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Diverse Spaces

Cultural Studies


GENG-7820-001 Topics in Visual Culture: Diverse Spaces: The Collection of Multicultural and Indigenous Art and Artifacts in Canadian Museums and Contemporary Galleries
Winter 2017

Fridays 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Professor J. Nagam

Canadian identity and belonging are situated within sites of public space such as the national and provincial museums and contemporary galleries for example: the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, The Manitoba Museum and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. This course will explore the roles that public spaces such as museums and galleries play in the expression or contestation of different histories, different identities and different forms of local, national and transnational citizenship. The course will provide a platform for discussing and developing links between various disciplinary perspectives about the spaces, media and practices of public culture in relationship to art and artifacts as they occur in Canadian studies, cultural studies, diversity studies, anthropology, Indigenous studies, museum and heritage studies, performance studies, and arts and culture organizations. We will explore and highlight concepts of multiculturalism and Indigenous in relationship to Eurocentric and settler ideologies that have typically been narrated through these institutions through the collection of contemporary art and artifacts.