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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Art/Art History (AH)
Seminar in South Asian Art
Seminar in South Asian Art
Fall 2017
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Topics in the visual cultures of South Asia from a range of time periods; artworks in their historical, religious, and cultural contexts; key points in the field's historiography. May be repeated for credit provided the topic differs. See department for more details.
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This course explores the way craft objects have been manipulated and maneuvered within India’s political, economic, social, and artistic landscapes. We will explore several indigenous craft traditions from the subcontinent, examining not only their intricate processes of making, but also investigating how they circulate and take on new meanings. How has craft been defined on the subcontinent? What role did craft play in shifting colonial policies and British involvement in India? Why did handwoven cotton cloth (known as khadi) gain traction during the nationalist movement, emerging as a symbol of political defiance and self-governance? How does production and circulation of crafts through non-profit organizations frame contemporary understandings of “the folk” and gendered forms of labor? In addition to assigned readings and class discussions that explore the role of craft objects and craft-based practices across diverse chronological periods and regions within India, we will use the collection of the Textile Museum at GW to closely examine individual objects in person.

Students from all fields are welcome. Knowledge of South Asian art history is not required and final paper projects need not focus on India.

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CCAS - GCR: Humanities
ESIA-Asia GCR (Pre2010)
ESIA-Humanities Courses
SPHHS-Humanities Courses
SEAS - Humanities Electives

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