The Colloquium introduces students in the Visual and Cultural Studies Program to aspects of the histories, theories, and methodologies of our field of study. We proceed in three ways: First, we read and discuss together a series of texts on and in visual and cultural studies. Second, various faculty members in the program conduct sessions in their areas of expertise based on readings that they select for us. And third, each student presents his or her own work to the colloquium. For this final part, it is important that students engage with visual and cultural studies models and provide relevant readings to other members of the colloquium.
This class will study examples of fiber arts across cultures and time periods from 1000 AD to the 21st Century. We will analyze the place of textiles in the history of art as a discipline, as well as their use as a medium for contemporary artists. Each student will pick an object to do both historiographic and scholarly research on all semester.</p><p>Examples will include the Bayeux Tapestry (12th century England), Navajo textiles, Afghani rugs of the 20th century, Japanese kimono, and modern and contemporary artists including Anni Albers, Sheila Hicks, Lin Tianmiao, and Marie Watt.
<span>This course examines the arguments and the rhetoric of radical thinkers who have tried to change the world rather than just interpret it since the revolutions of 1848</span>
<span>This course explores anthropological approaches to the study of mass consumption and material culture. Specific topics for investigation will include: possessions and personhood; the history of modern consumerism in the West; and the globalization of markets. The course will address these and other topics through case studies of everyday items of food and drink. Students will be required to develop and present a brief research project; students registered for ANT 226 will be asked to do projects on food-related issues. Projects may make use of ethnographic and/or historical methods and/or primary research materials. Having previously taken ANT 101 is helpful</span>.
<span>A focused study of Godzilla on film, beginning with the 1954 film that inspired and helped define the Japanese kaiju eiga genre. The larger context of the course is a critical investigation of genre film, specifically the science-fiction/horror/creature-feature film, and a careful consideration of the “culture of war” (World War II through 21st century). We begin with a sampling of seminal non-Japanese titles that provided the foundation for the Godzilla film paradigm, then focus on a close textual study of select “Godzilla films” that help us understand the historical and social contexts for Godzilla’s erratic trajectory since 1954. Recent DVD releases with both dubbed and original Japanese language versions enable us to dissect the culturally generated permutations of kaiju eiga.</span>