What is the course about?
The course explores how visual cultures and art intersect around the theme of shamanism. From shamans as artists to shamanism as inspiration, or artists as shamans, and art with shamanic content, we present various connections that reveal the pull and appeal that these themes have in the contemporary world.
What will we cover?
-The Shaman as artist
-Artists as shamans
-Shamanic themes in art
-Art made for shamanic practice from around the world.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Tell the difference between shamanism and other esoteric practices
Explain how art and shamanism converge
List reasons for the sustained appeal of shamanism in today’s world.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Anyone interested to challenge preconceptions about shamanism and art is welcome. The course is based on anthropological theories, but elementary explanations will be given to ensure that students with no prior exposure to anthropology can understand. You only need an open mind, intellectual curiosity, and the ability to analyse and critically assess art and its contents.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
No activities are scheduled outside the class, but some exercises will be run during the day. The day is structured following an image rich Powe point presentation. Questions and answers will be encouraged, and some clips may be shown to complement the conversation.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You may want to bring pen and paper to jot down some ideas, and help you with your class exercises.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Have a look at our range of Anthropology courses on our website or in our prospectus.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details