Courses of Study 2015-2016 
    
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Courses of Study 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ARTH 6015 - [Photography and the Archive]

(crosslisted) AMST 6015  
     
Next offered 2017-2018. 4 credits. Letter grades only.

Permission of instructor required.

C. Finley.

This graduate seminar explores the making of photographic archives, the narratives they tell, and the parameters that define them as objects of study. As visual collections, photographic archives present specific concerns - especially as digital technologies change the way knowledge is classified, stored, retrieved and disseminated. To be sure, differential power relations determine what is collected - what is remembered or forgotten - by societies and institutions. Social and economic histories as well as experiences of race, class, gender and sexuality affect the construction, acquisition and maintenance of archives and their ability to influence knowledge production. Students in this course study archival practices by choosing a unique photographic archive at Cornell for a research project, which may be realized as an exhibition (online or otherwise), a documentary film, or a digital humanities project.



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