The course examines practices and experiences of war through the lens of art. The goal is to enable students to develop different and broader understandings of warfare – to consider ways in which war informs and intervenes in everyday life; to analyze an array of interactions between war, its spectators and its participants; and to ponder modes in which war mobilizes bodies and emotions.
This semester, the course revolves around the exhibit Aftermath: The Fallout of War – America & the Middle East at the Harn Museum of Art. The exhibit and its accompanying events (lectures, discussions, and performance) encourage an intellectual and affective engagement with victims, veterans and witnesses of contemporary wars, thus extending beyond assigned classroom meeting times. Much like its topic, the course demands serious emotional and time commitment, also reflected in the number and the type of assignments for the course.