Honors Courses of the Day
Art History & Music Studies
Counterfeits, Looting & the Ethics of Collecting (Art history 2904.01, CRN: 27386)
Professor: Jane Evans
About: Did you know that the Getty Museum paid over 9 million dollars for a statue that many now consider a fake? That some curators believe that 40% of the art on the market today is fake or so restored that we can consider the pieces fake? We will begin looking at some prominent fakes that took in scholars (the Metropolitan’s “Etruscan” Warriors), talk about when something becomes a fake, and problematic pieces that are still on display. Fakes are made because there is so much money in the art market, and we will see how this market developed. In doing so we will see how Napoleon’s policies ultimately lead to the looting on a massive scale in Nazi Germany; discuss the modern development of international law on looting and the protection of antiquities; discuss the United States’ responsibility in Iraq during Desert Storm and archaeologist’s concerns about the black market in antiquities. Finally, we will look at various means of how governments try Page19 to protect their antiquities (paying attention to the real-life soap operas like the Lydian Hoard); what is the role of museums in protecting antiquities (looking at the major news story on the indictment of the curator of the Getty, and the return of the stolen Euphronios vase by the Metropolitan Museum); what dealers do; and how an ethical collector can pursue his/her hobby responsibly.
About the Professor: I am a working field archaeologist, and lately have worked in Turkey, Jordan and France, and so have an immediate interest in these complex problems. I have high standards for my students and myself. The evaluations I have gotten in the past tell me that the topics are fresh, important, and interesting, and this may be one of the most unusual courses you take at Temple.
Sex, Self & Subversion: Queer Theories & Pop Music (Music Studies 3900.01, CRN: 27637)
Professor: Shana Goldin-Perschbacher
About: How do we come to identify with certain musicians? How does their music affect the way we feel about life and one another? How do listening, dancing, and singing influence sense of self and formation of community? Sociologist and rock critic Simon Frith argues: “Identity is not a thing but a process -- an experiential process which is most vividly grasped as music. [...] [M]usic […] articulates in itself an understanding of both group relations and individuality, on the basis of which ethical codes and social ideologies are understood. […] Making music isn’t a way of expressing ideas; it is a way of living them”(1996: 110-1). Queer theory explores the ways in which identity is a process (both for people who may identify as LGBT as well as for those who identify as straight and/or cisgender). What insights are possible about identity when studying popular music? What is “popular” music? Can “popular” be subversive? Finally, how do the tools we use to think about what counts as "popular" shape our understanding of what it contains? Or, to put it another way, what are the ethics of aesthetics, the effects of methodology? This class will be a discussion-based seminar with short writing assignments and a take home, open-notes, open-book essay exam. Students do not need to have musical experience or be able to read music, but those who do are welcome to put those skills to use in their work.
About the Professor: : I specialize in popular music and feminist, queer, and transgender studies. I've published about how fans interacted with Jeff Buckley's vulnerable, intimate performance aesthetic, how Bjork's songs about motherhood explore peace and war, Meshell Ndegeocello and the challenges of labeling her music, gender, and politics, and Antony Hegarty's transgender musical performances. I'm currently writing a book about contemporary transgender and genderqueer roots/Americana musicians. I joined Temple's Music Studies faculty in August 2014 after teaching music, feminist, and queer studies at Stanford and Yale. I have a feisty little dog. I like biking, softball, yoga playing the viola, and going to the beach.