HAR 9201 / ARTH 809 BLOCK A Seminar, Integrative Seminar: Art History and It's Methodologies I: Écritures et horizons de l'historie de l'art de l'histoire de l'art
T - 14:00-17:00
Location: Fall 2017: UQAM, Management Science Pavilion, R-4240 / Winter 2018: UQAM, Management Science Pavilion, R-4240
Professor: DR. DOMINIC HARDY
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.
The proposed program for the integrative seminar in 2018-2019 is in continuity with the programs of previous years. Its primary objectives remain "the integration of new students and new students into the doctoral program and the development of their main research project".
The global theme proposed for the coming year is built around the writings and horizons of art history. It encourages a reflection on metahistorical vectors that contribute to our work, or that can, at least, have an impact on the directions that will take them.
This perspective is adopted to allow opening at first a series of texts (touching on conceptual approaches and working methods in art history) that reflect the multiple approaches that cross the discipline ( up to the indiscipline sometimes). We will indeed consider the history of art as a set of narratives among which the doctoral thesis takes its place; thesis which is the horizon of our work from the point of view of our anchoring in traditions more or less old (or the distance we take vis-à-vis these traditions), traditions that study and describe themselves at from an articulation between structures and narrative strategies, philosophies of history and the fundamental motivation that we attribute to the definition of our research pathways. The thesis becomes a place of complex affiliation: with the historians and art historians who precede us , with the research communities to which we identify, with the linguistic and visual structures from which, in all their historicity, we have to imagine the path of the doctoral thesis.
To make this journey, the seminar will focus on the intersection of participants' research concerns with two questions: the first, devoted to the formation of narrative structures that we use in art history, articulating with the second which will allow us to take an interest in the changes that the discipline is experiencing under the impetus of certain interdisciplinary (or even undisciplinary) approaches that may have remarkable epistemological effects.
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