Courses focused on Conservation, Materiality, & Museology

See the list below for courses that focus on issues of conservation, materiality, and museology in Canada…

(F= Fall-term 2021; S=Winter-term 2022)

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RLG307H1-S – Museums and Material Religion (E. Vearncombe)

Museums have long collected and curated religious objects for public audiences, with missionaries as a primary collections source. Multiple visits to the Royal Ontario Museum and other museums will enable students to think critically about how museums received and presented these objects, while engaging with the challenges of museum curation.

ARH309H1-S – Archaeology, Ethics, and the Public (J. Jennings)

An analysis of ethics in contemporary archaeology that covers reburial and repatriation, interpretation of the archaeological record in the context of historically oppressed groups, ethnic minorities, and non-western societies, the ethics of collecting and managing cultural property, relationships with the media, the debates surrounding looting, and other issues.

FAH483H1-S – Introduction to Conservation: Materials, Deterioration, and Preservation in Art and Material Culture (H. Coxon)

An introduction to conservation, designed to give students a basic understanding of the field, its techniques, and its purposes. Sessions conducted by specialists in the Royal Ontario Museum conservation department.

FAH485H1-S – Collecting Canada: Canadian Pictorial Arts Collection at the Royal Ontario Museum (A. Gehmacher)

Theoretical and practical engagement with the ROM’s Canadian paintings, prints and drawing collections (18th-20th C). Through lectures, workshops, and seminars, we consider the collecting, interpretation, and display of images within the framework of “documentary art” and its various connotations.

FAH486H1-F – Case Studies at the Royal Ontario Museum (R. Fox)

In-depth investigation of objects at the Royal Ontario Museum. Content will vary according to the museum department offering the course in any given semester.

This project is supported by the Learning & Education Advancement Fund at the University of Toronto

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