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489
Living Things: Biology, Modernity, and Design in the Long Nineteenth Century
Freyja Hartzell
2nd Floor Classroom
THU 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Perhaps more than ever before, contemporary designers are concerned with the intersections of natural science and utilitarian form. Currently explored in “Nature,” the Cooper Hewitt’…

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490
Digital Archaeological Heritage
Caspar Meyer, Meredith B. Linn
5th Floor Classroom
THU 9:30am – 12:00pm

Over the past few decades, digital technologies have changed our world fromhow we communicate to how we conduct research to even how we understand what …

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491
Comrade Commodity: Design Behind the Iron Curtain
Freyja Hartzell
5th Floor Classroom
FRI 9:30am – 12:00pm

The development of modern design is in many ways intertwined with the rise of consumer capitalism. But what happens to design when market forces …

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492
Objects and Ideas of Eighteenth-Century France
Jeffrey L. Collins
5th Floor Classroom
WED 9:30am – 12:00pm

In recent decades, art history’s embrace of perspectives from material culture studies on the one hand and economic and social history on the other …

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493
In Focus II: Reading the Table in Early Modern Europe
Deborah L. Krohn
5th Floor Classroom
WED 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This course is a research seminar that will enable students to undertake in-depth study of the objects and sources to be included in the upcoming …

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494
Twelve Critical Topics in Cultural Heritage Science for the Humanities Scholar
Jennifer L. Mass
2nd Floor Classroom
FRI 9:30am – 12:00pm

This course will examine key concepts in material culture that require us to look at objects through the scientist’s lens. Topics will include: patina …

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495
Material Culture and Everyday Life in the Medieval Mediterranean World—Evidence from the Cairo Geniza
Miriam Frenkel
5th Floor Classroom
TUE 9:30am – 12:00pm

The rich findings of the Cairo Geniza supply unparalleled data concerning the material culture and everyday life of Jews, Muslims, and Christians, who lived around …

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496
In Focus: Interlaced Traditions—Indigenous Textiles of the American Southwest
Hadley Jensen
2nd Floor Classroom
TUE 9:30am – 12:00pm

This seminar surveys the cultural and material histories of indigenous textiles in the greater American Southwest, including Navajo, Pueblo, and Hispanic weaving traditions. Through historical …

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497
Nomadic Material Culture: Western Eurasia in the First Millennium BC
Caspar Meyer
5th Floor Classroom
MON 1:30pm – 4:00pm

The emergence of fully mobile lifeways is one of the most distinctive features of the Eurasian steppe belt of the first millennium BC. Current scholarship …

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498
Global Early Modern
Natalia Di Pietrantonio
5th Floor Classroom
MON 9:30am – 12:00pm

Embedded in the discipline of Islamic art history is the study of imperial histories and thus of global contact. This graduate seminar will focus on …

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499
Meanings, Approaches, and Cases in the History of Technology
Antonio Sánchez Gómez
5th Floor Classroom
FRI 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This seminar examines the development of the changing meanings of technology and of the most prominent scholarly approaches to the history of technology as a …

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501
Objects in Context: A Survey of Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture II
Catherine Whalen
Lecture Hall
MON 5:00pm – 7:30pm

This two-semester, team-taught course introduces incoming students to major historical developments in the decorative and applied arts, design, and material culture from antiquity to the …

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606
The Colonial Revival
Catherine Whalen
2nd Floor Classroom
WED 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This seminar focuses on the Colonial Revival in the United States, a complex cultural phenomenon succinctly described as “national retrospection.” Chronologically, the course ranges from …

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752
Early Chinese Antiquities and the History of Their Study
François Louis
2nd Floor Classroom
MON 9:30am – 12:00pm

Antiquarianism, the pre-modern scholarly practice of collecting and interpreting relics from the distant past, emerged in the eleventh century in Song China. In China, it …

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802
Archaeology of the Kitans, ca. 900–1130
François Louis
5th Floor Classroom
THU 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Over the past four decades a number of sensational archaeological finds have drawn scholarly attention to the long neglected Kitan-Liao Empire in northern China. The …

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833
Modern Textiles, 1850–1970
Michele Majer
5th Floor Classroom
THU 5:00pm – 7:30pm

This course traces the development of furnishing and dress textiles in Europe and the United States from the highly naturalistic and revival styles of the …

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967
Oceania: Art and Material Culture
Ivan Gaskell
2nd Floor Classroom
WED 9:30am – 12:00pm

This course will introduce the art and material culture of the inhabitants of one third of the surface of the Earth—Oceania— focusing on their …

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985
The Art of the Bronze Statuette from the Renaissance through the Nineteenth Century: Intensive Research and Cataloguing
Deborah L. Krohn
2nd Floor Classroom
THU 9:30am – 12:00pm

Our culture’s ability to manufacture almost any plastic form—ranging from Jeff Koons steel bunnies to chocolate ones—can numb us to the magic …

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