Restriction: Must be in the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies doctoral or graduate certificate programs.
This course offers a comprehensive examination of Indigenous aesthetics across four distinct units. The curriculum draws upon the works of renowned artists such as Kent Monkman and Rebecca Belmore, as well as the insights of theorists like Gerald Vizenor and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. These units encompass foundational understandings of aesthetics and contemporary Indigenous art; a contrastive study of Indigenous aesthetictheory with settler perspectives; an immersive focus on the artistry and significance of basket-making in Indigenous cultures;and reflections on Indigenous futurity in juxtaposition with settler temporal conceptions. Each unit is punctuated by a week of theoretical study, interactive coursework, and experiential learning through crafting and tactile interactions. A confluence of readings, multimedia resources, and hands-on experiences ensures participants gain a profound grasp of Indigenous artforms, histories, and visions for the future. For the course culmination, students will produce a final paper complemented by a reflective portfolio and a unique creative component.