AHIS 410 S001: Topics in Global Art

This course is an examination of specified topics or issues that affects experiences of being human and art-making in a global context.

Course content: 

Topic: Call-Convene-Collect

What does it mean to be a curator to call, to wait, to wait upon, to exercise and be subjected to hospitality, to recognize and be recognized?

In collaboration with Gallery 221A, Vancouver Art Gallery, and BC’s Creative Economy Strategy, Emily Carr will welcome international curators from renowned cultural institutions in Asia, Europe, and the Americas for a special iteration of AHIS 410 this Spring. 

This pass-fail lecture course can host up to 150 students to witness and engage in a sustained and varied semester-long on- and off-stage conversation about critical curatorship as cultural practice in the context of globalization.  Each weekly session will include a lecture by a visiting curator (a call, if we will), a critical dialogue between the caller and an Emily Carr faculty member (for a response), and open interaction with students and community members in attendance (to achieve resonance).  These face-to-face proceedings will be supplemented by a public course blog, contributions to which will be required by enrolled students.

Exploring issues related to the complexities of curating as a manner of contemporary, cosmopolitan knowledge production, this course will examine the etiquette of intercultural mutualities and the anxieties of globalized courtship to render intelligible and generative curatorship as excitable anticipation.  Provisional themes include:

  • auteurship
  • collection as action
  • commodification
  • decolonisation
  • epistemic disobedience
  • museums on fire
  • hyper (art) objects
  • pluriversality
  • slow curating
  • spatial figurations

Students interested in or puzzled by curatorial practices from all majors are welcome to register.  Students who do not meet the course pre-requisites but wish to take this course for credit should contact the convenor (Cissie Fu) for exemption criteria.


6 credits of 200 level AHIS, DHIS, MHIS

Course outline
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Meeting Information: 
Date / Time Days Room Building
Jan 5-Apr 22
TH 301 SB