This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

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Students must choose a major subject and may choose a minor subject. Students may also select from one of seven concentrations, which are offered to enhance a student's work in the major or minor and to focus work on a specific area of interest.

Concentrations are an intentional cluster of courses already offered by various academic departments or through general programs. These courses may also be cross-listed in several academic departments. Therefore, when registering for a course that counts toward a concentration, a student should register for the course listed in her major or minor department. If the concentration course is not listed in her major or minor department, the student may enroll in any listing of that course.

Fall 2019

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ARCH B306-001Monumental PaintingSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 3:00 PM MDalton Hall 10Tasopoulou,E.
HART B248-001Topics in Museum Studies: Peruvian TextilesSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THDalton Hall 6Hopkins Barriga,A.
HART B281-001Museum Studies: History, Theory, PracticeSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THOld Library 110Scott,M.
PSYC B231-001Health PsychologySemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHOld Library 224Peterson,L.

Spring 2020

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ARCH B102-001Introduction to Classical ArchaeologySemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFLindenlauf,A.
ARCH B252-001PompeiiSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHTasopoulou,E.
FREN B105-001Directions de la France contemporaineSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFPeysson-Zeiss,A.
FREN B105-002Directions de la France contemporaineSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHLe Menthéour,R.
HART B274-001History of Chinese ArtSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHShi,J.
HART B279-001Exhibiting Africa: Art, Artifact and New ArticulationsSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THOld Library 104Scott,M.
HART B300-001The Curator in the MuseumSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM FOld Library 102Scott,M.
HART B316-001Museum Studies Fieldwork SeminarSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM WOld Library 102Scott,M.
HART B345-001Topics in Material CultureSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM WGhosh,P.
HIST B237-001Themes in Modern African History: Public History in AfricaSemester / 1LEC: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWNgalamulume,K.
HIST B274-001Focus: Topics in Modern US History: Leisure and Society: Tourism & ClassFirst Half / 0.5LEC: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHUllman,S.
HIST B274-002Focus: Topics in Modern US History: Leisure and Society: Baseball & ClassSecond Half / 0.5LEC: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHUllman,S.
HIST B349-001Topics in Comparative HistorySemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM WKale,M.
ITAL B315-001A Gendered History of the Avant-GardeSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THGiammei,A.

Fall 2020

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2019-20 Catalog Data

ARCH B102 Introduction to Classical Archaeology
Spring 2020
A historical survey of the archaeology and art of Greece, Etruria, and Rome.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B125 Classical Myths in Art and in the Sky
Not offered 2019-20
This course explores Greek and Roman mythology using an archaeological and art historical approach, focusing on the ways in which the traditional tales of the gods and heroes were depicted, developed and transmitted in the visual arts such as vase painting and architectural sculpture, as well as projected into the natural environment.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B218 Byzantine Textiles in Life and Death
Not offered 2019-20
This course explores the manifold uses and meanings of textiles in early Byzantine visual and material culture as well as their afterlife as objects of collection and display in the modern era. Students will undertake original research on early Byzantine textiles from the collection of Philadelphia University. Assignments will develop skills in museological writing, including documentation for collection databases and object exhibitions. Prerequisites: Previous coursework in History of Art, Archaeology, Museum Studies, or History is recommended, but not required.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B219 Art and Archaeology of Late Antiquity
Not offered 2019-20
This class examines the art and archaeology of the late-antique Mediterranean, tracing various iterations of artistic and architectural experimentation as well as socio-political expression from the Late Roman world of the Tetrarchs (3rd century CE) to the first Islamic Dynasty, the Umayyads (7th century CE). We will explore how the vitality of classical styles and pagan beliefs mixed with the creative energies of other "indigenous" traditions - Egyptian, Arabic, Jewish, Gallic, etc., as well as those of the new church, so as to better understand the cultural plurality and vigor of this period formally considered a "Dark Age."
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B252 Pompeii
Spring 2020
Introduces students to a nearly intact archaeological site whose destruction by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 C.E. was recorded by contemporaries. The discovery of Pompeii in the mid-1700s had an enormous impact on 18th- and 19th-century views of the Roman past as well as styles and preferences of the modern era. Informs students in classical antiquity, urban life, city structure, residential architecture, home decoration and furnishing, wall painting, minor arts and craft and mercantile activities within a Roman city.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B301 Topics in Exhibition Strategies
Section 001 (Spring 2019): ExhibitingByzantine Textiles
Not offered 2019-20
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Praxis Program

