Dialogues: Global Perspectives on Art History - HA660

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Spring 5 30 (15) DR G Pooke checkmark-circle


This module explores a range of interconnections and tensions between western and non-western art historical and visual traditions. The lectures and seminars identify and consider examples of transcultural 'encounter' between principally western and non-western countries and territories, as well as appropriations from, and differences between, traditions of representational and non-representational art. In examining the influences, appropriations and cross-fertilizations of western and non-western art and culture the course will also place these within broader political and social histories, the rise of nationalism, continental trade relations, the advent of war, tourism, colonialism and imperialism. More broadly, the module will explore the nature and modalities of 'dialogue' from various critical and art historical perspectives, including the terms, elisions and the failures of such between western and non-western traditions. Visual and textual examples will also encompass the exclusions, altercations, violations and marginalization of non-western cultures and their traditions within and across this framework.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 36
Private study hours: 264
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Essay 1 (1500 words) (35%)
Essay 2 (2500 words) (45%)
Seminar Preparation (20%)

Indicative reading

Newall, D. (ed.) (2017), Art & Its Global Histories: A Reader (MUP)
Dohmen, R. (2018), Empire and Art: British India (MUP)
Carter, W. (2018), Art after Empire: From Colonialism to Globalisation (MUP)
Nochlin, L. (1983). 'The Imaginary Orient' in L. Nochlin, The Politics of Vision: Essays on Nineteenth Century Art and Society, New York: Harper and Rowe.
Said, E. (1978). Orientalism, Abingdon: Routledge.
Said. E. (1994). Culture and Imperialism, New York: Vintage
Young, R. J. C. (2004). White Mythologies, Abingdon: Routledge.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module Level 5 students will be able to:

- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the historical relationship and reciprocal influence of western and non-western traditions of art and visual culture from the Renaissance to the present;
- demonstrate the ability to offer a selective comparison of the aesthetic theories that have shaped western and non-western traditions;
- examine the influence of postcolonialist theorists and other theoretical frameworks on the discussion of western and non-western visual culture;
- examine a range of issues related to constructions of national and racial identity and artistic tradition and heritage through a selection of test case studies;
- demonstrate knowledge of subject-specific skills employed by art historians, in particular those relating to the visual analysis of works of art and to general visual literacy;
- contextualize the artistic influences and interchanges between western and non-western cultures within a broader history of imperialism, colonialism, Empire and Globalisation.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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