AHIS 512 - Seminar in Renaissance Art
Renaissance Things: Material Cultures of Life and Art in Early Modern Europe.(12066D)
Professor Sean Roberts
Tuesday 2:00 - 4:50 pm
Though we routinely regard things as inert, mundane material that we act upon, anthropologists remind us that we live our lives as though objects are powerful agents, invested with volitions of their own and occasioning consequences we cannot foresee or forestall. The extraordinary hopes, fears, and desires which early modern women and men vested in an increasingly robust world of things speaks eloquently to the apprehension that possessions might yet possess their makers. Starting from a revaluation of both recent and canonical approaches to materiality, this seminar will explore the expansive material culture of early modern Europe. Case studies will include clothing and adornment, diplomatic gifts and luxury goods, the boundaries between nature and artifice, the role of commerce and trade, and the visual cultures boundaries between nature and artifice, the role of commerce and trade, and the visual cultures of devotion and warfare.
MDA 599 - Getting the Picture: The History and Visual Culture of the News(42293R)
Professor Vanessa Schwartz
Wednesday 2:00 - 4:50 pm
This is also a weekly seminar series that any interested scholars can attend weekly or occasionally or once. To participate, rsvp: email@example.com and you will receive the syllabus, readings and updates. If you attend for credit, it fulfills a requirement for the Visual Studies Graduate Certificate.
News pictures are created to be forms of communication, despite the fact that they are often no less expressive and interpretive than artworks. They share with art that they are visual expressions but they also self-consciously seek to inform about the present – the world currently accessible outside the picture – in a truthful way. They are examples of Visual Evidence, the topic of research of USC’s Visual Studies Research Institute. This course offers a point of entry into the surprisingly difficult question: What is a news picture and how does it work? The news picture is an image that operates across the boundaries that have traditionally divided the fields of art history, history, communications and media studies. An interdisciplinary team will teach this seminar. USC and area faculty are invited to join any seminar and will be provided with readings. This seminar will culminate in a conference, “Getting the Picture,” on May 4-5, 2014 at USC.
1/15: Vanessa Schwartz and Jason Hill, UNLV: “Beyond Photojournalism”
1/22: Katie Hornstein, Dartmouth College: “On Illustration and the Crimean War”
1/29: Joshua Brown, CUNY: “On Sketch Reporting and the New York Draft Riots”
2/5: Matthew Amato, VSRI Postdoc: “Photography and the Civil War”
2/12: No Meeting
2/19: Ryan Linkof, LACMA: “The Tabloid”
2/26: Joe Clark, Franklin and Marshall: “Newsreels”
3/5: Kate Flint, USC: “On Flash”
3/12: Jason Hill, UNLV: “The Luce Empire”
3/26: Larry Gross, USC: “On the Ethics of Photojournalism”
4/2: Robert Hariman, Northwestern and John Lucaites, Indiana U: “Icons”
4/9: Vanessa Schwartz, “The News in Black and White – and Color”
4/16: Diane Winston, USC: “Picturing the Middle East”
4/23: Sarah Banet-Weiser, USC: “About to Die”
*The classes and times listed are subject to change.