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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IND
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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INT
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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200
Orientation

This two-and-a-half week August session includes introductions to resources at Bard Graduate Center, as well as required digital and writing seminars, and language classes, if …

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470
Period Rooms, from the Nineteenth Century to Today
2nd Floor Classroom
THU 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This course will investigate the topic of the period room—both as an historical and contemporary object. Period rooms began as a fashion in Britain …

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471
What is Research? II
Arjun Appadurai, Peter N. Miller
5th Floor Classroom
WED 9:30am – 12:00pm

This course continues a sequence begun in Fall 2020 (488. What is Research?) and will continue through the opening of Utopias of Research in 2023. This year’s …

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472
In Focus II: Conserving Active Matter
Ivan Gaskell, Soon Kai Poh
5th Floor Classroom
THU 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This course is the second of two “In Focus” courses where students will actively contribute to Conserving Active Matter, an exhibition opening at BGC in …

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473
Threads of Power: Lace from the Textilmuseum St. Gallen
Michele Majer
2nd Floor Classroom
MON 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This seminar is offered as part of BGC’s mission to integrate teaching and exhibitions. Threads of Power: Lace from the Textilmuseum (September 17, 2022-January 1, 2023), co-curated …

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474
Archaeology of African American Communities
Meredith B. Linn
2nd Floor Classroom
THU 5:00pm – 7:30pm

As a number of Black feminist scholars, in particular, have described, the history of African Americans in this country has been one of erasure, appropriation, …

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475
Art and Ecology in the Pre-Modern World
Ittai Weinryb, Caspar Meyer
2nd Floor Classroom
WED 9:30am – 12:00pm

Over the past twenty years the mounting environmental crisis of global scale has led many scholars to question the dominant anthropocentric models of interpretation inherited …

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

Perhaps more than ever before, contemporary designers are concerned with the intersections of natural science and utilitarian form. Our built environment is populated with complex …

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500
Objects in Context: A Survey of Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture I
Catherine Whalen
Lecture Hall
MON 5:00pm – 7:30pm

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

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502
Approaches to the Object
Freyja Hartzell, Andrew Morrall
THU 9:30am – 12:00pm

This fall-term course is required for entering MA students, and for PhD students who have not taken a course deemed comparable. Drawing on the expertise …

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505
First-Year Tutorial

Our first-year tutorial matches entering MA students with faculty advisors who hold regular meetings throughout the year that blend advising and informal intellectual mentorship. These …

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510
Writing Objects
Helen Polson
TUE 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This two-semester practicum on Tuesday afternoons develops techniques for effective graduate-level writing through practical exercises and workshop sessions. Drawing on the assignments and readings in 500…

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572
Song Design and Material Culture, 960–1279
François Louis
5th Floor Classroom
FRI 1:30pm – 4:00pm

The Song dynasty unified the Chinese heartlands in the tenth century, but had to contend with powerful neighboring empires to the north and west, the …

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584
Ceramics and Society: A Social and Cultural History of European Ceramics, 1500–1900
Andrew Morrall
2nd Floor Classroom
FRI 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This seminar explores the evolution of ceramic techniques and materials within the wider contexts of economic, social, and cultural life. We will study the role …

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730
The Social Lives of Things: The Anthropology of Art and Material Culture
Aaron Glass
5th Floor Classroom
MON 9:30am – 12:00pm

This seminar surveys anthropological theories of art and material culture with a cross-cultural purview and a concentration on Indigenous societies in colonial and contemporary times. …

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747
Visual and Material Cultures of the Middle Ages: An Introduction
Ittai Weinryb
5th Floor Classroom
THU 5:00pm – 7:30pm

This course is a broad examination of the material remains of medieval culture through two interpretive prisms: that of visual culture and the other of …

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802
Archaeology of the Kitan-Liao Dynasty, 907-1125
François Louis
2nd Floor Classroom
MON 9:30am – 12:00pm

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 and …

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834
American Collectors and Collections
Catherine Whalen
5th Floor Classroom
FRI 9:30am – 12:00pm

This seminar explores the history, theory, and practice of collecting in the United States from the turn of the nineteenth century to the present. Both …

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915
History and Material Culture: New Directions
Ivan Gaskell
2nd Floor Classroom
TUE 9:30am – 12:00pm

The seminar will study The Oxford Handbook of History and Material Culture (2020) to ascertain its place in the development of material culture history. The Handbook …

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959
Exhibition and Curatorial Practice
Nina Stritzler-Levine
5th Floor Classroom
TUE 9:30am – 12:00pm

This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to conceive of and implement an exhibition. We will consider, analyze, and critique different …

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964
Excavating the Empire City: An Introduction to the Historical Archaeology of New York City
Meredith B. Linn
5th Floor Classroom
MON 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This course will introduce students to the historical archaeology of New York City and to the material traces of the past that lie beneath our …

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968
Polychrome Revolutions: The Collision of New Art Media with the Social and Environmental Justice Movements of the Nineteenth Century
Jennifer L. Mass
2nd Floor Classroom
FRI 9:30am – 12:00pm

The nineteenth century saw a revolution in the materials and technologies that were available to artists for their representation of the natural world. These innovations …

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994
Reading the Table in Early Modern Europe
Deborah L. Krohn
5th Floor Classroom
WED 1:30pm – 4:00pm

In conjunction with what has been called the “coming of the book,” knowledge about food, including its preparation and service, moved from the realm of …

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