Spring 2017



(By arrangement. Special permission required, Index 04776)



(CAC, M67, 4:30-7:30, VH 001, Section: 01, Kahlaoui, Index 15063)

This course is cross listed with 01:082:441:01 and 01:506:301:01

The Middle East is one of the richest archeological regions in the world. Yet, ironically, military conflicts aimed at establishing stability in the area have contributed to the deterioration of cultural artifacts and sites at an alarming rate. Military action, political indifference, and a vacuum of knowledge – linguistic, artistic, political, and cultural – have endangered the possibilities for preserving the essence of Middle Eastern art and archaeology and the roots of western European tradition. This course is about war and cultural heritage, politics and preservation as the new realities of our future. This course begins with a review of similar situations of war and art, from napoleon to World War II and Vietnam (“we had to destroy it in order to save it”). Our work then moves quickly to a discussion of Middle Eastern art and archaeology, including the sack of the Iraq museum in Baghdad and the looting of sites in the countryside throughout the region. Half of the course is devoted to understanding both the art and archaeology of the region, and the other half is devoted to tracing their fate and their future under the challenge of present circumstances. This course will answer two questions. The first is: what do we need to know about the art history of Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Afghanistan?  The second is:  what are the threats to its survival for future generations?  The course targets art history and CHAPS students. It will emphasize both visual approaches and preservation practices, and their relation to the respective social environments.

Requirements will include informal discussion of common readings, oral reports on specific issues, and a 15-page research paper.

pdf Syllabus Kahlaoui (27 KB)



(CAC, W67, 4:30-7:30, VH 001, Section: 01, Woodhouse-Beyer, Index 07853)

This course is cross listed with 01:082:441:02 and 01:506:391:02

This cultural heritage course explores the history and material culture of the memorialization of individuals, social groups, and historic events through time, cultures, and landscapes. Our course material will include local, national, and global case studies and examples drawn from the fields of cultural heritage, cultural resource management, historic preservation, archaeology, anthropology, history, art history, death studies, landscape architecture, and the contemporary world. Why and how do we choose to remember/memorialize some individuals and events over others? What does the form and design of cemeteries, monuments, and monuments reveal about communities, culture, politics, and cultural/historical memory? Which memorial sites and spaces stay secular – and which become sacred ground? How and when do acts of memorialization become vehicles for mediating and reinterpreting the past? How and why do some sites associated with the dead and historic events become contested ground while others are forgotten? What is the role and purpose of “dark tourism” and studies of “negative heritage” as part of remembering and forgetting in the contemporary world?

Attendance (includes participation/article introductions) 20%; Case Study Report 1  20%; Case Study Report 2 20%; Cemetery/Monument/or Memorial paper 20%;  Research Paper  20%                      

No prerequisites are required to join our course – undergraduates/graduates from all disciplines are welcome!

pdf Syllabus Woodhouse Beyer (42 KB)



(CAC, TH23, 09:50-12:50, VH 001, Rico, Index 07854)

This course is cross listed with 01:082:442:01 and 01:506:391:03

This course offers a critical overview of the variety of methods that are used in the identification, documentation and management of cultural heritage. Students will engage with the different types of heritage sources and disciplines that define this subject of study in all its diversity, in order to discuss methods descriptively and critically. Each seminar we will consider the documentation of heritage from a different disciplinary vantage point and discuss the intimate relationship between methods, theories and standards used in cultural heritage. This course offers a venue and support for students to discuss and define more robust methodologies in their research papers and dissertations.

pdf Syllabus Rico (87 KB)



(By arrangement, Special permission required, 07832)



(By arrangement, Special permission required, Index 08452)

Directed research for advanced students working on the MA thesis.

Students will be supervised and evaluated by their advisor, who is chosen in conjunction with an area of specialization during the first year. Students will be graded on the quality of research and writing leading to the completed MA thesis.



Landscape Urbanism: Theories of Landscape Architecture

16:550:553, 3 credits
Mondays, 12:35 pm - 1:55 pm; Thursdays, 12:35 pm - 1:55 pm
Blake Hall 148
Instructor: Dr. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Landscape Urbanism has evolved as a buzzword to identify an interdisciplinary approach to shaping the urban environment. This seminar will explore cultural interpretations of landscape as context of that discourse allowing students to develop individual positions relevant to their respective fields.

pdf Syllabus Hoefer (6.79 MB)


Historic Preservation

Prof. Listokin

34:970:521, Index #05242

Thursdays, 6:10-8:40pm, Civic Square Bldg, room 261


International Historic Preservation

Prof. Listokin

34:970:522, index #11099

Tuesdays, 9:50am-12:30pm, Civic Square Bldg, room 173

Department of Art History
Voorhees Hall
71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
  Phone 848.932.7041
Fax 732.932.1261