Special Studies Courses
Courses that are part of the Reading Course series (FAH 3000 number) require approval of both an instructor and the Director of Graduate Studies. Please submit an ADD form to the Graduate Assistant.
Any changes in course work for the year following the original enrolment must be within the add/drop deadlines as indicated in the School of Graduate Studies Calendar. If any changes are made after the drop date deadline the ADD/DROP form must be submitted to the department for signature and will then be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies for approval. Failure to make changes to your program within the allowed time limit may result in an “INC” (incomplete) on your transcript. If you have any questions regarding deadlines please do not hesitate to confirm these dates with the administrative staff.
Fall 2020 (September to December)
|9:00 am||MACS1000Y||FAH1411H (Cheetham)||FAH1229H (Anderson)|
|10:00 am||FAH1207H (Purtle)||
FAH1463H (Kavaler & Bear)
|11:00 am||FAH1207H (Purtle)||
FAH1463H (Kavaler & Bear)
|12:00 pm||FAH1207H (Purtle)||
|FAH1463H (Kavaler & Bear)|
|1:00 pm||FAH1221H (Sohm)|
|2:00 pm||FAH1221H (Sohm)||FAH1001H (Bear)||FAH1177H (Mostafa)|
|3:00 pm||FAH1221H (Sohm)||FAH1001H (Bear)||FAH1177H (Mostafa)|
|4:00 pm||FAH1001H (Bear)||FAH1177H (Mostafa)|
- FAH1001H Methods – J. Bear – Tuesdays 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
- FAH1177H Architecture of the Umayyads – H. Mostafa (Medieval) – Thursdays 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
- FAH1207H Formalism and It's Objects– J. Purtle (Early Modern) – Mondays 10:00 am–1:00 pm
- FAH1221H Inside the Painters Studio – P. Sohm (Early Modern) – Mondays 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
- FAH1229H Architecture of the Global Renaissance – C. Anderson (Modern/Contemporary) – Thursday 9:00 am–12:00 pm
- FAH1411H Art & Analogy – M. Cheetham (Modern/Contemporary) – Wednesdays 9:00 am–12:00 pm
- FAH1457H Vernacular Photography – D. Dewan (Modern/Contemporary) – Tuesdays 10:00 am–1:00 pm
- FAH1463H Realism – J. Bear & M. Kavaler (Modern/Contemporary) – Wednesdays 10:00 am–1:00 pm
- MACS1000Y Methods in Mediterranean Archeology – Tuesdays 9:00 am–12:00 pm
Winter 2021 (January to April)
|FAH1123H (Cohen)||FAH1757H (Jain)|
FAH1205H (Levy)/ MACS1000Y
|FAH1123H (Cohen)||FAH1757H (Jain)|
|12:00 pm||FAH1123H (Cohen)||FAH1757H (Jain)|
|1:00 pm||FAH1960H (Migwans)|
|2:00 pm||FAH1960H (Migwans)||FAH1224H (Periti)||FAH1922H (Harney)|
|3:00 pm||FAH1960H (Migwans)||FAH1224H (Periti)||FAH2034H (Ewald)||FAH1922H (Harney)|
|4:00 pm||FAH1224H (Periti)||FAH2034H (Ewald)||FAH1922H (Harney)||
|5:00 pm||FAH2034H (Ewald)||
- FAH1123H Art of the Medieval Book– A. Cohen (Medieval) – Wednesday 10:00 am–1:00 pm
- FAH1205H Early Modern Intermediality – E. Levy (Early Modern) – Tuesdays 9:00 am–12:00 pm
- FAH1224H Renaissance in Miniature – G. Periti (Early Modern) – Tuesdays 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
- FAH1757H Animal Images – K. Jaine (Modern/Contemporary) – Thursdays 10:00 am–1:00 pm
- FAH1922H Contemporary Art & Ethnography – E. Harney (Modern/Contemporary) – Thursdays 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
- FAH1960H Indigenous Art, Land, and Material Relations in the Great Lakes – C. Migwans (Modern/Contemporary) – Mondays 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
- FAH2034H Roman Imperial Art – B. Ewald (Ancient) – Wednesdays 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
- MACS1000Y Methods in Mediterranean Archeology – Tuesdays 9:00 am–12:00 pm
(FAH1123H) Art of the Medieval Book – A. Cohen (Medieval)
(FAH1001H) Methods – J. Bear
A close reading of the major texts related to the theory and practice of art history and its related disciplines. Required for all incoming PhD students, unless students receive permission for previous course from the Director of Graduate Studies.
