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Postgraduate Course: The Aesthetics of Difference: Post-Colonial Perspectives from the 19th to the 21st century (HIAR11095)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe Colonial and Post-Colonial narrative often brings to mind the exploits of countries like France, Britain and America abroad. However, Asian countries such as Japan also succeeded in their own colonial endeavors. Instead of just viewing how Europe and America were changed by these interactions, this course will examine how Asia responded to these empires both at home and abroad through their art, culture and social/economic development. This course will also look at how colonial operations conducted by Asian countries impacted the continent as a whole. The larger discussion of all this being that from an opposing perspective how and what did Asia think of their occupation?
Course description The colonial and post-colonial narrative often brings to mind the exploits of countries like France, Britain and America abroad. However, Asian countries such as Japan also succeeded in their own colonial endeavours. Instead of only viewing how Europe and America were changed by these interactions, this course will examine how Asia responded to these empires both at home and abroad through their art, culture and social/economic development. This course will also look at how colonial operations conducted by American, Europe and Asian countries impacted the expansion of interest in the arts and cultures of Asia globally. A larger discussion to be drawn from of all this being that from an opposing perspective, how and what did Asia think of their occupation and in what ways did that manifest in their art and culture? The results of which open conversation about post-colonial perspectives on less familiar cases, foregrounding examples that unsettle the notion of a hegemonic Western Asian discourse. Students will then engage with post-colonial theory to examine and interrogate the lingering system of display and interpretation of Asian art in modern institutions and how it can evolve to better suit the 21st century.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs This course explores the arts and interpretation of cultures from Asia by American and European scholars, artists and art dealers, as well as Asian authorities. Through the examination of the international art market and subsequent dissemination of academic material about Asia by American, European, Japanese and Chinese authorities, students will challenge the exisiting rhetoric on how Asian art and culture was presented and engaged with abroad and at home.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course will be assessed through in-class presentation (30% weighting) and an essay (70% weighting).

The presentation will last 10-15 minutes and feedback/grades will be provided that encompass your performance in class throughout the course, encouraging strong engagement in discussion and weekly preparation. (30% weighting)

Students will devise their own essay question and prepare a bibliography together with formal abstract including detailed information on the proposed topic, research methodologies and essay structure. (70% weighting).
Feedback A one-to-one feed-forward session will be arranged for each student during which material relating to the presentation and essay will be discussed and further direction given. Additionally, students are given written feedback and an individual feedback meeting on their essays.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a specialist and integrated knowledge of post-colonial theory and visual representations of otherness, from nineteenth-century Orientalist traditions to visual responses to racial and cultural difference in the modern and contemporary period.
  2. Demonstrate skills in visual and theoretical analysis in relation to key works and visual displays that deal in cultural translation between the nineteenth and the twenty-first century
  3. More effectively structure arguments which synthesise a range of complex theoretical positions and, in some cases, present original research and arguments
Reading List
Chrisman, Laura, and Patrick Williams.┐Colonial Discourse and Post-colonial Theory : A Reader. Harlow, England: Longman, an Imprint of Pearson Education, 1993.

Cohen, Warren.┐East Asian Art and American Culture: A Study in International Relations. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992.

Hopkirk, Peter.┐Foreign Devils on the Silk Road: The Search for the Lost Cities and Treasures of Chinese Central Asia. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984.

Liu, Zuozhen.┐The Case for Repatriating China┐s Cultural Objects. 1st Ed. 2016.. ed. Singapore: Springer Singapore : Imprint: Springer, 2016.

Yoshihara, Mari.┐Embracing the East: White Women and American Orientalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Many of the skills you will develop will be transferrable. These include:
- Independent research (locate, access and interpret information)
- Critical analysis of visual and textual material
- Presentation (oral and written)
- Communication
- Organisation (the ability to plan workloads and meet deadlines)
KeywordsArt,Visual Culture,Orientalism,Neo-Orientalism,Post-Colonial theory,Cultural Translation
Contacts
Course organiserMr Colin Brady
Tel:
Email: cbrady34@exseed.ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Anna Johns
Tel: (0131 6)51 5740
Email: Anna.Johns@ed.ac.uk
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