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Introduction to Anthropology of Arts - YMSKA54
Title: Introduction to Anthropology of Arts
Guaranteed by: Programme Anthropological studies (24-KOA)
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Actual: from 2023
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 5
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/0, MC [HT]
Capacity: 30 / unknown (30)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
Key competences:  
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Dr. phil. Melanie Janet Sindelar, M.Sc.
Teacher(s): Dr. phil. Melanie Janet Sindelar, M.Sc.
Class: Courses available to incoming students
Co-requisite : {The course under this code is intended for MA level students. BA students interested in this course need to enrol the BA level code that begins with "YB".}
Incompatibility : YBAJ222, YBSC210
Is incompatible with: YBAJ222, YBSC210
Annotation - Czech
Last update: Bc. Jakub Kvizda (05.06.2023)
The lecture provides an introduction to the history, theory, and methodology within the anthropology of art. It starts out by discussing terminological issues and the difference between art-historical and art-anthropological approaches. After introducing earlier anthropological studies on art, the lecture focuses on key debates within this sub-discipline, including: differences between material culture and art, questions of agency, primitivism, aesthetics, and iconography, as well as art and technology. Following, newer art-anthropological research will be discussed in the context of art as a commodity, the collection and display of modern and contemporary art, art’s circulation in global art worlds, as well as the provenance and restitution politics of art.
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