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HAR 9202 / ARTH 810 - BLOCK A SEMINAR, Integrative Seminar: Art History and It's Methodologies II: Art History and The Environment

T - 15:00-18:00
UQAM, Pavillon Judith Jasmin, JR-610


DR. NICOLA PEZOLET (Part II of II, Winter Term)

The Block A seminar is a required, year-long methodology course (Fall and Winter semesters) in which students from each of the four universities come together to discuss their doctoral research in a stimulating and collaborative environment.


Art history is inextricably and dialectically linked to the history of the environment. This seminar, which is a series of articles on the environment, is a series of articles on the history of the natural environment. . Making use of both critical and historical approaches, these shifting theories of representation will be shared and discussed in a round table format.

The integrative seminar will introduce students to advanced research in art history as well as various methodological approaches. In order to integrate students into the inter-university program, the students are expected to develop their thesis projects.

Seminars will often revolve around critical analysis and discussion of texts, which will include both foundational and emerging research. During the Fall term, a selection of texts will be proposed to initiate a collective dialogue on the relationship between art history and the environment. These texts will serve as a common theoretical foundation. Meetings will take place every two weeks and will be organized thematically. Both professors will present a key text that has shaped their research and thought during their intellectual and academic journey. Other professors from the interuniversity PhD program, or from other institutions, will be invited to join the course of the year. In the Winter term, students will be asked to present key questions related to their own research projects and to a research question.

Key themes that will be considered include:

- Natural environments: landscape and aesthetics, ecology

- Environment and power: control of nature; Representation of the territory and cartography; Colonization and post-colonialism; Art, conflicts and forensic science

- Artificial environments: mediascapes; Sound practices; Atmospheres and immersion; domesticity; Sensory studies; Color theory / polychromy; Total work of art; synaesthesia

- Industrial environments: art and marketing; Metropolis and modernity; Aesthetics and production; Commodity fetishism

- Environment and memory: museology; Curatorial studies; historicism; Archival practices; Critical heritage studies; Adaptive re-use; Human made landscapes

- Sacred Environments: devotional art, architecture and religion; Rites, practices and traditions; liturgy

- Emerging environments: art, architecture and anthropocene; meteorology; Neo-environmental utopias

Bibliography: see bibliography for Part I, Fall Term 

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