(FAH1177H) Architecture of the Umayyads – H. Mostafa (Medieval)
The Umayyads present a unique opportunity for the study of Medieval Mediterranean architectural history. As religious and political leaders, Umayyad caliphs and their patronage manifest a rootedness in late antiquity that challenges notions of Islamic art as “other.” By considering key Umayyad monuments, cities and material culture we will problematize binaries of east vs. west, sacred vs. secular and center vs. periphery to reveal what makes the Umayyads empire builders of the first order. Contextualized through ceremonial, pilgrimage, trade, praxis and governance, the built environment operates as a vehicle to access deeper and more nuanced understandings of Islamic history.
(FAH1205H) Early Modern Intermediality – E. Levy (Early Modern)
With the material turn, art historians have been engaged in imaginative explorations of the uses and meanings of materials in early modern art and visual culture. This course focuses on crossings from one medium to another (intermediality or intermateriality) whether through conscious imitation (material mimesis) or translation. We will look at explicit statements of medium-specificity in treatises; the situating of drawing as the unifying art; border crossings in the well-known art theoretical debate of the 16th century, the paragone; anxiety about deception (terracotta that feigns stone, stucco that imitates gold). A principal preoccupation will be with the intermedial effects of the introduction of printed images. For while intermediality is as old as art itself, there is an intensification with the introduction of print, when all media became graphic, only to be remedialized again. The chronological span is 15th–18th centuries and the geographic reach is global, with a particular focus on Europe and Latin America (where print was translated into painting and architecture often and in unexpected ways). We will spend time on signal works of intermediality (Roger van der Weyden, Rubens, Gianlorenzo Bernini) as well as many anonymous works, especially in the Americas (16th–18th centuries). This course is historiographically-oriented, tracking the reception of these historical artefacts alongside the modern call for truth-to-materials and the post-war call for medium-specificity in abstract art. A goal of the course is to develop a lexicon of terms specific to intermediality (pictorialization, linearization, resurfacing, flattening, modelling, etc.).
(FAH1207H) Formalism and It’s Objects – J. Purtle (Modern & Contemporary)
This seminar, to be co-taught by Kenneth Brummel, Associate Curator of Modern Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) seeks to problematize the discourse and practice of formalism – i.e., critical approaches to the study of visible and material features of an art object – in the discipline of art history. Weekly seminars will alternate between the gallery spaces of the AGO, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), and other local collections, in order to facilitate the kind of first-hand looking at objects practiced by true formalists. First-hand engagement with objects will be combined with the reading of various methodological, historiographical, and theoretical texts, including those by the British art critic Roger Fry (1866-1934), who wrote extensively about both Chinese ceramics and modern art, and Henri Focillon (1881-1943), the French formalist who was also a Director of the Musée de Beaux Arts de Lyon. By developing critical, analytical, and object-focused skills, this seminar has three goals: to problematize the division between the fine and decorative arts; to consider the possibilities and limitations of established methods of formalism that have been resurgent with the rise of “Global Art History;” and, to suggest the importance of formalism in an era of methodological experimentation that at times eclipses the object. Ultimately, this seminar will equip students with tools for thinking through and making sustained art-historical arguments about diverse types of objects that are both methodologically rigorous and materially grounded
(FAH1221H) Inside the Painter's Studio – P. Sohm (Early Modern)
(FAH1224H) Renaissance in Miniature – G. Periti (Early Modern)
The development of Renaissance art has often been traced on the basis of large scale works, including grandiose palaces, monumental chapels, colossal sculptures, imposing frescoes and massive tapestries. Small format works, however, constitute an area of artistic performance that deserves further scrutiny and critical attention. This seminar explores miniaturization in several media works produced ca.1400-1600. We will be looking at a corpus of small-size works that provide some of the most compelling responses to questions of scale, crafting, performativity and portability.
Readings include chapters by Mack, Payne, Lévi-Strauss, and Bredekamp, among others.
There will be visits to local museums.
(FAH1229H) Architecture of the Global Renaissance – C. Anderson (Early Modern/Architecture)
Renaissance architecture is no longer understood as simply an Italian or even a European phenomenon. This course looks at the architectural interactions between regions as the result of trade, war, pilgrimage and diplomacy. Students will study architectural exchange between Europe and South Asia, the eastern Mediterranean, and Africa in order to understand how the conditions of a global economy shaped the development of architecture in the early modern era.
(FAH1411H) Art and Analogy – M. Cheetham (Modern/Contemporary)
(FAH1457) Vernacular Photography – D. Dewan (Modern/Contemporary)
This course will introduce students to key texts from the 2000s onwards associated with what has been described as the “vernacular turn” in the history of photography. The focus of much of the class will be the category of ‘family photography’ with some discussion and comparison with other genres within the vernacular framework. Throughout, we will return to the question ‘what is a vernacular photograph?’ and will use case studies from the ROM’s South Asian and Family Camera photo collections, alongside visits to other GTA collections. The class will examine photo history from its beginnings in 1839 to the present day, including studio and amateur photography, as well as work by contemporary artists. It will allow students to examine the social, economic, and cultural practices that produce vernacular photography, while trying to understand it aesthetic and discursive dimensions.
(FAH1463H) Realisms – M. Kavaler & J. Bear (Medieval/Early Modern/Modern)
(FAH1757H) Animal Images – K. Jain (Modern/Contemporary)
Both art practice and scholarship in the humanities over the past two decades have been described as taking an “animal turn,” influenced by posthumanism and a resurgence of ecological thinking. This conceptual and thematic seminar explores the unfolding of this turn in art history, examining key texts and trends in relation to images across a range of geographical areas and periods. It aims to provincialize the terms of debate in this area by opening it up to a diverse set of image traditions related obliquely, if at all, to Western narratives of humanism and posthumanism. In doing so it illuminates a range of approaches not only to imaging animals, but also to the animation of the image.
(FAH1922H) Contemporary Art and Ethnography: Renewed Exchanges – E. Harney (Modern/Contemporary)
With the rise of various models of “global” art history and the proliferation of biennale culture, the complicated relationships between the practice and theory of art and ethnography seem newly relevant. Contemporary artists and curators, working across global histories refer to methods of “field research/work/site” and engage with the participatory and performative aspects of art making. Some of the questions we will consider: What does it mean to curate as a form of ethnographic practice? How have these disciplines addressed the complexities of material cultures, the agency of objects, and indigenous and local ways of knowing? How do we understand tropes of “crisis” and calls for “reflexivity” in both these arenas of study, in the wake of renewed concerns about cultural appropriation and calls for decolonization and cultural restitution? Finally, what kinds of imaginative or speculative fictions have been articulated through both ethnographic and archival research by contemporary artists and researchers? The work of ethnographers, art historians and artists has drawn repeatedly on tropes of travel, discovery, hybridity, cultural proximity and distancing. How might we usefully draw these common threads into productive conversations to clear space for more radical ways of doing art history?
(FAH1960H) Indigenous Art, Land, and Material Relations in the Great Lakes – C. MIgwans (Modern/Contemporary)
This course introduces methodologies for the study of Indigenous customary arts (both historical and contemporary), taking as our point of departure the materials and practice of these arts from a maker's perspective, and the land- and trade-based relations they enact. We will focus locally on Great Lakes arts by Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee artists, with an eye to wider movements and connections. Beads, black ash, porcupine quills, clay, copper and more will be explored through theorizations of place, process, sovereignty, and relationality, as well as through artist talks and hands-on engagement in exploratory workshops.
Only one full-course equivalent with these prefixes are permitted in any one degree program. To enrol in a reading course, please contact the Graduate Assistant for details.
(FAH3011H) Readings in Ancient Art
(FAH3012H) Readings in Medieval Art
(FAH3013H) Readings in Early Modern Art
(FAH3014H) Readings in Modern/Contemporary Art
Please visit the participating degree programs’ pages for course listing and timetable.
Only one full-course equivalent of courses outside the department are permitted in any one degree program. To enrol in courses outside the department, please obtain approval from the course instructor and forward the email with the approval and the SGS Add/Drop Course(s) form to the Graduate Assistant.
Please note that these courses do not count towards the seminar work required for the doctorate.
(FSL6000H) Reading French Course for Graduate Students
Open to Masters and PhD graduate students who need to fulfill their graduate language requirement. On a case by case basis, students with prior language qualifications can access the exam-only option (still with course registration) after prior screening by the home department in support of the exam-only option. A grade of Credit/NonCredit (70% is the minimum grade for CR) will be entered on their transcripts. Students are not permitted to audit this course. This course is designed to develop students' reading skills particularly as they pertain to research interests. Some remedial grammar, but the primary emphasis is on comprehension of a wide variety of texts in French. Please visit the Department of French for more information.
(GER6000H) Reading German for Graduate Students
In this course German reading knowledge is taught following the grammar-translation method designed for graduate students from the Humanities. It is an intensive course that covers German grammar with focus on acquiring essential structures of the German language to develop translation skills. The course is conducted in English, and consequently participants do not learn how to speak or write in German, but rather the course focuses exclusively on reading and translating German. Prior knowledge of German not mandatory. By the end of the course, students should be able to handle a broad variety of texts in single modern Standard German. Please visit the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures for more information.
Undergraduate Language Courses
Graduate students may enrol in any undergraduate language course at no additional cost. A grade of Credit/NonCredit (70% is the minimum grade for CR) will be entered on their transcripts. Please consult the undergraduate timetable for course listing and description.