Graduate

HAVC 201A Introduction to Visual Studies and Critical Theory

Introduces the visual studies discipline, providing students with an overview of the field's development, its primary texts, and its issues of central concern. Features intensive readings and student-led discussions.(Formerly course 201, Introduction to Visual Studies.)

Credits

5

Instructor

Boreth Lu

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Fall

HAVC 202 Introduction to Visual Studies Methods

Examines research methods and approaches in a variety of materials, cultures, periods, and subjects that are relevant in the discipline of visual studies. Discussions focus on research and readings by history of art and visual culture faculty who share practices, experiences, and advice.

Credits

5

Instructor

Kyle Parry

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Winter

HAVC 204 Grant Writing

Devoted entirely to writing grant proposals. Students work on grants for educational support, their doctoral dissertation grants, or both.

Credits

5

Instructor

Elisabeth Cameron

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to visual studies graduate students or by permission of the instructor.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall

HAVC 205 Grant Writing in Visual Studies

Devoted to grant-writing. Students work on composing and peer-reviewing research proposals, personal statements, bibliographies, CVs, and writing samples. Readings include literature on grant-writing and scholarly writing in the humanities.

Credits

3

Instructor

Maria Evangelatou, Boreth Ly

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to visual studies students or by permission of the instructor.

HAVC 212 Yoruba Visualities and Aesthetics

Yoruba conceptions of visuality are explored and compared to seeing through Western eyes. Critical reading focuses on Western and Yoruba scholars' work on visualities and complementary theoretical writings on Yoruba aesthetics and philosophy.

Credits

5

Instructor

Elisabeth Cameron

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HAVC 213 Theories and Visual Cultures of Iconoclasm

Examines theories that attempt to explain iconoclasm, the willful destruction of religious or political objects, by applying the theory (including theories of cultural heritage) to various case studies. The universal aspect of iconoclasm and the differences in understanding and practice are explored.

Credits

5

Instructor

Elisabeth Cameron

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HAVC 220 Topics in Asian Visual Studies

Examines selected and changing topics in the visual studies of Asia. The specific topic varies with each offering to keep up with recent directions in scholarship.

Credits

5

Instructor

Boreth Ly

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Spring

HAVC 222 The Image of Arhat in China

Indian Buddhist sage-monks (arhats) are portrayed in China in ways that represent a remarkable variety of visual/historical/practice traditions. This seminar examines these depictions and explores the ranges of means and functions attached to this theme.

Credits

5

Instructor

Raoul Birnbaum

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HAVC 224 Engaged Buddhism and Visual Culture

Begins with an analysis of photography and films capturing the Gandhian and Dalit movement in India. Students then read key Buddhist texts on engaged Buddhism, and look at the rise of engaged Buddhism in Southeast Asia in the 1960s and how it impacted modern and contemporary art in Southeast Asia and its diaspora.

Credits

5

Instructor

Boreth Ly

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HAVC 232 The Monument Since 1750 in Relation to Nationhood and the Experience of War

Investigates modern monuments (1750 to present) and the creation or maintenance of a nation, especially in terms of war and its immediate aftermath. Destruction or alteration of monuments and production of anti- or counter-monuments are also examined.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HAVC 233 Topics in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture

Examines selected and changing topics in the contemporary art and visual culture. The specific topic varies with each offering to keep up with recent directions in scholarship.

Credits

5

Instructor

Derek Murray

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

HAVC 235 Photography and History

Investigates the complex relationship between photography and history. Considers the evolving perceptions of photography's capacity to capture reality, the discursive means by which photographic truths are produced, and the utility of photographs as primary evidence.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HAVC 236 Contemporary Art and Theories of Democracy

Interdisciplinary approach to the study of democratic political theory of the last two decades and its relation to contemporary art practice with an emphasis on activist art, public art, and theories of speech and performance.

Credits

5

Instructor

Jennifer Gonzalez

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HAVC 240 Seeing Race

Investigates how discursive systems racialized the sight of various racial and ethnic groups in 19th- and 20th-century U.S. society. Focuses on the construction and maintenance of racial values systems and on the historically specific ways in which an eclectic assortment of visual artifacts have been read by groups over time. Considers the visual and material implications of race-based sight.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HAVC 241 Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and Ecology

Considers how visual culture intersects with environment. Considers how, in the age of neoliberal globalization, documentary and neo-conceptual practices confront the biopolitics of climate change; the financialization and rights of nature; climate refugees; and indigenous ecologies.

Credits

5

Instructor

T.J. Demos

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HAVC 242 Radical Futurisms

Examines and compares radical futurisms-Indigenous, Afro, Chicanx/Latinx,multispecies, Postcapitalist-and situates them in relation to experimental visual cultural,media, and aesthetic practices, asking critical and creative speculative questions about what comes after end-of-world narratives.

