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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF3042 Cultural Diversity in Museum and Material Culture - Case Study

20 creditsClass Size: 38

Module manager: Dr Eva Frojmovic
Email: E.Frojmovic@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

Pre-requisite qualifications

ARTF2000 or any level two ARTF coded module

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

PRE-REQUISITES: Students wishing to take this module as an elective at level three must have completed at least 20 credits from ARTF2000 or any other level two ARTF coded module.Museums are increasingly conscious of the need to be socially inclusive. Traditional models of privileging high art and 'white western' art have come under sharp criticism. On this module, we will examine how museums have integrated (or failed to do so) the artefacts of the Jewish minorities in Europe and the USA. We will look at the historical reasons for the omission of Jewish culture from many museums, and the particularities of the models adopted for Jewish museums and Jewish exhibits in ethnographic and local history contexts. Topics will include: - From West End to East End: Identity politics at the Anglo-Jewish Historical Exhibition of 1887- The Whitechapel exhibition of 1906- Exhibiting Jews and the problem of race at the World Fairs- Early Jewish Museums- Living in a museum: the architectural, spatial and material culture of the Jewish communities of Venice, Prague and Amsterdam between Renaissance and Modernity- Gender and material culture- Virtual spaces: the lost synagogues of Eastern Europe and strategies of reconstruction- Museums and politics in Israel.Assessment: 1 x 1 hour exam (50%) and 1 x 2-3,000 word essay (50%).

Objectives

On completion of this module, students should:
- have a clear and critical understanding of the ways in which major developments in museum culture have impacted on the study of the architectural and material culture of Jewish minorities in Europe;
- be able to analyse the historical reasons for the ommission of Jewish culture from many mainstream art museums, and the particularities of the diverse models adopted for Jewish museums and Jewish exhibits in ethnographic and local history museums worldwide;
- be able to research a presentation and an essay on particular sites of Jewish museum and material culture, and relate them to significant concepts learned during the module.

Skills outcomes
- Verbal and written fluency in constructing a logical and coherent argument.
- Use of audio visual aids
- Participation in group discussions
- Co-ordination and dissemination of a range of historical, contextual visual information
- Using bibliographies and databases.


Syllabus

Topics covered on this module will include:

1. Why the British museum has no space for Jewish civilisation, but the V&A has
> The discovery and dissemination of Jewish art: a manuscript facsimile in the Austrian empire and a synagogue excavation in Syria.

2-3. Collecting Jewish artefacts between the national, the ethnic and the religious models
> Identity politics, empire and exhibitions: the Anglo-Jewish Exhibition of 1887
> Exhibiting Jews and the problem of race at the Universal expositions.

4-5. Living in a museum: the architectural, spacial and material culture of the Jewish communities of Venice, Prague and Amsterdam between Renaissance and Modernity.

6. Gender and material culture: the case of synagogue textiles.

7. Virtual spaces: the lost synagogues of Eastern Europe and strategies of reconstruction.

8-9: Modernity and the search for Jewish monumentality and self-representation.

10. Conclusion:
> Museums and politics in Israel
> Post-1945 and the dominance of Holocaust museums and memorials.

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
Seminar112.0022.00
Private study hours178.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

88 hours - weekly reading
20 hours - presentation work
48 hours - essay work
22 hours - museum report.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- presentations
- museum/exhibition report due after reading week
- attendance at seminars
- registers taken
- contribution to class discussions.

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
Essay1 x 2,000-3,000 word essay50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 27/01/2010

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