2016


Spring 2016 - Undergraduate Courses

 

DigitalStudies in CHAPS: Preserving the Past in the Digital Age: Museums, Monuments, and Cultural Management

(CAC, W 4:30-7:30, Spratt, Index 18723)
(01:082:441:01 / 16:082:593:01 / 01:506:391:01)

Course Description:

This course examines the current use and future potential of computers to analyze, curate, and digitally preserve monuments and material artifacts in an increasingly technologically reliant world. From the use of computers to make digital art and architectural reconstructions with photogrammetry, such as what researchers from the Initial Training Network of Digital Cultural Heritage have done with the recently destroyed monuments in Iraq, Egypt, and Nepal, to the application of vision technology to virtually create, categorize, and aesthetically assess artifacts in museums, libraries, and research institutions, it is clear that the role of technology in today’s cultural management industry can no longer be sidelined. The goal of this course is to familiarize students with the current and future potential of digital preservation and heritage management, and to bring awareness to the ethical implications of both computer-based analysis of art and computer-based production of art. To this end, the course will examine the role of vision technology in negotiating our relationship with the past and its entanglement with our understanding of human perception itself. Students are expected to participate in two class trips, one to New York City to visit the New Museum and one to the Index of Christian Art at Princeton. This course is open to qualified undergraduates and graduate students with an interest in cultural heritage and preservation management, art history, philosophy, ethics, history of science, anthropology, archaeology, psychology, sociology, computer science, business administration, library and information science, and the digital humanities.

Course Goals:

  • -     To examine the current use of digital tools for art and cultural management.
  •       To consider the future use of digital tools for art and cultural management.
  • -    To bring awareness to the ethical debates surrounding the use of artificial intelligence in the art and cultural management industry.
  • -    To guide students in the use and development of new technologies.
  • -    To foster an awareness of the current debates surrounding the digital humanities and the increasingly digitized art and cultural management industry.
  • -    To enhance the ability of students to debate different sides of an argument surrounding this particular intersection of the arts and sciences in a constructive learning environment.
  • -     To promote analytical skills that are informed by historical understanding, academic and industry perspectives, ethical awareness, the theoretical foundations of the field, and contemporary debates of the subject.

Course Format and Assignments:

The course follows a seminar format. Students are expected to attend each class and to engage in discussion of the weekly readings. There will be weekly mini-presentations of the readings that will rotate amongst the seminar participants. A research paper on a topic of the student’s choice that ties into the larger themes of the seminar and is approved by the instructor is required (10-12 pages for undergraduates and 18-20 pages for graduates). Presentations of the student’s research will take place in the last two weeks of the semester. Attendance at guest lectures related to the course is mandatory.


significant object

STUDIES IN CHAPS: Significant Objects: Material Culture Studies and Cultural Heritage

(CAC, M 4:30-7:30pm, VH001, Woodhouse-Beyer, Index 11663)
(01:082:441:02 / 16:082:594:01 / 01:506:391:02)

There are no prerequisites in Art History required for this course.

Description:

How, when, and why are objects significant in the modern world? What are “significant” objects in the grand scope of history, museum collecting, and cultural heritage? To what extent are objects cultural mediators, social communicators, and political actors to communities, social groups, and nations? This seminar-based course explores the connections between material culture and cultural heritage through the diverse lenses of art history. anthropology, archaeology, history, material culture studies, museum studies, and heritage and preservation studies. Course discussion will include topics such as collecting, collections, and museums, globalization and cultural tourism, colonialism and post-colonialism, monuments and memorials, art/artifact “markets," repatriation and restitution, historic preservation and conservation, and the relationships between tangible and intangible heritage. 


 Laws

ADVANCED TOPICS IN CHAPS – Laws of Cultural Heritage and Preservation

(CAC, T 4:30-7:30pm, VH001, Jacob, Index 08006)
(01:082:442:01 / 16:082:603:01 / 01:506:391:03)

In today’s world, the media is filled with accounts of deliberate destruction of art and artifacts, stolen and repatriated art and artifacts, art theft rings, and current troubles of museums.

Would you recognize the legal issues connected with these topics?   Art managers, law enforcement officers, and museum administrators regularly face such issues.

This course will acquaihttps://www.sas.rutgers.edu/cms/chaps/administrator/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&layout=editnt both CHAPS students and students interested in laws applicable to the art world in general, such as legal problems of museums as institutions, and legal obligations of dealers, auction houses and art merchants, and rights of private parties as owners of art. Other topics include the movement of cultural property in wartime, including public laws dealing with art, such as patrimony laws and UNESCO 1970, and statutory responses arising out of cultural heritage issues unique to the United States, such as the Native Americans Graves Repatriation Act, and national and local historic preservation laws. This course is designed for those pursuing a Master's or Doctoral Degree in Cultural Heritage and Preservation, Graduate Art History Students and students pursuing a Certificate in Museum Studies or Public History. Undergraduates who have completed the introductory Cultural Heritage and Preservation course are welcome to take this course with advance permission of the instructor. Two or three short papers (not exceeding three pages) on assigned topics, two quizzes, and a longer paper of the student's choosing are required.


Historic preservation 2

Historic Preservation

(CAC, Th 6:10 - 8:40 PM, CSB-261, Listokin)
(Undergrad: 10:762:448, index #05747)

Overview of the evolution of the historic preservation movement in the United States, examining the regulations, programs, and economics impacting historic preservation.

 

 


International historic preservation

International Historic Preservation

(CAC, M 9:50 - 12:30 PM, CSB-173, Listokin)
(Undergrad:  10:762:484, index #14775)

Overview of the evolution of the historic preservation movement in an international context, examining the regulations, programs, and economics impacting historic preservation.

