Globalization & Contemp Art
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory
Course Number: PGHT 5620
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
"Globalism" has become a dominant topic of discussion in contemporary art: from exhibitions to the curator, institutions have been "globalized" and practices are no longer viewed through the lens of limited nationalist or cultural traditions. The subject of globalism, however, is as fraught as it is ubiquitous. On the one hand, it represents inclusiveness, in which the parameters of culture are expanded outside of a Eurocentric perspective. On the other hand, it is viewed in a far less benign light, as the larger processes of globalization‹political, economic, social and technological result in new forms of imperialism, or the destruction of the local and the specific, or an expansion of multinational capital. This course examines this dualism, approaching the globalism/globalization question in terms of a series of related, sometimes conflicting, models, theories, and historical events. Readings are broad in scope and interdisciplinary in nature, drawn from the fields of economics, political science, philosophy and literary studies, among others.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Open to: All university graduate degree students.