enabled by scholarly work on “biopolitics.” Coined by Foucault, the concept of biopolitics has been taken up as potentially useful for understanding contemporary formations of power, identity, and spatialities, including the politics of national borders and refugee movements, public health and reproductive health, and even of the notion of “population.” This course will survey key pieces by Foucault and those engaging with his work theoretically, as well as empirical work in political and critical geographies; urban studies; feminist and gender studies; science studies and environmental politics; and related fields. The critical questions driving the course are: How can the concept of biopolitics inform our research? How has it been understood and critiqued – and used in empirical work? What are its strengths, its weaknesses, and its limits? The first half of the semester’s readings will be set by the instructor; then, based on graduate students’ interests and input, and a bibliography created by the instructor, the class will plan readings for the second half of the course.
Hist 404 The Future of the Past: Introduction to Digital History
Jasmine Alinder, History, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting Time TBD
This course will introduce students to the theory and practice of digital history. The course will consider the following questions: What does it mean to do history in the digital age? Is digital history a method, a field, or a movement? How are historians utilizing the web and various forms of new media and technology to research and publish? What are the new challenges that digital history presents to traditional modes and understandings of what it means to be an academic historian? Is there digital thinking (or just digital tools)? In addition to addressing these theoretical questions, students will also learn some basic digital literacy skills.
HIST 463 History of the American City
Amanda Seligman, History, email@example.com
Thursdays 9:30 AM -10:45 AM
In History 463, students will learn about the transformations of American cities from the colonial period to the present. Topics include transportation, housing, infrastructure, race, and suburbanization. Graduate students will complete scaffolded research projects rather than the written work assigned to undergraduates.
HIST 700 - Introduction to Public History
Nan Kim, History, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed 7:00 PM-9:40 PM
Seminar on community history, relations between academic history and public history, and uses of material culture and oral history. Prereq: grad st.
HIST 713 Historical Research Methods
Joe A Austin
The methods historians use require specific analytical skills developed for particular genres of evidence and a self-reflexive stance that assesses the interpretative limitations of a piece or a collection of evidence, including qualifiers for the types of interpretive arguments the sources can support. Historical methods are not “eternal"; they are as much historical artifacts as they are “instruments” of our current craft. Methods change over time and are frequently reshaped to fit existent circumstances, new questions, new types of artifacts, and new archives. This class examines AND PRACTICES historical methods, and works toward the kinds of skills that will allow a graduate student to do advanced research in the discipline of history, as well as acquire new methodological skills as their careers develop.