What is the course about?
The course is about how humans use their body to communicate social meanings through what they wear and style themselves according to cultural rules.
Max Carocci has been working at the intersection between anthropology, art and museums since 2002. He conducted fieldwork among Native North Americans and continues to work with them on issues of art and museums. He has taught and programmed courses for a variety of Universities and colleges among which Birkbeck College (Art history, Museum cultures), UCL Department of Anthropology, Chelsea College’s MA Museum and Curating, the American University Richmond. He is currently lecturing on Art, Anthropology, Museums and Globalisation at Goldsmiths College (2018-ongoing) in the Department of Anthropology.
Max has nearly ten year experience as curator in the UK and abroad and served as consultant and researcher in museums in the UK, the Netherlands, USA, Switzerland, Germany, and France. Presently Max is working on two books on ethnographic representations and drawings with Native American art historian Stephanie Pratt (Dakota Nation).
What will we cover?
Clothing, dress, fashion, body decoration and alteration as points on a continuum from nude to totally covered. We will touch upon fashion, clothing and customary ideas about the body and the meanings and messages conveyed through it.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Describe relationships between clothing, dress and society
Explain the difference between custom and fashion
Summarise different clothing traditions cross-comparatively
Illustrate dress traditions linking ideas of the body with clothing and fashions.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is taught at beginners level, so no previous knowledge of anthropology is necessary. Some degree of analysis and intellectual agility are a plus, but not a requirement.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is run through a mix of teaching methods, which include lectures, slide presentations, film clips, group work, question and answer, brainstorming sessions, the use of charts, and class discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No additional costs. Please bring pen and paper (or electronic equivalent.
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