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Postgraduate Course: Digital Islamic Art History (HIAR11117)

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
SummaryThis course introduces students to digital art history scholarship, methods, and tools and explores the application of digital practices to the specific needs of Islamic visual culture.
Course description In recent decades scholars have applied a variety of Digital Humanities approaches to the practices of art history, in the process enriching and transforming the field. This course explores Islamic visual and material culture through critical engagement with digital technologies. It introduces students to digital art history scholarship, methods, and tools and explores how Islamic art history and related fields can participate in shaping digital practices attuned to the specific needs of Islamic visual culture. Working collaboratively and taking a team-based workshop approach, we will use existing and new research data drawn from instructor research to critically explore general concepts and case studies in Digital Humanities and digital art history, experiment with software and tools, and reflect on emerging trends and developments. The goal is to understand how new technologies can suggest new questions, answers, and methods for art historical research. Topics include historiography of Islamic art (including history of architecture and urbanism), museum collections and display, mixed reality for immersive experiences of spaces and objects, digital visualisations, 3D-modeling, mapping, gaming, and text and network analyses.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative Assessment: Project Planning Sheet due in Weeks 4-5 (this asks students to articulate the project Goal (specific research question, proposed digital output), Significance (contribution to field, argument for digital method), Audience (who are they, what they will learn), Challenges or Restrictions, Resources required (Expertise (Team Roles), Infrastructure (Storage, Organization, Analysis, Presentation, Long Term Support), Timeline (Design, Production, Review, Revision, Publication, Dissemination, Lifespan and Archiving) and Workflow.

Summative Assessment: (100% of course mark): Digital project with 2000-word project script, due Weeks 8-11. Students will be provided with clear written instructions and project parameters to ensure fairness. The digital project script is part of the digital output and articulates the goal and significance of the project output. The digital project script will be assessed using the research essay criteria described in History of Art Writing Guide (it should be carefully planned, research-based, with a clear written introduction, body, and conclusion that demonstrate independence and critical reading, and written in a formal style demonstrating an understanding of the academic discourse of History of Art).
Feedback Formative Feedback:
You should submit your project planning sheet in weeks 4-5 and will receive oral feedback during a face-to-face meeting which you should arrange with the instructor.

Summative Feedback:
You will receive written feedback on your summative assessment within 15 working days of submission.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Deploy core research skills, such as visual, material and textual analysis, and digital skills to creatively analyse and present art historical questions and issues to broad audiences
  2. Identify, conceptualise and define new problems and issues raised by the art historical material and digital methods
  3. Demonstrate critical awareness of the way Digital Art History and Islamic art history have developed and been analysed and critiqued in scholarship
Reading List
Carey, Moya and Margaret Graves, ¿Introduction: Historiography of Islamic Art and Architecture, 2012,¿ Journal of Art Historiography, 2012.

Jaskot, Paul B. ¿Digital Art History as the Social History of Art: Towards the Disciplinary Relevance of Digital Methods,¿ Visual Resources 35, no. 1¿2 (April 3, 2019): 21¿33.

Keshani, Hussein. ¿Towards Digital Islamic Art History.¿ Journal of Art Historiography 6 (2012).

Lewi, Hannah, Smith Wally, Dirk vom Lehn, and Steven Cooke, eds. The Routledge International Handbook of New Digital Practices in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Heritage Sites. Routledge, 2020.

Rice, Yael Rice, ¿Workshop as Network: A Case Study from Mughal South Asia,¿ Artla@s Bulletin 6, no. 3 (2017): 17.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Visual and critical analysis; Digital literacy; Analytical and critical thinking and the development of an argument; Independent research; Problem solving; Creativity and inventive thinking; Team working; Presentation and communication skills; Organisation and planning; Professional awareness; Cross-cultural awareness and communication.
KeywordsDigital Humanities; Cultural Heritage; Islamic Art; Art; Museums; Collections; Curating;
Course organiserDr Glaire Anderson
Course secretaryMiss Hannah Morrison
Tel: (0131 6)51 5763
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