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ARCH B306 Monumental Painting
Fall 2019
The Mediterranean tradition of large-scale painting begins in prehistoric times and continues through Late Antiquity and beyond. Important examples survive on the walls of houses, tombs and other structures at sites in the Bronze Age Aegean, in Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic Anatolia, Macedonia, Magna Graecia, and Etruria, Rome and the famous sites of Pompeii and Hercul- aneum preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Technical, artistic, cultural and interpretive issues will be considered.
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B318 Cultural Property and Museums
Not offered 2019-20
This course examines cultural heritage and the concept of cultural property in relation to museums and collections. We will consider the development of national and international laws in the 20th and 21st centuries to protect cultural heritage, museum responsibilities, and case studies on topics including the looting of archaeological sites, the fate of art during war, nationalism and politics, restitution of art, and fakes and forgeries.
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B102 Introduction to Classical Archaeology
Spring 2020
A historical survey of the archaeology and art of Greece, Etruria, and Rome.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

Back to top

ARCH B125 Classical Myths in Art and in the Sky
Not offered 2019-20
This course explores Greek and Roman mythology using an archaeological and art historical approach, focusing on the ways in which the traditional tales of the gods and heroes were depicted, developed and transmitted in the visual arts such as vase painting and architectural sculpture, as well as projected into the natural environment.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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CHEM B208 Topics in Art Analysis
Not offered 2019-20
This is a topics course and topics will vary. All courses will cover a variety of methods of analysis of works of art centered around a specific theme. Using both completed case studies and their own analysis of objects in the Bryn Mawr College collection, students will investigate a number of instrumental methods of obtaining both quantitative and qualitative information about the manufacture, use and history of the objects.
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Museum Studies

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CHEM B310 Topics in Art Analysis
Not offered 2019-20
This is a topics course and topics will vary. All courses will cover a variety of methods of analysis of works of art centered around a specific theme. Using both completed case studies and their own analysis of objects in the Bryn Mawr College collection, students will investigate a number of instrumental methods of obtaining both quantitative and qualitative information about the manufacture, use and history of the objects.
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HIST B237 Themes in Modern African History
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Public History in Africa
Section 001 (Spring 2020): Public History in Africa
Spring 2020
This is a topics course. Course content varies
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B252 Pompeii
Spring 2020
Introduces students to a nearly intact archaeological site whose destruction by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 C.E. was recorded by contemporaries. The discovery of Pompeii in the mid-1700s had an enormous impact on 18th- and 19th-century views of the Roman past as well as styles and preferences of the modern era. Informs students in classical antiquity, urban life, city structure, residential architecture, home decoration and furnishing, wall painting, minor arts and craft and mercantile activities within a Roman city.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ITAL B308 Rome as Palimpsests: from Ruins to Virtual Reality
Not offered 2019-20
From the urban dream that Raphael confessed to pope Leo X in the middle of the Renaissance to the parkour on the top of the Colosseum in the Assassin's Creed videogames, Rome has always been both a memory and a vision: a place of nostalgia and endless potential. In this course we will investigate some crucial places, moments, and ideas in the modern history of this ancient capital of Western culture: XVI century Mannerist painting and the Pop Art of Piazza del Popolo, the early modern re-uses of the Colosseum and its cubic clone designed under fascism, the narrations of Romantic grand-tours and the ones of contemporary postcolonial authors. We will adopt a trans-historical and inter-disciplinary perspective, focusing on the main attempts to revive the glory of the ancient empire. We will try to understand weather Italy's capital is a museum to be preserved, an old laboratory of urban innovations, a cemetery, a sanctuary, or simply an amalgam of past and future, glory and misery, beauty and horror. For Italian majors you will have an additional hour for credit. Prerequisite: One two-hundred level course for students interested in taking the course towards Italian credits.
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Praxis Program

