Courses

Fall 2019 MUSE Course Descriptions
MUSE 546: Producing Fwd: Museums Journal​
Therese Quinn, Wednesdays, 6:00pm-8:30pm, CRN:42068
Offering a platform for participating in and advancing the discourses of radical/critical museum studies and practice, Fwd: Museums Journal features research, essays, interviews, reviews, artwork, experiments and interventions received through an international open call for submissions.  Meeting weekly, enrolled students will read articles offering grounding in critical museum studies, review submissions, identify key publication components (contents, contributors, editing, formatting and design), and participate in all aspects of the journal’s production. Each student will be credited in the journal and receive a print copy when it is published in June 2020.  
 
Read about the journal and look at the current Call for Submissions and past issues at: https://fwdmuseumsjournal.weebly.com/  

Open to all graduate students.    

MUSE 546: Critical Museology in the African Diaspora
Dr. Lucy Mensah, Mondays, 12:00–2:30pm, CRN: 42258
Is it possible to decenter Western theories and practices of museology? This course approaches this question by exploring how curators, scholars, artists, architects, and writers of African descent have attempted to reconcile the imperialist histories of museums with their reparative possibilities, among them being the museum’s role in producing and circulating antiracist counter-histories. The course will consider how museum practitioners of the African Diaspora have addressed issues such as object display, collecting, provenance, interpretation, conservation, organizational culture, and institutional architecture. At stake are the terms by which black historiographies are produced, sustained, and protected in the face of dominant myths around the value of black memory and cultural production. 
 
MUSE 544: Public Engagement in Museums.
Jen Delos Reyes, Thursdays, 5:00pm-7:45pm, CRN: 42067
Development of methods of audience and public interaction with exhibiting institutions and forms. Includes practicum in publicity, promotion, audience-development assessment. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the Department.
 
MUSE 542: Exhibition Practies
Dr. Lucy Mensah, Wednesdays, 12:00pm-2:30pm, CRN: 42066
Core course in exhibition making history and practices. Exposure to the mechanics of preparing exhibitions in physical and virtual environments; exhibition planning, design, management, and marketing. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the Department.