ARTH 6720

ARTH 6720

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2018-2019.

During Europe's colonial era, the modern museum emerged as a site of cultural and scientific authority. This course investigates the history of imperial collections and collectors, with a focus on Britain and the East India Company in the nineteenth century. Examples of topics include: the "supply chain" for artifacts and knowledge resources; changing conceptions of intellectual property, ownership and access; household versus public versus for-profit collections; museums and the narration of social values and cultural identities; debates over the function or aims of museums and related institutions; the collections and the administration of the empire; the collections and the growth of the sciences; the postcolonial legacies of colonial collections.

When Offered Spring.

Permission Note Enrollment limited to: 15 students. Not open to: undergraduates.

Comments Co-meets with ARTH 4720/BSOC 4634/HIST 4634/SHUM 4634/STS 4634. 

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Syllabi: none
  • 16519 ARTH 6720   SEM 101