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ITAL B315 A Gendered History of the Avant-Garde
Spring 2020
The very concept of 'avant-garde' is steeped in a masculine warlike imagery, and the founding manifesto of Futurism even glorifies 'contempt for the woman'. Yet, feminine, queer, androgynous, and non-binary perspectives on sexual identity played a central role -- from Rimbaud to current experimentalism -- in the development of what has been called 'the tradition of the new'. In this seminar we will explore such a paradoxical anti-traditional tradition through texts, images, sounds, and videos, adopting a historical prospective from early 20th century movements to the Neo-Avant-Garde. We will unearth the stories and works of great experimentalists who have been neglected because of their gender. We will deal with poems made up entirely of place names, of recorded noises, of typographical symbols. Taking advantage of the college's collection and library, we will try to read texts with no words, surreal stories, performances, objects, and we will make our own avant-garde experiments. Course taught in English, no previous knowledge of Italian required.
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B102 Introduction to Classical Archaeology
Spring 2020
A historical survey of the archaeology and art of Greece, Etruria, and Rome.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

Back to top

ARCH B252 Pompeii
Spring 2020
Introduces students to a nearly intact archaeological site whose destruction by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 C.E. was recorded by contemporaries. The discovery of Pompeii in the mid-1700s had an enormous impact on 18th- and 19th-century views of the Roman past as well as styles and preferences of the modern era. Informs students in classical antiquity, urban life, city structure, residential architecture, home decoration and furnishing, wall painting, minor arts and craft and mercantile activities within a Roman city.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

Back to top

ARCH B306 Monumental Painting
Fall 2019
The Mediterranean tradition of large-scale painting begins in prehistoric times and continues through Late Antiquity and beyond. Important examples survive on the walls of houses, tombs and other structures at sites in the Bronze Age Aegean, in Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic Anatolia, Macedonia, Magna Graecia, and Etruria, Rome and the famous sites of Pompeii and Hercul- aneum preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Technical, artistic, cultural and interpretive issues will be considered.
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B274 History of Chinese Art
Spring 2020
This course is a survey of the arts of China from Neolithic to the contemporary period, focusing on bronze vessels of the Shang and Zhou dynasties, the Chinese appropriation of Buddhist art, and the evolution of landscape and figure painting traditions.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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FREN B105 Directions de la France contemporaine
Spring 2020
An examination of contemporary society in France and Francophone cultures as portrayed in recent documents and film. Emphasizing the tension in contemporary French-speaking societies between tradition and change, the course focuses on subjects such as family structures and the changing role of women, cultural and linguistic identity, an increasingly multiracial society, the individual and institutions (religious, political, educational), and "les loisirs". In addition to the basic text and review of grammar, readings are chosen from newspapers, contemporary literary texts and magazines, complemented by video materials. Prerequisite: FREN 005 or 101.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Visual Studies

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ARCH B102 Introduction to Classical Archaeology
Spring 2020
A historical survey of the archaeology and art of Greece, Etruria, and Rome.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

Back to top

ARCH B125 Classical Myths in Art and in the Sky
Not offered 2019-20
This course explores Greek and Roman mythology using an archaeological and art historical approach, focusing on the ways in which the traditional tales of the gods and heroes were depicted, developed and transmitted in the visual arts such as vase painting and architectural sculpture, as well as projected into the natural environment.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

Back to top

CHEM B208 Topics in Art Analysis
Not offered 2019-20
This is a topics course and topics will vary. All courses will cover a variety of methods of analysis of works of art centered around a specific theme. Using both completed case studies and their own analysis of objects in the Bryn Mawr College collection, students will investigate a number of instrumental methods of obtaining both quantitative and qualitative information about the manufacture, use and history of the objects.
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

