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ART/SLA/ECS 466 The Crossroads of Invention: Art, Society, and Identity in East Central Europe (1500-1914)

November 12, 2019

Spring 2020 COURSE APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4:00PM NOVEMBER 18, 2019

The class will explore the role of art in negotiating cultural difference in the historical Commonwealth of Poland-Lithuania. A crossroad of several trade routes, the state fostered religious tolerance legislation with hardly any parallel on the continent. Simultaneously, such social framework was not immune to ongoing tensions long before the advent of 19th-century nationalisms. In order to explore what ideals and challenges the concept of ‘commonwealth’ entailed before and during the emergence of nation-states, each seminar will focus on a specific cross-cultural encounter, including the Dutch, the Ottoman Empire, the Caribbean, and Russia.Note that it is hoped that the course will include students from a broad range of backgrounds, from closely related to this subject by major interest to far removed, from fitting a curricular need to stretching one’s undergraduate experience in a meaningful way. If you are admitted to this class, you must agree to attend the study trip to Poland. The approximate dates for this trip will be March 13–22, 2020. 

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Professor Kaufmann