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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF5189M Procuring Representation: Contemporary Art, East Asia, Gender

30 creditsClass Size: 18

Module manager: Dr Maki Fukuoka
Email: m.fukuoka@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Exploring the relationship between gender and contemporary art practices in the context of East Asia is an emergent, if not nascent, field in an Anglophone world. This module takes seriously the potential in the sets of problematics that arise out of such attempts as a way to de-centre the broader discourses of art and cultural histories. What are the consequences of colonial experiences of the region in contemporary art practices and education? How do linguistic and cultural differences and similarities among the region challenge or facilitate the practices and appreciation of art? What are the ramifications of assuming abstract universalism in gender? The module explores these issues through select historical and cultural readings, contemporary theories, and analyses of select contemporary art.Cultural, historical, and linguistic knowledge of the region is not a pre-requisite. However, students are expected to be willing to make the module content relevant to their broader academic interests. In this light, each students’ sustained and energetic participation in seminar discussion is pivotal to their own learning outcome of the module.

Objectives

Exploring the relationship between gender and contemporary art practices in the context of East Asia is an emergent, if not nascent, field in an Anglophone world. This module takes seriously the potential in the sets of problematics that arise out of such attempts as a way to de-centre the broader discourses of art and cultural histories. The module explores issues such as roles of colonialism, differing definitions of art, and social context through select historical and cultural readings , contemporary theories, and analyses of select contemporary works of art.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module, the students should be able to:
1. Synthesize readings from different humanities disciplines with confidence
2. Construct an informed and coherent interpretation based on the self-directed research, texts, and class discussions
3. Listen to and reason with others publicly on academic subjects
4. Approach unfamiliar objects and cultures with a self-reflectivity and critical thinking


Syllabus

There are three key terms we concentrate to situate the relationship between contemporary East Asian art and gender: ‘art’, ‘art museums and education’ and ‘gender’. We will spend three seminar meetings on each of the terms, where we explore historical knowledge in tandem with contemporary interjections and works. This module offers accumulative learning, rather than an abridged survey.

Topics which may be covered include
Problems of unevenness, the allure of evenness
What ‘art’ enabled and erased in Japan
The interpolated practices in Korea
Conceptualizing ‘Art’ of ‘East Asia’
The Avant-garde, institutions, and national narratives
The possibilities and limitations of national art histories
Making art and earning a living
Women’s movements and their consequences
Non-Political as a stance
Collaboration as a form of de-centring

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Seminar103.0030.00
Private study hours270.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

All assigned readings will be available on VLE. Students are expected to spend at least 12-15 hours individually preparing for each seminar meeting. The bibliography on VLE will also include an expanded list of recommended readings to help students identify and further their interests.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The tutor will provide feedback on all types of assessments, including in-class presentations. During the semester, there are three such opportunities. These feedbacks will assist students to prepare their final essay projects. The tutor is available to discuss individual feedback or inquires further during the office hours or by appointment.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay5400-6000 words70.00
ReportA in-seminar 20 min presentation on final essay project15.00
Literature ReviewA 10–15 min in-seminar presentation on the select artist, art museum, art university10.00
PresentationDiscussion leader/questions5.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

If a student misses or fails the following two assessment components, they will have an opportunity to resit by presenting in front of the module leader, rather than a class. 1) 20 min seminar presentation (15%) 2) Brief (10 – 15 min) in-seminar presentation on the select artist, art museum, art university (10%) If a student misses or fails the Discussion leader/questions (5%) assessment, they will produce guiding questions and outlines of their discussion plan on a A4 paper. It is compulsory for students to pass all assessment components in order to pass the module overall.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019

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