Back to top

HART B218 Byzantine Textiles in Life and Death
Not offered 2019-20
This course explores the manifold uses and meanings of textiles in early Byzantine visual and material culture as well as their afterlife as objects of collection and display in the modern era. Students will undertake original research on early Byzantine textiles from the collection of Philadelphia University. Assignments will develop skills in museological writing, including documentation for collection databases and object exhibitions. Prerequisites: Previous coursework in History of Art, Archaeology, Museum Studies, or History is recommended, but not required.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

Back to top

ARCH B219 Art and Archaeology of Late Antiquity
Not offered 2019-20
This class examines the art and archaeology of the late-antique Mediterranean, tracing various iterations of artistic and architectural experimentation as well as socio-political expression from the Late Roman world of the Tetrarchs (3rd century CE) to the first Islamic Dynasty, the Umayyads (7th century CE). We will explore how the vitality of classical styles and pagan beliefs mixed with the creative energies of other "indigenous" traditions - Egyptian, Arabic, Jewish, Gallic, etc., as well as those of the new church, so as to better understand the cultural plurality and vigor of this period formally considered a "Dark Age."
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B226 Perspectives on African Art
Not offered 2019-20
This course is an exploration of a selected range of art that represent the role and place of art in Africa and demonstrate the changes in artwork over time. The course begins with an examination of what defines the art of Africa, and proceeds to seek an understanding of its philosophical underpinnings and aesthetics. It then conducts a cultural as well as an historical exploration of selected art traditions on the continent. The course will emphasize the diversity of African aesthetics as well as highlight the similarities and differences between African people within and across various artistic practices in secular and non-secular settings.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

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HART B248 Topics in Museum Studies
Section 001 (Fall 2019): Peruvian Textiles
Fall 2019
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This course introduces students to museum methods for the conservation and care of Peruvian textiles. The course looks to the variety and singularity of textile art in Peru and looks at the intersection of textile design and structure. The course also considers Peruvian textiles as historical documents which provide the basis for understanding the construction of iconography in ancient cultures. The course will also provide theoretical foundations and formal methodology for understanding the conservation of Peruvian textiles. Objects from Bryn Mawr Special Collections will be integrated into the course for research and analysis.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B252 Pompeii
Spring 2020
Introduces students to a nearly intact archaeological site whose destruction by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 C.E. was recorded by contemporaries. The discovery of Pompeii in the mid-1700s had an enormous impact on 18th- and 19th-century views of the Roman past as well as styles and preferences of the modern era. Informs students in classical antiquity, urban life, city structure, residential architecture, home decoration and furnishing, wall painting, minor arts and craft and mercantile activities within a Roman city.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

Back to top

HART B274 History of Chinese Art
Spring 2020
This course is a survey of the arts of China from Neolithic to the contemporary period, focusing on bronze vessels of the Shang and Zhou dynasties, the Chinese appropriation of Buddhist art, and the evolution of landscape and figure painting traditions.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B279 Exhibiting Africa: Art, Artifact and New Articulations
Spring 2020
At the turn of the 20th century, the Victorian natural history museum played an important role in constructing and disseminating images of Africa to the Western public. The history of museum representations of Africa and Africans reveals that exhibitions--both museum exhibitions and "living" World's Fair exhibitions-- has long been deeply embedded in politics, including the persistent "othering" of African people as savages or primitives. While paying attention to stereotypical exhibition tropes about Africa, we will also consider how art museums are creating new constructions of Africa and how contemporary curators and conceptual artists are creating complex, challenging new ways of understanding African identities.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Visual Studies

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HART B281 Museum Studies: History, Theory, Practice
Fall 2019
Using the museums of Philadelphia as field sites, this course provides an introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of museum studies and the important synergies between theory and practice. Students will learn: the history of museums as institutions of recreation, education and leisure; how the museum itself became a symbol of power, prestige and sometimes alienation; debates around the ethics and politics of collecting objects of art, culture and nature; and the qualities that make an exhibition effective (or not). By visiting exhibitions and meeting with a range of museum professionals in art, anthropology and science museums, this course offers a critical perspective on the inner workings of the museum as well as insights into the "new museology."
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Visual Studies

