Art and critical theory: feminism and post-colonialism

Course Dates: 04/06/24 - 09/07/24
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: Online
Explore the role of critical theory within the field of art history, and learn new ways of thinking about art by focusing on feminism, post-colonial theory and the notion of the death of the author.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Art and critical theory: feminism and post-colonialism
  • Course Code: VB889
  • Dates: 04/06/24 - 09/07/24
  • Time: 18:30 - 20:30
  • Taught: Tue, Evening
  • Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: Irina Chkhaidze

Course Code: VB889

Tue, eve, 04 Jun - 09 Jul '24

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

‘Critical theory’ has had a profound impact on how we think and write about visual art, or even how we experience it, whether it would be a medieval panting or contemporary multi-media installation. In this 5-week course we will continue to explore the role that critical theory plays in the field of art history. The course is an introduction to the theoretical writing about art, how we look and how we respond to it. We will focus on the theory of the death of the author, feminist writing on art and the impact of post-colonial theory on reception and production of art. We cover such key authors as Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, Linda Nochlin, Laura Mulvey, Lucy Lippard, Edward Said and Homi K. Bhabha. The course can be taken either in conjunction with Art and Critical Theory – Ways to Think about Art – Vision and Gaze or separately.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• Introduction to critical theory including the authors such as Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, Linda Nochlin, Laura Mulvey, Lucy Lippard, Edward Said and Homi K. Bhabha.
• The impact of feminist and post-colonial theories on art practice and criticism.
• The relevance of the concepts developed within critical theory for thinking about and experiencing art.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Discuss key ideas of at least three authors.
• Demonstrate improved critical analysis skills and an ability to situate artworks in a broader theoretical context.
• Evaluate the role of theoretical texts for looking at and thinking about art.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for most levels. Entry-level knowledge of art history and/or philosophy will be an advantage; readiness to engage with theoretical texts is crucial.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information as well as basic functions of Zoom, specifically microphone and camera.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught with slide presentations, group discussions and short group exercises. There will be assigned weekly reading. Reading materials will be available online/digitally for download via a Google Classroom. You will be invited to join this Google Classroom within a week of the start of your course.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You might wish to bring a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Art and Critical Theory: Vision and Gaze
Art and Critical Theory: Rethinking "Nature"
Feminism in Modern and Contemporary Art
Animals in Art: From Medieval Art to Today.

VB595 Animals in Art: From Medieval Art to Today.

Irina Chkhaidze

Irina Chkhaidze completed her PhD in Art History at University College London. Prior to this, she studied Liberal Arts and gained an MA in Humanities in Germany. Irina has published articles on contemporary art, theories of posthumanism and human-animal relations. She has taught gallery-based courses at UCL, covering 19th to 21st century art. Currently, Irina also lectures on philosophy and social theory at Leeds Beckett University, and teaches on Critical Studies programme at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.