Art History 304 and 704: Art and Archaeology - Ancient Rome
MoWe 8:24 - 9:40 AM
This course explores the art and archaeology of ancient Italy, the Roman Republic, and the Roman Empire from the Iron Age to Late Antiquity
Art History 621 and 802: Topics in Visual Culture: Mapping, Making, Colonial Spaces
MoWe 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Spatial legacy of colonialism; explores important ways in which the population, landscape, architecture, and urban environment of colonies were mapped, made, and represented, particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries; theoretical and empirical analyses from diverse disciplines and spatial terrain.
Art History 867: Seminar in Architectural History: Methods in Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures
Tuesdays 5-7 PM
This course seeks graduate students in the humanities and social sciences who actively interrogate the material and geographical world to understand its past and present meanings. Participants will critically examine methods of studying the everyday built environment, which includes ordinary buildings, cultural landscapes, and material objects. Students will analyze and compare a wide array of theories and methodological approaches from the last four decades including the work of scholars from the disciplines and fields of Art History, Geography, Landscape History, Environmental History, Urban Studies, Literature, Historical Archaeology, Material Culture, and Folklore. Discussions encourage students to explore the intellectual boundaries of these overlapping academic disciplines while also cultivating their own identities in their chosen fields of study through working on a capstone research project. Research projects this semester will focus on the theme of “Frontier Landscapes of the Anthropocene.” We will examine notions of “frontier building” in light of recent theories about humans’ impact on the environment in an age some call the “anthropocene." Students will learn skills in building documentation, archival research, and public history as they explore buildings and landscapes of the American frontier. Although students may work on any building or landscape of their choosing in the U.S. (including local buildings), students have the opportunity to work on projects related to this summer’s upcoming fieldschool in central North Dakota as part of a state level recordation project. Topics may range from early German-Russian homesteaders on the Dakota frontier to more recent frontier landscapes around energy and extraction.
**These courses are for UW-Milwaukee students only. UW-Madison students who would like to enroll should contact Anna Andrzejewski directly.
Architecture 553: Vernacular Buildings and Groupings
(3 cr. U/G. Study of the patterns and characteristics of human settlements and individual structures built according to local traditions. Prereq: Grad standing.)
Wednesdays 1:30 - 4:10 PM
The course will introduce students to methods of conducting intensive and hands-on research of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. Milwaukee, known for its rich industrial history and demographic diversity, is often called a legacy city made up of “older, industrial urban areas that have experienced significant population and job loss, resulting in high residential vacancy and diminished service capacity and resources.” However, despite real urban problems, the city’s built fabric, historic architecture and cultural diversity serve as real assets for a new urban renaissance. This course explores methods and theories of reading, documenting and interpreting the rich vernacular buildings and everyday cultural landscapes of Milwaukee. Students will learn how to identify, describe, document, photograph and make measured drawings of buildings. They will collect historical and heritage information from libraries and city repositories and conduct ethnographic research in order to understand the cultural relevance of selected building types and groupings. They will read seminal works on American vernacular architecture and urbanism. A semester long class-project will include multiple site visits and on-site workshops.
Art History 370 Trends in Contemporary Architecture
Jennifer N. Johung
Today buildings are no longer only conceived as objects, but are designed and constructed according to what they do on site or how they perform in tandem with the needs of their users. Through a selection of contemporary case studies, we will explore a building’s flexible relationship to its physical or digital sites, while analyzing its responsiveness to both real and virtual bodies. Of particular interest will be the materiality and temporality of animate, portable, interactive, sustainable, bio-mimetic, and biotechnological structures within performative, digital, virtual and vital environments.
History 712 Historiography and Theory of History
Wednesdays 4:00 - 6:40 PM
Seminar on the history or historical writing and thought, addressing a range of theoretical concerns including memory, narrative, gender history, postcoloniality, the uses of evidence, and historical erasure.
History 715 Local History Methods
Mondays 4:00 - 6:40 PM
This course will introduce students to methods used to conduct research for local history projects.