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Museumizing: "Science," Stories and the Arts of Native Americans
AMST 303
Fall 2014
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: ARHA 276

Together we will focus on the roles of "science" and art in the production of Native American subjects. In particular, we will investigate the boundaries between art and "science" and how these boundaries are constituted, shored up and reified in relation to the production of Native American subjects. We will approach "science" and art in their most expansive senses to follow their shifting frontiers and chart their multiple intersections. Our boundary-crossings will analyze ethnography, collecting practices, media, historiography, linguistics, as well as storytelling, sculpture, museum installation, and performance. In doing so we will move from the culturally produced--museum produced--Native American subject to a form of indigeneity as praxis, and this will offer us ways to rethink traditions while both working with and refashioning the critical theories at hand. Our primary metaphor here is: walking somewhere between the anthropological and the art museum. Seeking to interrogate the limits of and to limit the power of knowledge production, our critical walking will shed light on art, institutions, and the politics of "making Indians."
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AMST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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