Spring 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE TO DOCTORAL STUDENTS ONLY.
With a dual goal of exploring methods of research and helping students better shape their own original interdisciplinary research for their dissertation, articles for publication, and grant applications, this course will function like a workshop for advanced graduate students.
Over the course of the semester, students will rigorously work and rework essays and reviews, critique other students' writing, and define their long-term goals regarding what they hope to accomplish through research. We will discuss in depth the nature of research and assess both traditional tools (libraries, archives) and the latest ones (new initiatives in the digital humanities, for example). We will sample methodologies in art history and others in disciplines related to Aesthetic Studies and see how research goals have been defined and adapted in recent years.
The overall theme for this course, broadly defined, is Place—how we think about real or imagined territories, the ways that we describe them, our interaction with the spaces around us, and the means by which we understand objects that arise out of specific places. Over the course of the semester we will work through David Summers’ textbook "Real Spaces" and many shorter pieces as well as workshopping our own work. There will be readings on cartography, architecture, landscape, urban social history, and theories of space. But most importantly, we will be working through developing research ideas and strategies for those at the dissertation stage.
David Summers, "Real Spaces"
W. G. Sebald, "Austerlitz"
T. J. Clark, "The Painting of Modern Life"
Kate Turabian, "A Manual for Writers..."
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