Module Identifier AH30110  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Ms Moira M Vincentelli  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Other staff , Mrs Belinda J Marking  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   5 Hours Seminar.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  50%
Semester Assessment 2500 word essay50%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. problematise concepts such as `art?, `the artist?, ` primitivism? in the context of the study of World Art and apply these to particular case studies or examples.

2. recognise the way that cultural exchange through trade, colonisation, and tourism affects the values attributed to art and artefacts and the status of the producers. You will understand the role of museums and exhibitions in this process and be able to apply these ideas to particular examples.

3. be effective in note-taking, reading critically, library research, essay writing and the presentation of ideas in class discussion.

Brief description

The aim of this course is to examine selected aspects of non-western visual culture in their social and historical context and to consider the on-going interchange between cultures which is not just a phenomenon of the recent past. The course will examine critically the concept of 'primitivism' and notions of 'art' and the 'artist' and will look at the way non-western art is displayed in exhibitions and museums, promoted in development projects, and marketed in shops. Theoretical issues will be examined through case studies of particular societies and historical moments. These will be used to consider how visual cultural artefacts are produced, used and valued by their own society and how these values may change when they are exchanged or seen outside that culture through, for example, colonisation, trade and tourism. The course will also consider who makes these things: is it men or women, artists or artisans, individuals or groups, people of high or low status, or with special or even magical powers, and are they full-time producers or occasional workers?

Reading Lists

James Clifford, (1988) The Predicament of Culture Twentieth century Ethnography, Literature and Art, London,Harvard U.P., Cambridge Mass
Shelley Errington (1998) The Death of Authentic Primitve Art and Other Tales of progress, University of California Press
Jeremy MacClancy (1997) Contesting Art, Art Politics and Identity in the Modern World Berg, Oxford
Ruth Phillips and Christopher Steiner (eds) (1999) Unpacking Culture, Art and Commodity in Colonial and Postcolonial Worlds University of California, Berkeley
Nicholas Thomas (1999) Possessions, Indigenous Art, Colonial Culture London Thames and Hudson
Olu Oguibe and O. Enwzor (eds) (1999) Reading the Contemporary, African Art from Theory to the Marketplace London, INIVA


This module is at CQFW Level 6