Program Seminars 2013-2014
IHUM sponsors several Program Seminars each year, all with an interdisciplinary agenda, many team-taught. A list of this year’s courses follows on this page; click on the titles for more detailed information. Program seminars are open to all graduate students.
Benjamin’s “Artwork Essay” or, Cultural History as the Rigorous Study of Art & Media (HUM 581) Brigid Doherty (ART and GER) & Michael Jennings (GER). This seminar explores W. Benjamin's "Artwork Essay" as an experiment in and a critique of modernist cultural history.
Contemporary Art and the Amateur (HUM 598) Joe Scanlan. How has the "lover of things" influenced visual art? The class will investigate how the amateur embodied aesthetic ambition or political rights, and engage in amateur art-making, from drawing to faux research.
Observing the World Leonard Barkan (COM) & Daniel Garber (PHI). This seminar we will consider the different modalities of observation in the pre- and early modern world, including artistic, literary, philosophical, and scientific.
Other Courses of Interest 2013-2014
The Itinerant Languages of Photography (HUM 571) Eduardo Cadava (ENG). Taking its point of departure from a set of literary and theoretical writings on photography, this course offers an alternative, more dynamic, transnational history of photography.