Faculty of Arts & Science

Special Topics Courses

The Department of Art History offers several special courses. Special topics courses are developed to cover emerging issues or specialized content not represented in the main curriculum. Not all courses are offered each semester—see the Arts & Science timetable for availability.

Summer 2022

Time/Format: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 13:00–15:00

Instructor(s): Adam Lauder

This course surveys the long history and politics of digital and immersive media arts, from the 1960s to the present. Students are introduced to the artists and curators who have defined this field of practice as well as key thinkers and theories that have inspired their innovative uses of new technologies. Beginning with an overview of foundational exhibitions including Cybernetic Serendipity (1968) and Software (1970), and the cybernetic theories and Cold War politics reflected by the (proto-)digital artworks that they showcased, the course will track subsequent developments to the present day via critical explorations of race, gender, and Indigeneity negotiated by the work of artists Sondra Perry and Cheryl L'Hirondelle, among others.