The PhD in Cultural Mediations offers students a range of engaging research seminars with a strong interdisciplinary focus. These seminars are cross-listed and can be applied towards different graduate programs. 

ARTH 5115/CLMD 6102: London, Asia, Art, Worlds

An Online Summer course by Professor Ming Tiampo
Carleton University
School for Studies in Art and Culture: Art History
Early Summer (May/June), Blended, Tuesdays/Thursdays 8:30-11:30 am EST

London, Asia, Art, Worlds posits London as a key site in the construction of art historical narratives in Asia, and reflects on the ways in which the growing field of modern and contemporary art history in Asia intersects with and challenges existing histories of British art. By excavating historical entanglements and relational comparisons that link London and Asia, the course questions the boundaries of national and regional histories, and explores new distributive and decolonial models of writing art histories. While this seminar engages with historical material that addresses historiographies of British Art History and Asian Art History, it also thinks more broadly, and addresses questions of transnational art history, global art history, diasporic art history, and their intersections in a variety of contexts.

This course will be taught in conjunction with the month-long conference London, Asia, Art, Worlds being co-organized by Professor Tiampo with Hammad Nasar and Sarah Turner who co-lead the ‘London, Asia’ project at Yale University’s Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London. The course will spend the first half of the semester preparing for the conference, considering the future of cultural programming in an increasingly digital and global environment given the constraints of the current pandemic, as well as the transnational opportunities that it opens up. Students will also participate in a digital exchange with art students at the National College of Arts, Lahore (Pakistan) and the Slade School of Fine Art (UK) that is intended to result in the publication of a short essay. The second half of the course, students will engage fully with the conference, contribute to the conference’s collective digital humanities project, and develop their own independent research.

Image: Anwar Jalal Shemza, Meem, 1964. Image by Vipul Sangoi. Butcher Family Collection. Digital image courtesy Jhaveri Contemporary © The Estate Anwar Jalal Shemza.