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HART B300 The Curator in the Museum
Spring 2020
This course provides an introduction to theoretical and practical aspects of museums and to the links between practice and theory that are the defining characteristic of the museum curator's work today. The challenges and opportunities confronting curators and their colleagues, peers, audiences, and constituents will be addressed through readings, discussions, guest presentations, writings, and individual and group projects.
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B301 Topics in Exhibition Strategies
Section 001 (Spring 2019): ExhibitingByzantine Textiles
Not offered 2019-20
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

Back to top

ARCH B306 Monumental Painting
Fall 2019
The Mediterranean tradition of large-scale painting begins in prehistoric times and continues through Late Antiquity and beyond. Important examples survive on the walls of houses, tombs and other structures at sites in the Bronze Age Aegean, in Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic Anatolia, Macedonia, Magna Graecia, and Etruria, Rome and the famous sites of Pompeii and Hercul- aneum preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Technical, artistic, cultural and interpretive issues will be considered.
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

Back to top

ITAL B308 Rome as Palimpsests: from Ruins to Virtual Reality
Not offered 2019-20
From the urban dream that Raphael confessed to pope Leo X in the middle of the Renaissance to the parkour on the top of the Colosseum in the Assassin's Creed videogames, Rome has always been both a memory and a vision: a place of nostalgia and endless potential. In this course we will investigate some crucial places, moments, and ideas in the modern history of this ancient capital of Western culture: XVI century Mannerist painting and the Pop Art of Piazza del Popolo, the early modern re-uses of the Colosseum and its cubic clone designed under fascism, the narrations of Romantic grand-tours and the ones of contemporary postcolonial authors. We will adopt a trans-historical and inter-disciplinary perspective, focusing on the main attempts to revive the glory of the ancient empire. We will try to understand weather Italy's capital is a museum to be preserved, an old laboratory of urban innovations, a cemetery, a sanctuary, or simply an amalgam of past and future, glory and misery, beauty and horror. For Italian majors you will have an additional hour for credit. Prerequisite: One two-hundred level course for students interested in taking the course towards Italian credits.
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Praxis Program

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ITAL B315 A Gendered History of the Avant-Garde
Spring 2020
The very concept of 'avant-garde' is steeped in a masculine warlike imagery, and the founding manifesto of Futurism even glorifies 'contempt for the woman'. Yet, feminine, queer, androgynous, and non-binary perspectives on sexual identity played a central role -- from Rimbaud to current experimentalism -- in the development of what has been called 'the tradition of the new'. In this seminar we will explore such a paradoxical anti-traditional tradition through texts, images, sounds, and videos, adopting a historical prospective from early 20th century movements to the Neo-Avant-Garde. We will unearth the stories and works of great experimentalists who have been neglected because of their gender. We will deal with poems made up entirely of place names, of recorded noises, of typographical symbols. Taking advantage of the college's collection and library, we will try to read texts with no words, surreal stories, performances, objects, and we will make our own avant-garde experiments. Course taught in English, no previous knowledge of Italian required.
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B316 Museum Studies Fieldwork Seminar
Spring 2020
This course provides students a forum in which to ground, frame and discuss their hands-on work in museums, galleries, archives or collections. Whether students have arranged an internship at a local institution or want to pursue one in the Bryn Mawr College Collections, this course will provide a framework for these endeavors, coupling praxis with theory supported by readings from the discipline of Museum Studies. The course will culminate in a final poster presentation, an opportunity to reflect critically on the internship experience. Prior to taking the course, students will develop a Praxis Learning Plan through the LILAC office. All students will share a set syllabus, common learning objectives and readings, but will also be able to tailor those objectives to the specific museum setting or Special Collections project in which they are involved.
Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

