This course is open to students of the MA Asian Studies (research) or another relevant Research MA programmes, who are interested in Art History; Early Modern and Modern Asian Art; Visual Culture; Cultural politics; Cultural History; Global South and Transnational Asian Aesthetics; Asian Studies; Global History; International Studies.
Students from other departments are kindly referred to the course description of the regular MA course.
This course investigates how art and art practices have contributed to producing power as well as facilitating escape and resistance in early modern and modern Asia. We explore the connections and ruptures between early modernity and modernity in different regions of Asia with a focus on three major fields in which people created parallel spaces dominated by authorities and alternative communities: Space (Fan Lin), Escape (Doreen Mueller), and Opposition (Sanjukta Sunderason). The first two sections - Space and Escape - will focus on modes of expression in the visual culture of early modern Asia. In the Space section, we will examine three types of spatial realities: religious/auspicious space, urban space, and natural space in crisis. The section on escape moves to exploring modes of temporary withdrawal from orthodox realities in the form of retirement to nature, as well as urban forms of escape such as the theatre and eroticism. The third section - Opposition - moves to the modern period, and looks at 19th and 20th century art and visual cultures from Asia that emerged out of socio-political encounters and negotiations, and counter/hegemonic imaginations.
This pilot course brings together for the first time art from transnational Asian contexts and histories and forges dialogues between pre-modern and modern histories of art, as well as those between art-making, political thought, human-nature interfaces and meta-processes of empire, colonialism, decolonization, displacements and internationalisms.
Improved research skills
Critical reading and evaluation skills
Composition and writing skills
Exposure to theoretical and archival material from the field
Mode of instruction
Attendance and participation are obligatory for seminars. Students are required to attend all sessions. The convenors need to be informed without delay of any classes missed for a good reason (i.e. due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness, family issues, problems with residence permits, the Dutch railways in winter, etc.). In these cases it is up to the discretion of the convener(s) of the course whether or not the missed class will have to be made up with an extra assignment. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.
|Total course load: 10 EC x 28 hours
|Classes (12 weeks x 2 contact hours)
|Extra contact hours ResMA students
|Practical work: Weekly group web-posting assignments & presentations 2 x 10 sessions
|Papers: 3 Short Essays for 3 modules (Space; Escape; Opposition)
|Studying: 40 pages (approx.) x 10 sessions 400 pages
Students should familiarize themselves with the notion of academic integrity and the ways in which this plays out in their own work. A good place to start is this page. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Students may not substantially reuse texts they have previously submitted in this or other courses. Minor overlap with previous work is allowed as long as it is duly noted in citation.
Assessment and weighing
|Class participation/contribution, webpostings and presentations
|3 Short Essays of 1,500 words each on three key modules of the course (Space; Escape; Opposition): 3 x 20%
Class participation/contribution, webpostings and presentations (through out the semester). These will include working in groups on webpostings and class presentations. Weekly webpostings of 250-300 words approx. will need to be submitted on Bightspace. Detailed instructions to be provided in class.
Resits will be allowed only for the final essays (60% of the course)
Inspection and feedback
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
t.b.a. closer to the start of the semester
ResMA students taking the course for credit are required to register through uSis. To avoid mistakes and problems, students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the timetable in the column under the heading “USIS-Actnbr.”. More information on uSis is available in Dutch and English. You can also have a look at the FAQ.
Students with disabilities
The university is committed to supporting and accommodating students with disabilities as stated in the university protocol (especially pages 3-5). Students should contact Fenestra Disability Centre at least four weeks before the start of their courses to ensure that all necessary academic accommodations can be made in time conform the abovementioned protocol.