 

 

 

 

Spring 2016 - Graduate Courses


Digital

Studies in CHAPS: Preserving the Past in the Digital Age: Museums, Monuments, and Cultural Management

(CAC, W 4:30-7:30, Spratt, index #18143)
(16:082:593 section 01)

Course Description:

This course examines the current use and future potential of computers to analyze, curate, and digitally preserve monuments and material artifacts in an increasingly technologically reliant world. From the use of computers to make digital art and architectural reconstructions with photogrammetry, such as what researchers from the Initial Training Network of Digital Cultural Heritage have done with the recently destroyed monuments in Iraq, Egypt, and Nepal, to the application of vision technology to virtually create, categorize, and aesthetically assess artifacts in museums, libraries, and research institutions, it is clear that the role of technology in today’s cultural management industry can no longer be sidelined. The goal of this course is to familiarize students with the current and future potential of digital preservation and heritage management, and to bring awareness to the ethical implications of both computer-based analysis of art and computer-based production of art. To this end, the course will examine the role of vision technology in negotiating our relationship with the past and its entanglement with our understanding of human perception itself. Students are expected to participate in two class trips, one to New York City to visit the New Museum and one to the Index of Christian Art at Princeton. This course is open to qualified undergraduates and graduate students with an interest in cultural heritage and preservation management, art history, philosophy, ethics, history of science, anthropology, archaeology, psychology, sociology, computer science, business administration, library and information science, and the digital humanities.

Course Goals:

  • -     To examine the current use of digital tools for art and cultural management.
  •       To consider the future use of digital tools for art and cultural management.
  • -    To bring awareness to the ethical debates surrounding the use of artificial intelligence in the art and cultural management industry.
  • -    To guide students in the use and development of new technologies.
  • -    To foster an awareness of the current debates surrounding the digital humanities and the increasingly digitized art and cultural management industry.
  • -    To enhance the ability of students to debate different sides of an argument surrounding this particular intersection of the arts and sciences in a constructive learning environment.
  • -     To promote analytical skills that are informed by historical understanding, academic and industry perspectives, ethical awareness, the theoretical foundations of the field, and contemporary debates of the subject.

Course Format and Assignments:

The course follows a seminar format. Students are expected to attend each class and to engage in discussion of the weekly readings. There will be weekly mini-presentations of the readings that will rotate amongst the seminar participants. A research paper on a topic of the student’s choice that ties into the larger themes of the seminar and is approved by the instructor is required (10-12 pages for undergraduates and 18-20 pages for graduates). Presentations of the student’s research will take place in the last two weeks of the semester. Attendance at guest lectures related to the course is mandatory.


significant object

STUDIES IN CHAPS: Significant Objects: Material Culture Studies and Cultural Heritage

(CAC, M 4:30-7:30pm, VH001, Woodhouse-Beyer, index #08622)
(16:082:594 section 01)

There are no prerequisites in Art History required for this course.

Description:

How, when, and why are objects significant in the modern world? What are “significant” objects in the grand scope of history, museum collecting, and cultural heritage? To what extent are objects cultural mediators, social communicators, and political actors to communities, social groups, and nations? This seminar-based course explores the connections between material culture and cultural heritage through the diverse lenses of art history. anthropology, archaeology, history, material culture studies, museum studies, and heritage and preservation studies. Course discussion will include topics such as collecting, collections, and museums, globalization and cultural tourism, colonialism and post-colonialism, monuments and memorials, art/artifact “markets," repatriation and restitution, historic preservation and conservation, and the relationships between tangible and intangible heritage. 


 Laws

ADVANCED TOPICS IN CHAPS – Laws of Cultural Heritage and Preservation

(CAC, T 4:30-7:30pm, VH001, Jacob, index #08623)
(16:082:603 section 01)

In today’s world, the media is filled with accounts of deliberate destruction of art and artifacts, stolen and repatriated art and artifacts, art theft rings, and current troubles of museums.

Would you recognize the legal issues connected with these topics?   Art managers, law enforcement officers, and museum administrators regularly face such issues.

This course will acquaint both CHAPS students and students interested in laws applicable to the art world in general, such as legal problems of museums as institutions, and legal obligations of dealers, auction houses and art merchants, and rights of private parties as owners of art. Other topics include the movement of cultural property in wartime, including public laws dealing with art, such as patrimony laws and UNESCO 1970, and statutory responses arising out of cultural heritage issues unique to the United States, such as the Native Americans Graves Repatriation Act, and national and local historic preservation laws. This course is designed for those pursuing a Master's or Doctoral Degree in Cultural Heritage and Preservation, Graduate Art History Students and students pursuing a Certificate in Museum Studies or Public History. Undergraduates who have completed the introductory Cultural Heritage and Preservation course are welcome to take this course with advance permission of the instructor. Two or three short papers (not exceeding three pages) on assigned topics, two quizzes, and a longer paper of the student's choosing are required.


Historic preservation 2

 

 

Historic Preservation

(CAC, Th 6:10 - 8:40 PM, CSB-261, Listokin)
(Graduate:  34:970:521, index #05752)

Overview of the evolution of the historic preservation movement in the United States, examining the regulations, programs, and economics impacting historic preservation.


International Historic Pres

 

 

International Historic Preservation

(CAC, M 9:50 - 12:30 PM, CSB-173, Listokin)
(Graduate:  34:974:522, index #12306)

Overview of the evolution of the historic preservation movement in an international context, examining the regulations, programs, and economics impacting historic preservation.


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INTERNSHIP IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION

(Hours by arrangement, By permission of the CHAPS director, See department staff for special permission number Index 05200)

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