MA/PhD

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Consortium

Students may take courses at our consortium partner institutions which include Columbia University (COL), Cooper Hewitt, Parsons School of Design (CH), the City University of …

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Independent Study

Independent study offers students the opportunity to pursue research in areas beyond the range of the standard curriculum. Through independent study, students further their knowledge …

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Internship

Internships are arranged through the BGC, the student, and the sponsoring institution. A wide variety of internships are available, including positions at museums, historic houses, …

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475
Jews in the Ancient City: Materiality and Politics
Seth Schwartz
Lecture Hall
TUE 9:30am – 12:00pm

This course will explore the experience of Jews in the ancient—primarily Roman imperial—city, with particular attention to Asia Minor (modern Turkey), where evidence …

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476
In Focus: Conserving Active Matter
Soon Kai Poh
Lecture Hall
MON 9:30am – 12:00pm

This course is the first of two “In Focus” courses where students will actively contribute to and participate in the development of a Spring 2022 exhibition …

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477
Material Cultures of Trans-Atlantic West Africa
Christian Larsen
Seminar Room
THU 1:30pm – 4:00pm

The Afro-Brazilian anthropologist and Candomblé babalorixá Julio Braga said, “Religion was for the African for some hundred of years in Brazil, the great sentimental refuge …

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478
Greek and Roman Technology
Caspar Meyer
Lecture Hall
THU 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Greek and Roman technology comprises a diverse body of theories and practical skills that were harnessed to intervene in the material environment, alleviate its uncertainties …

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479
Making the Future in the Past: Material Culture Approaches to Craft and Time
Caspar Meyer
Seminar Room
MON 1:30pm – 4:00pm

How can material culture help us understand how people in the past planned for their futures? And why should we be interested in this question? …

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480
Doll Parts: Human Forms in the History of Design and Material Culture
Freyja Hartzell
Lecture Hall
FRI 1:30pm – 4:00pm

What is a doll? In a moment of utter despair, Sara Crewe, the desolate ten-year-old heroine of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s enduringly popular 1905 children’s …

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481
Unsettling Things: Expanding Conversations in Studies of the Material World
Meredith B. Linn, Aaron Glass
Remote
WED 9:30am – 12:00pm

Academic thinking has always been in active dialogue with changing social, cultural, and political contexts. Many current modes of scholarly thought, which are employed broadly …

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482
Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties, 300 BCE-200 CE
François Louis
Remote
THU 9:30am – 12:00pm

This seminar offers an introduction to the Qin and Han dynasties by examining major archaeological finds, including the tomb complex of the First Emperor and …

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483
A Song of Clay and Fire: Ceramics of Japan and Korea
Lecture Hall
TUE 9:30am – 12:00pm

This seminar explores representative ceramics made in Japan and Korea from the medieval era to the modern day. With emphasis on the artistic and technological …

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501
Objects in Context: A Survey of the Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture II
Catherine Whalen
Remote
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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691
Nineteenth-Century Fashion
Michele Majer
Lecture Hall
MON 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Focusing on France as the capital of style, this seminar examines the significance of fashion during a period of major political, economic, and social change. …

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693
Craft and Design in the USA, 1945 to the Present
Catherine Whalen
Remote
THU 9:30am – 12:00pm

This seminar examines the shifting boundaries of craft and design in the United States from World War II to the present. In the postwar era’…

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793
The Grand Tour
Jeffrey L. Collins
Lecture Hall
THU 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Beginning in the sixteenth century, increasing numbers of affluent travelers from northern Europe, along with their tutors, artists, and chaperones, embarked on an extended Bildungsreise …

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860
Qualifying Paper

Second-year MA students who will graduate in May must register for this final paper in the spring semester. 3 credits.

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863
Objects of Colonial Encounter: Native Arts of the Southwest and Northwest Coast
Aaron Glass, Hadley Jensen
Lecture Hall
FRI 9:30am – 12:00pm

Colonial encounter involves the meeting of diverse peoples, often on unequal terms, in a variety of sites and mediated by myriad cultural forms. This course …

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894
Objects of Belief: Iconoclasm and Continuity in the Era of Reformations, 1450-1600
Andrew Morrall
Lecture Hall
WED 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This course examines the transformation of the visual and material culture of late medieval Christianity brought about by the Protestant Reformation and the subsequent upheavals …

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