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ARTH 615 Issues in Postcolonial Theory in Art and Art History: Issues in Black Canadian Art Histories

  • Mondays 2:45-5:45 pm 
  • Course delivery TBA
  • Dr. Joana Joachim

This seminar will consider some key issues in Black Canadian history as they relate to the material, cultural and historical contributions by Black people on this land. This course will critically reflect on the disciplines of museology, curating and art history in Canada. We will develop an understanding of Black feminisms and harness skills to discuss art from critical perspectives considering issues around gender, race, sexuality and class. The goal of this course is to familiarize students with some basic principles of Black feminism, key aspects of Black Canadian history and relate these to art history. This course will lead students to gain an understanding of political and museological stakes of Black Art Histories in Canada and of locating Canada within a larger Black diaspora. Students will be encouraged to question the practices which have led to the marginalization of these histories. At the end of the course students will be able to articulate these issues in a compelling manner and will have a general knowledge of Black Canadian art contributions from the nineteenth century to today. Students will also develop basic curatorial skills and learn how to facilitate conversations around Black Canadian art histories.

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