Credits

5

Instructor

T.J. Demos

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HAVC 243 Alternative Architecture

Focuses on what is commonly left out of architectural history: the ephemeral, informal, illegal, and uncertain. Topics include: anonymous and collective architecture; temporary interventions; everyday urbanism; and vestigial urban spaces. These topics are understood through theories of space as socially produced (Henri Lefebvre, Michel de Certeau, among others), and through cultural movements and manifestoes (Situationist International, Aesthetics of Hunger, etc.)

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HAVC 244 Reinventing ''Reinventing Nature:'' Visual Culture and Environmentalism, circa 1995

Departing from an interdisciplinary seminar held at the UC Humanities Research Institute in 1994 entitled "Reinventing Nature," course engages discourses around ecology, technology, environmental politics, and visual representation that emerged in the 1990s through debates about the idea of nature.

Credits

5

Instructor

Albert Narath

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Winter

HAVC 245 Race and Representation

Explores how human subjects come to be visually defined and marked by race discourse. Covers diverse theoretical literatures on the topic, primarily in visual studies, but also in cultural studies, post-colonial studies, and psychoanalysis.

Credits

5

Cross Listed Courses

HISC 245, FMST 245

Instructor

Jennifer Gonzalez

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HAVC 249 How to Do Things with Pictures: Media, Culture, and Performance

An interdisciplinary exploration of the performative dimensions of art, visual culture, and new media. Investigates theories of performance and action across multiple fields and considers their relevance to themes, problems, and contexts of interest to those enrolled.

Credits

5

Instructor

Kyle Parry

HAVC 250 The Cult of Mary in Byzantium: Visualities of Political, Religions, and Gender Constructs

Through the study of the Byzantine cult of Mary, we examine diverse modalities in the construction and interaction of political, religious, and gender values, and we investigate the interrelated role of images, rituals, and text in human experience, expression, and communication. (Formerly The Cult of Mary in Byzantium.)

Credits

5

Instructor

Maria Evangelatou

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HAVC 260 Visual Literacy in Spanish America, 1500-1800

Visual literacy is considered as a particular predicament of colonial societies. Students consider the legibility of artifacts in colonial Spanish American contexts given its culturally diverse audiences and examine specific instances of (mis)interpreted images and transcultured representations.

Credits

5

Instructor

Carolyn Dean

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HAVC 270 Colonial Cultures of Collecting and Display

Examines collections and exhibitions of colonized people, places, and objects through primary sources, theoretical texts, and analytical case studies (with some emphasis on Oceania). Focuses on visual discourses of race, science, religious conversion, colonial settlement, nation-building, education, and entertainment.

Credits

5

Instructor

Stacy Kamehiro

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HAVC 273 Imaging Colonial Peripheries and Borderlands

Considers 18th-century to 21st-century colonialisms, especially in Oceania. Concentrates on representations conditioned by particular cross-cultural engagements in colonial peripheries rather than focusing on metropolitan representations. Explores the construction and transgression of rigidly defined colonial identity categories, as expressed in visual/material form.

Credits

5

Instructor

Stacy Kamehiro

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Fall

HAVC 275 The Visual Cultures of Travel and Tourism

Explores the visual cultures of travel and tourism with some focus on Oceania. Travel and tourism are implicated in the histories of colonialism, ethnography, and globalization, and offer rich sites for critical engagement with theories of transnationalism, imperialism, diaspora, and identity.

Credits

5

Instructor

Stacy Kamehiro

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HAVC 280 Visual Studies Issues

Examines selected and changing issues in visual studies. The specific issue varies with each offering to keep pace with recent directions in scholarship.

Credits

5

Instructor

Carolyn Dean

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

HAVC 282 Art of Independence, Liberation and the Cold War

Explores art movements that played a role in major struggles for independence and liberation from colonial regimes or reflected upon them subsequently. These art movements are examined though international art and media exhibitions. Case studies vary with each course offering.

Credits

5

Instructor

Mark Nash

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HAVC 294 Teaching-Related Independent Study

Directed graduate research and writing coordinated with the teaching of undergraduates. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

HAVC 295 Directed Reading

Directed reading that does not involve a term paper. Students submit petition to course-sponsoring agency. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

HAVC 297A Independent Study

Independent study or research for graduate students. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

HAVC 297B Independent Study

Independent study or research for graduate students. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

10

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

HAVC 297F Independent Study

Students submit petition to course-sponsoring agency. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

HAVC 299A Thesis Research

Students submit petition to course sponsoring agency. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

HAVC 299B Thesis Research

Students submit petition to course sponsoring agency. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.

Credits

10

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring