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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
Not being delivered
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 secretaryMr Nathan Ross-Hammond
Tel: (0131 6)51 5880
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