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Fall 2018 History GR8906 section 001

Call Number 77383
Day & Time
M 10:10am-2:00pm
260 Chandler
Points 4
Approvals Required None
Instructor Pamela Smith
Course Description Chandler 260 , This course studies the materials, techniques, settings, and meanings of skilled craft and artistic practices in the early modern period (1350-1750), in order to reflect upon a series of issues, including craft knowledge and artisanal epistemology; the intersections between craft and science; and questions of historical methodology and evidence in the reconstruction of historical experience. The course will be run as a “Laboratory Seminar,” with discussions of primary and secondary materials, as well as text- and object-based research and hands-on work in a laboratory. One component of the Making and Knowing Project of the Center for Science and Society, this course contributes to the collaborative production of a transcription, English translation, and critical edition of a late sixteenth-century manuscript in French, BnF Ms. Fr. 640. In fall 2018, the course will focus on the cultural context, materials, and techniques of “making impressions” upon a variety of surfaces, including making reliefs for ornament and for printing, and inscribing metal, including engraving and etching. Several entries in the manuscript use what we think of as “print techniques” for metal decoration or making seals and molds, and other entries discuss printers’ type, and make use of prints for image transfer. Students will begin with skill-building exercises in culinary reconstruction, pigment making, and molding, and then, with advice from a visiting “expert maker,” will choose a research focus from the entries in the manuscript that cover such topics as draftsmanship, engraving techniques, print transfer, and other topics that intersect with printing and printmaking. The course will be taught this year only in fall 2018. It is not necessary to have either prior lab experience or French language skills. Please don't hesitate to contact Pamela Smith,, if you have questions.
Web Site Vergil
Department History
Enrollment 12 students (12 max) as of 12:12AM Friday, December 14, 2018
Status Full
Subject History
Number GR8906
Section 001
Division Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Open To Graduate School of Arts and Science
Campus Morningside
Section key 20183HIST8906G001

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