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HART B318 Cultural Property and Museums
Not offered 2019-20
This course examines cultural heritage and the concept of cultural property in relation to museums and collections. We will consider the development of national and international laws in the 20th and 21st centuries to protect cultural heritage, museum responsibilities, and case studies on topics including the looting of archaeological sites, the fate of art during war, nationalism and politics, restitution of art, and fakes and forgeries.
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B325 Care and Conservation of Contemporary Art
Not offered 2019-20
This course explores the ethics, principles, analysis and materials used in art conservation. Case studies, guest lectures, and museum visits will then introduce the unique problems involved in preserving, conserving and exhibiting contemporary art. There will be some hands on/lab component activities. Prerequisites: At least one previous HART course at Bryn Mawr College. Understanding of basic chemistry helpful.
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B345 Topics in Material Culture
Section 001 (Spring 2019): Ornament
Spring 2020
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This seminar examines the ways in which materiality constructs our understanding of South Asian art through particular bodily and sensorial engagements, performance practices, social and spatial relations. How do specific tangible dimensions acquire value in the encounters of an object with its communities of producers and users, while others are muted, elided, or complicated? At the same time, the physical properties of things can mediate between subject and object. And substance or stuff can materialize the abstract and the ineffable. To investigate such issues, we will explore a range of practices from worship in temples and festival celebrations, to the staging of kingship at court, everyday interactions in domestic interiors, and exhibition displays in museums. Prerequisite: one 200-level History of Art course.

Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B373 Contemporary Art in Exhibition: Museums and Beyond
Not offered 2019-20
How does the collection and display of artwork create meanings beyond the individual art object? In recent decades, enormous shifts have occurred in exhibition design as artwork projected from the walls of the museum, moved outdoors to the space of the street, and eventually went online. We will study an array of contemporary exhibition practices and sites in their social and historical contexts, including the temporary exhibition, "the white cube," the "black box," museum installations, international biennials, and websites. During the seminar, we will examine how issues such as patronage, avant-gardism, globalization, and identity politics have progressively brought museums and other exhibition spaces into question.
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B374 Topics: Exhibition Seminar
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Early and Modern Temperaments
Not offered 2019-20
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Students will gain practical experience in the production of an exhibition: conceiving a curatorial approach, articulating themes, writing didactics, researching a checklist, designing gallery layout, producing print and web materials, developing programs, and marketing the exhibit. Prerequisite: At least one previous HART course at Bryn Mawr College.
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B218 Byzantine Textiles in Life and Death
Not offered 2019-20
This course explores the manifold uses and meanings of textiles in early Byzantine visual and material culture as well as their afterlife as objects of collection and display in the modern era. Students will undertake original research on early Byzantine textiles from the collection of Philadelphia University. Assignments will develop skills in museological writing, including documentation for collection databases and object exhibitions. Prerequisites: Previous coursework in History of Art, Archaeology, Museum Studies, or History is recommended, but not required.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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HIST B237 Themes in Modern African History
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Public History in Africa
Section 001 (Spring 2020): Public History in Africa
Spring 2020
This is a topics course. Course content varies
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HIST B245 Topics in Modern US History
Section 001 (Spring 2019): Public History
Not offered 2019-20
This is a topics course addressing public history in the U.S.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

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HIST B274 Focus: Topics in Modern US History
Section 001 (Spring 2020): Leisure and Society: Tourism & Class
Section 002 (Spring 2020): Leisure and Society: Baseball & Class
Spring 2020
This is a topics course in 20th century America social history. Topics vary by half semester
Current topic description: This course looks at the history of American tourism and the role it shapes in defining who we are as a people.
Current topic description: Operating from the assumption that what Americans do in their leisure time helps us understand much about how we define ourselves and how we understand our role in society, this course looks at the role of baseball as both a reflector and mediator of social class in the United States. We will focus in particular on the historical role baseball has played in both highlighting as well as papering over social difference based in class and race.

Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

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HIST B349 Topics in Comparative History
Spring 2020
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Current topic description: Individual research projects in archival and other sources pursued collaboratively in both digital and conventional formats.

Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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PSYC B231 Health Psychology
Fall 2019
This course will provide an overview of the field of health psychology using lecture, exams, videos, assignments, and an article critique. We will examine the current definition of health psychology, as well as the theories and research behind many areas in health psychology (both historical and contemporary). The course will focus on specific health and social psychological theories, empirical research, and applying the theory and research to real world situations. Prerequisite: Introductory Psychology (PSYC B105) or Foundations of Psychology (PSYC H100)
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Counts toward Health Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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HIST B237 Themes in Modern African History
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Public History in Africa
Section 001 (Spring 2020): Public History in Africa
Spring 2020
This is a topics course. Course content varies
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ITAL B308 Rome as Palimpsests: from Ruins to Virtual Reality
Not offered 2019-20
From the urban dream that Raphael confessed to pope Leo X in the middle of the Renaissance to the parkour on the top of the Colosseum in the Assassin's Creed videogames, Rome has always been both a memory and a vision: a place of nostalgia and endless potential. In this course we will investigate some crucial places, moments, and ideas in the modern history of this ancient capital of Western culture: XVI century Mannerist painting and the Pop Art of Piazza del Popolo, the early modern re-uses of the Colosseum and its cubic clone designed under fascism, the narrations of Romantic grand-tours and the ones of contemporary postcolonial authors. We will adopt a trans-historical and inter-disciplinary perspective, focusing on the main attempts to revive the glory of the ancient empire. We will try to understand weather Italy's capital is a museum to be preserved, an old laboratory of urban innovations, a cemetery, a sanctuary, or simply an amalgam of past and future, glory and misery, beauty and horror. For Italian majors you will have an additional hour for credit. Prerequisite: One two-hundred level course for students interested in taking the course towards Italian credits.
Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

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ITAL B315 A Gendered History of the Avant-Garde
Spring 2020
The very concept of 'avant-garde' is steeped in a masculine warlike imagery, and the founding manifesto of Futurism even glorifies 'contempt for the woman'. Yet, feminine, queer, androgynous, and non-binary perspectives on sexual identity played a central role -- from Rimbaud to current experimentalism -- in the development of what has been called 'the tradition of the new'. In this seminar we will explore such a paradoxical anti-traditional tradition through texts, images, sounds, and videos, adopting a historical prospective from early 20th century movements to the Neo-Avant-Garde. We will unearth the stories and works of great experimentalists who have been neglected because of their gender. We will deal with poems made up entirely of place names, of recorded noises, of typographical symbols. Taking advantage of the college's collection and library, we will try to read texts with no words, surreal stories, performances, objects, and we will make our own avant-garde experiments. Course taught in English, no previous knowledge of Italian required.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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PSYC B231 Health Psychology
Fall 2019
This course will provide an overview of the field of health psychology using lecture, exams, videos, assignments, and an article critique. We will examine the current definition of health psychology, as well as the theories and research behind many areas in health psychology (both historical and contemporary). The course will focus on specific health and social psychological theories, empirical research, and applying the theory and research to real world situations. Prerequisite: Introductory Psychology (PSYC B105) or Foundations of Psychology (PSYC H100)
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Health Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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SPAN B312 Latin American and Latino Art and the Question of the Masses
Not offered 2019-20
The course examines the ways in which Latin American and Latino texts (paintings, murals, sculptures, and some narratives) construct "minor," "featureless" and "anonymous" characters, thus demarcating how and which members of society can and cannot advance a plot, act independently and/or be agents of change. By focusing the attention on what is de-emphasized, we will explore how artistic works, through their form, are themselves political actors in the social life of Latin America, the US, and beyond. We will also consider the place of Latin American and Latino Art in the US imaginary and in institutions such as museums and galleries. Prerequisites: Course is taught in English and is open to all juniors or seniors who have taken at least one 200-level course in a literature department. Students seeking Spanish credit must have taken BMC Spanish 120 and at least one other Spanish course at a 200-level, or received permission from instructor. Course does not meet an Approach. Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies. Counts toward Museum Studies.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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